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The Edukators (2004)

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (original title)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Hans Weingartner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Jan
Julia Jentsch ... Jule
Stipe Erceg ... Peter
Burghart Klaußner ... Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ... Villenbesitzer Jürgen
Petra Zieser Petra Zieser ... Villenbesitzerin
Laura Schmidt Laura Schmidt ... Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz Sebastian Butz ... Sohn
Oliver Bröcker Oliver Bröcker ... Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger Knut Berger ... Globalisierungsgegner
Hanns Zischler ... Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo Claudio Caiolo ... Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider Sylvia Haider ... Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen Claudia Jakobshagen ... Neureiche Frau 2
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Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Every Heart is a revolutionary cell See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The tagline in the English-language releases of the film, "Your days of plenty are numbered", is a direct translation of the film's original German title. See more »

Goofs

When Jan and Peter are driving with their van. You can see in the back window of the van a camera man with his camera. See more »

Quotes

[last words]
Note on Wall: "Some People Never Change."
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Crazy Credits

There is an additional take after the credits related to the last project of the three protagonists. See more »

Alternate Versions

All foreign (non-German) theatrical versions omit a scene in the ending. The reason for this is that the scene had not been finished at the time the movie was shown at the Cannes film festival. But the distribution rights had already been sold to 44 countries and the director didn't want to force local distributors to take the new ending. See more »

Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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68'er Funk
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The revolution starts.... now!
28 January 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

I'm sure there will be plenty of people that will accuse "The edukators" of being such a cheap anti-capitalism manifest, a "cool" product designed for rich boys who feel like making a revolution. Whatever, nowadays we need idealism more than ever, we need to believe in lost causes, we have to appeal to the dignity of the individual and to spit in the riches' faces. "The Edukators" is one way of doing all those things from the cinema screen by telling the story of three rebel young guys that won't stay and look without doing a thing while the big corporations destroy this world and turn us into working-hard zombies. They have an idea: to assault mansions, mess everything up, to make trouble just to scare the owners... not to steal, not to break things. It is all about disconcerting. Obviously their "game" will soon get out of hand, they'll get involved in a kidnapping, and they will bump into something that's more powerful than revolution or ideals: love. Two boys, one girl... that means TROUBLES.

As I said, we need more movies like this one that are so well made, and also tries to open people's eyes. (Unfortunatelly I'm sure that those who should get their eyes opened will never watch "The Edukators".

PS: It is worth to watch "The Edukators" even if it's just for the last minutes of the film, with Jeff Buckley singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallellujah" (that also proves the director's exquisite taste).

*My rate: 8/10


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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,075, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$175,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,152,859
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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