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Höllentour (2004)

A look behind the scenes of the toughest cycling race in the world on the occasion of the 100the anniversary of the Tour de France.


Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer (co-director) (as Werner 'Swiss' Schweizer)


Pepe Danquart

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Cast overview:
Erik Zabel Erik Zabel ... Himself
Rolf Aldag Rolf Aldag ... Himself
Andreas Klöden Andreas Klöden ... Himself
Alexander Vinokurov Alexander Vinokurov ... Himself
Steve Zampieri Steve Zampieri ... Himself
Dieter Ruthenberg Dieter Ruthenberg ... Himself (as 'Eule' Dieter Ruthenberg)
Mario Kummer Mario Kummer ... Himself
Serge Laget Serge Laget ... Himself


Every year, the legendary Tour de France race and its participants capture the hearts and minds of a million onlookers all over the world. In Höllentour, Oscar winning filmmaker Pepe Danquart and co-director Werner Schweizer take a behind-the-scenes ride with the T-Mobile team 2003, whose courage and perseverance make for nail-biting action. Shot on the race's 100th anniversary, the film also tells of the event's fascinating history, how it grew from simple origins to the money-maker of today. Searching for the truth behind the spectacle, the film takes an emotional roller coaster with some of the world's elite athletes as they persist through injury, victory and pain.

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Documentary | Sport


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English | French | German

Release Date:

10 June 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell on Wheels See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Finally! A cycling movie NOT ABOUT LANCE ARMSTRONG!
15 October 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

'Hell On Wheels' is a great documentary that takes us along with the German team as they compete for the Tour De France title in 2003. Although the names are unfamiliar, the race is most certainly not. The film has a great mixture of what preparations the team has to go through, as well as a brief history, as well as a general map of what the cyclists has to go through. Me? I don't follow cycling all that seriously, so I found this immensely interesting. The German members are of course, trying to beat the number one guy, the terribly overexposed Lance Armstrong, who, while he is indeed in the film, takes a back seat (or saddle seat, if you will) to the Germans. And although the conclusion is perfectly obvious, it was really riveting to share with them their highs and lows on competing such a grueling race (and then, for example, immediately having to sign autographs). Well worth watching.

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