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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.

Directors:

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

Writer:

Pepe Danquart
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

Germany

Language:

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:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A must for all cycling fans
11 June 2004 | by M-C-HooperSee all my reviews

Höllentour is a film about the 2003 edition of the Tour de France, following the trials and tribulations (of which there are many) of Erik Zabel and Rolf Aldag, two riders of the German "Team Telekom". But the cameras also show you what goes on before and after the events of the stages, with a few historical bits of film thrown in. It's a fascinating document about one of the world's largest sporting events, and it's even quite interesting if you're not that keen on Road Race Cycling. At two hours total length however, the film is just a few minutes too long. One or two scenes could have been cut without loosing anything. As this is the only complaint I have I'll give it 9/10, as it is definitely a film I will buy once it comes out on DVD!


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