Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.


Hans Weingartner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Rainer
Elsa Sophie Gambard Elsa Sophie Gambard ... Pegah
Milan Peschel ... Phillip
Gregor Bloéb Gregor Bloéb ... Maiwald
Tom Jahn ... Bernd
Andreas Brandt Andreas Brandt ... Karl-Heinz
Robert Viktor Minich Robert Viktor Minich ... Harry
Ralf Knicker Ralf Knicker ... Sebastian
Irshad Panjatan Irshad Panjatan ... Gopal
Simone Hanselmann ... Anna
Doris Golpashin Doris Golpashin ... Showmoderatorin
Peer Jäger Peer Jäger ... Gründgens
Us Conradi Us Conradi ... Frau Arnim
Franziska Knuppe Franziska Knuppe ... Maiwalds Freundin
Vinzenz Kiefer ... Titanic Mann


Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Comedy | Drama


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When the rating box is presented it only displays one box. However in real life it contains an extra screen, which displays which member of the viewer family is logged on. However as correctly portrayed in the movie each member has an own button and can log on as an extra viewer, including guests. See more »


Rainer Kuhhirt: [on the phone] Do you know anyone who has a rating box at home? See? That's what I mean. No, I don't even know anyone who knows someone who knows someone who has such a thing at home and I work for television for years.
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a step forward for weingartner!!!
23 November 2007 | by imdb1-34See all my reviews

I don't get where all these jealous people come from who are writing those bad comments... First of all, this is not a comedy, it's a drama about the modern television, how it manipulates us and our lives.

The actors, as in DIE FETTEN JAHRE SIND VORBEI are very well casted and do a pretty good job here, especially Bleibtreu. The photography is manily realistic and in a documentary style and so is the acting. Some might think that its a bit overdosed showing the TV-producers doing nothing else than sniffing coke and being assholes but those who work in the business will recognize most of it.

I really enjoyed watching the movie, even if it could have been a bit shorter and to the point. There are not many directors in Germany which are brave enough to write such explosive stuff!

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Release Date:

15 November 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Rainer See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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