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Räuber Kneißl (2008)

1892. Dachau, Bavaria. A family of thieves end up in prison. One of the sons dream of emigrating to America.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Brückner ... Mathias Kneißl
Brigitte Hobmeier ... Mathilde Danner
Thomas Schmauser ... Gendarm Förtsch
Maria Furtwängler ... Theresia Kneißl
Christian Lerch Christian Lerch ... Anton Wörndl
Andreas Giebel ... Pfarrer Endl
Michael Fitz Michael Fitz ... Mathias Kneißl sen.
Florian Brückner Florian Brückner ... Alois Kneißl
Stefanie von Poser Stefanie von Poser ... Katharina Kneißl
Adele Neuhauser Adele Neuhauser ... Tante Martha Danner
Sigi Zimmerschied Sigi Zimmerschied ... Flecklbauer
Tilo Prückner ... Schreiner Christof
Stephan Zinner Stephan Zinner ... Edi Holzleitner
Simon Schwarz ... Gendarm Grasser
Michael Kranz ... Gendarm Hildebrand


At the beginning of the twentieth century, one man stirred Bavarian emotions: the legendary Robber Kneißl. While the authorities make the capture of the alleged felon their top priority, the common people love their "Hias" (Kneißl): He is one of them and he defies every injustice done to him, right down to the end. For when a man like him has no chance to live upright in his own country, he'll do anything to begin anew, with his one and only - in America. It's a race against time, and the stakes are nothing less than life and death. Written by Wiedemann & Berg Film

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Good movie, but the local colour was not genuine!
25 September 2008 | by TuranSee all my reviews

I watched the movie with my girl friend, who lives at Dachau and comes from a small village near Kneißl's birthplace. We had watched more of Rosenmüller's movies, and more likely than not we recognized some places in her neighbourhood.

But not this time. In the end we found out that the larger part of the movie had been filmed in the Czech republic. (Rosenmüller needed an old farm that was in a bad shape!) So it was a good movie with some fake local colour, but the actors were genuine Bavarians with a genuine dialect!

Kneißl himself certainly was no Bavarian version of Robin Hood, but a petty criminal who was framed by a local policeman when he was released after his first prison sentence. But even then he was guilty of murder or at least manslaughter, not to mention his robberies.

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21 August 2008 (Germany) See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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