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Based on the true story that shocked a nation in the summer of 1988 and revealed the scandalizing amount of errors committed by the media and the police in a half-baked attempt to rescue hostages.




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Series cast summary:
Sascha Alexander Gersak Sascha Alexander Gersak ...  Hans-Jürgen Rösner 2 episodes, 2018
Marie Rosa Tietjen Marie Rosa Tietjen ...  Marion Löblich 2 episodes, 2018
Alexander Scheer ...  Dieter Degowski 2 episodes, 2018
Martin Wuttke ...  Peter Möller (Leiter Kripo Bremen) 2 episodes, 2018
Zsá Zsá Inci ...  Silke Bischoff 2 episodes, 2018
Johannes Allmayer Johannes Allmayer ...  Harald Engels 2 episodes, 2018
Lilli Fichtner Lilli Fichtner ...  Ines Voitle 2 episodes, 2018
Ulrich Noethen ...  Einsatzleiter Recklinghausen 2 episodes, 2018
Riccardo Campione Riccardo Campione ...  Emanuele de Giorgi 2 episodes, 2018
Amelie Kiefer Amelie Kiefer ...  Karin Blank 2 episodes, 2018
August Zirner ...  Herbert Schnoor (Innenminister NRW) 2 episodes, 2018
Giolina Ardente Giolina Ardente ...  Tatiana de Giorgi 2 episodes, 2018
Vinicio Marchioni ...  Aldo de Giorgi 2 episodes, 2018
Lara Brucci Lara Brucci ...  Giuseppina de Giorgi 2 episodes, 2018
Tatja Seibt ...  Helene Bischoff 2 episodes, 2018
Uli Krohm Uli Krohm ...  Heinrich Bischoff 2 episodes, 2018
Moritz Leu Moritz Leu ...  Henrik 2 episodes, 2018
Harald Maack ...  Paul Mikolajczak 2 episodes, 2018
Stephan Kampwirth ...  Bernd Meyer (Bremer Innensenator) 2 episodes, 2018
Christian Beermann ...  Hans Steinwald 2 episodes, 2018
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict 2 episodes, 2018
Sven Gerhardt Sven Gerhardt 2 episodes, 2018
Michael Lott 2 episodes, 2018
Jörg Malchow Jörg Malchow 2 episodes, 2018
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As life slows down on a hot summer's day in 1988, an armed bank robbery goes awry. While fleeing from the police, the two gangsters take an entire busload hostage. The ensuing manhunt, however, turns into a disaster. The police make fools of themselves with their amateurish operations and, above all, are obstructed by the nation's media who swoop down on the events in their rat race for the juiciest pictures and live interviews with the kidnappers. As Rösner, the driving force of the duo, orchestrates their 54 hours of fame in cold blood, his accomplice Degowski derives sinister pleasure from manipulating the media. But Degowski is also unpredictable and violent. When he loses his nerve and kills a teenage passenger in the bus, the two men choose two young women as their hostages while leaping into another getaway vehicle. Thus begins an odyssey that goes completely out of control. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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In the unbearable August heat


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Based on the true story that shocked a nation in the summer of 1988. See more »


The license plate on the vehicle provided by the Dutch police uses the authentic registration (HR-20-TN), but the font and spacing don't match those used for Dutch license plates in 1988. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles and the closing credits listed the actors but none of them had a corresponding character name - even for the major characters. See more »

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8 July 2019 | by trentdwhiteSee all my reviews

A story that is tragic, excruciating, devastating, gobsmacking and unforgettable.

A lesson for police and the media that in some circumstances trying to achieve a peaceful resolution to a hostage siege can place the lives of innocent people in even more peril.

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7 March 2018 (Germany) See more »

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