The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB.

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  1. Hans-Christian Schmid

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Fabian Busch

    Fabian Busch


  2. August Diehl

    August Diehl

    Karl Koch

  3. Dieter Landuris

    Dieter Landuris


  4. Jan-Gregor Kremp

    Jan-Gregor Kremp


  5. Zbigniew Zamachowski

    Zbigniew Zamachowski


  6. Stephan Kampwirth

    Stephan Kampwirth

    Jochen Maiwald

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Status Released

Original Language German

Runtime 1h 39m

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Revenue -

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Release Information

  • January 14, 1999



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