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The era of the feared sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels is coming to an end. After a long period with no booty at last a bulging ship appears on the horizon. However, Störtebeker is badly wounded in the attempted capture and the pirates suffer ignominious defeat. Not only their ship is down the drain - Störtebeker himself is suddenly plagued by anxiety and doubt about his very existence as a pirate. He is drawn to the beautiful country girl Bille, while Michels gets rebuffed by the friesian princess Okka. In the very moment that the crew have mutinied and co-captain Michels is literally at the end of his tether, they discover on board their ramshackle old tub a most unique wonder weapon. Glory days are quickly revived - until the mighty Hanse consolidate their power and weaponry and go to war against the pirates. Störtebeker and Michels are forced to decide: To live as a farmer or to die as a pirate.

  1. Sven Taddicken


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  1. Ronald Zehrfeld

    Ronald Zehrfeld

    Klaus Störtebeker

  2. Matthias Schweighöfer

    Matthias Schweighöfer

    Gödeke Michels

  3. Franziska Wulf

    Franziska Wulf


  4. Oliver Bröcker

    Oliver Bröcker


  5. Hinnerk Schönemann

    Hinnerk Schönemann


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12 Paces without a Head
12 Paces without a Head


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Original Title 12 Meter ohne Kopf

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 20, 2011


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget $8,500,000.00

Revenue -



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