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Der Tanz mit dem Teufel - Die Entführung des Richard Oetker (2001)

When wealthy college student Richard Oetker is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom, state police officer Georg Kufbach becomes obsessed with bringing the kidnapper to justice. This film is based on a true story.

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Peter Keglevic

Writer:

Rainer Berg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tobias Moretti ... Georg Kufbach
Sebastian Koch ... Richard Oetker
Christoph Waltz ... Dieter Cilov
Günther Maria Halmer ... Heinz Stegmayr
Sophie von Kessel ... Christine
Ann-Kathrin Kramer Ann-Kathrin Kramer ... Lena
Erich Hallhuber Erich Hallhuber ... Schumann
Michael Mendl ... Richter
Hanns Zischler ... Oetkers Anwalt
Bernd Dechamps Bernd Dechamps ... Kollege Wels
Dieter Kirchlechner ... Verteidiger
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Staatsanwalt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carola Bambas
Andreas Borcherding Andreas Borcherding ... Sicherheitsberater
Thomas Darchinger
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When wealthy college student Richard Oetker is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom, state police officer Georg Kufbach becomes obsessed with bringing the kidnapper to justice. This film is based on a true story.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 November 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bailando con el diablo - El secuestro de Richard Oetker See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the kidnapping of Richard Oetker, son of a wealthy German industrialist, on 14 December 1976. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the 1970s, but in several scenes in the hospital, medicine packages have a "Grüner Punkt" logo (green point). This recycling-company was founded in the early 90s. See more »

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Good mixture of atmosphere and suspense
10 June 2007 | by reeba76See all my reviews

Kidnapped on the 14th of December 1976 and released after 21 millions of German mark was delivered as ransom money, Richard Oetker became one of Germany's most famous kidnappees. More than twenty years passed until the case could be completely closed.

This production for German TV, 'Der Tanz mit dem Teufel' (Dance with the devil), succeeds both in showing the mere events and giving an impression of the late 1970's when Germany was facing a series of kidnappings unknown so far, some related to the RAF. The movie is based on reports of officers in charge and on Oetker's memory, who still suffers from the after-effects of his captivity. Oetker's suffering is clearly depicted but never used to demand the audience's pity.

Sebastian Koch as Oetker, Tobias Moretti as Georg Kufbach and Christoph Waltz as Dieter Cilov - all on top of my list of German and Austrian actors - do a wonderful job. However, if you like to watch the movie in the German original version - in classes for example - subtitles are recommended, as the pronunciation is quite genuine: fast and slurred.


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