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Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Hans Weingartner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Rainer
Elsa Sophie Gambard Elsa Sophie Gambard ... Pegah
Milan Peschel ... Phillip
Gregor Bloéb Gregor Bloéb ... Maiwald
Tom Jahn ... Bernd
Andreas Brandt Andreas Brandt ... Karl-Heinz
Robert Viktor Minich Robert Viktor Minich ... Harry
Ralf Knicker Ralf Knicker ... Sebastian
Irshad Panjatan Irshad Panjatan ... Gopal
Simone Hanselmann Simone Hanselmann ... Anna
Doris Golpashin Doris Golpashin ... Showmoderatorin
Peer Jäger Peer Jäger ... Gründgens
Us Conradi Us Conradi ... Frau Arnim
Franziska Knuppe Franziska Knuppe ... Maiwalds Freundin
Vinzenz Kiefer ... Titanic Mann
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Storyline

Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

15 November 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

TV Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,945,355
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview, the GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung, Society for Consumer Research), replaced in the movie by the IMA, enjoyed watching the film but explained, that the situation could not be realized in real life. See more »

Goofs

When the rating box is presented it only displays one box. However in real life it contains an extra screen, which displays which member of the viewer family is logged on. However as correctly portrayed in the movie each member has an own button and can log on as an extra viewer, including guests. See more »

Quotes

Rainer Kuhhirt: Nobody out there is as stupid as the shows that we produce.
Maiwald: BUt then I'M wondering, who is buying these Britney Spears CDs.
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First step of the new revolution : bring culture back !
20 May 2009 | by johnslegersSee all my reviews

The film has a very simple basic premise. Television has been reduced to the lowest common denominator and people swallow it because they have gotten used to it. As such, they are reduced to an antisocial drone-like resistance that no longer resembles life as our fathers remember. Improve what's on the TV and you'll improve society.

For someone who's himself quite sick of all those reality soaps and the garbage that comes out from the Hollywood assembly line, I found this film refreshing and inspirational. Although I wasn't quite fond of the obvious ultra-left ideology you can find in between the lines, the message of this film goes beyond ideology and is a call to all of us.

"Democratic" capitalist society has become a tyrannical system run by corporations who enslave us for profit, while we, the average consumer, are barely aware of the golden cage in which we live. We've all become paranoid little f***'s who waste our time on shallow small talk and brainless entertainment rather than having real conversations on real topics and devouring real culture. This film tries to open your eyes to that reality and reach the inner child in all of us.... the inner child that makes us human.

Obviously this film doesn't have the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster and the story is most definitely naive, but the very optimism of this film and its lonely dissident cry make it far more interesting to me than anything Hollywood has produced since "V For Vendetta".

That's all I have to say......


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