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54 Hours

Title: 54 Hours
Original title: Gladbeck
Format: 2 x two hours, HD
Starring: Sascha Alexander Gersak (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN)
Alexander Scheer (IN LOVE WITH LOU)
Ulrich Noethen (DOWNFALL)
Johannes Allmayer (VINCENT WANTS TO SEA)
Marie Rosa Tietjen
Albrecht Abraham Schuch (SYSTEM CRASHER)
Amelie Kiefer
Directed by: Kilian Riedhof (54 HOURS)
Produced by: Ziegler Film for ARD Degeto
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54 Hours

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.

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...


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Press Quotes

"It's not just nail-bitingly tense — you may lose your knuckles as the tragedy plays out."

"54 Hours is one of the TV highlights of the year!"

"A Masterpiece! One of the best German movies of the last few years!"

"Captivating television, engrossing the viewer from the first to the last agonizing minute."

"The Gladbeck hostage crisis is to this day one of the most spectacular and dramatic crimes in German post-WWII history."
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