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Hell on Wheels (Hoellentour)

Hell on Wheels
Scene from "Hell on Wheels"

Le Tour de France - the toughest bicycle race of all, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2003. Year after year, this spectacular event fascinates millions of people worldwide. And the winner takes it all...

But within the beauty of the French landscape and the suspension of the race, Academy Award-winner Pepe Danquart also tells about the torture and the pain, the fear and the weaknesses of the men. Hell on Wheels offers a true insight into the tour and brings us close to the individuals on the bike. We see the tears of those who are out of the race and the joy of those, who suffered but fulfilled their biggest dream: To reach the finishing-line of this hardest race of all.

The film gives a review of the genesis and history of the tour in its hundred years of existence, shows the gigantic organization of the tour, the fanatic crowd along the route and in front of televisions worldwide. Hell on Wheels presents an outstanding inner view of one of the world's biggest sports events.


Pepe Danquart was born in 1955 and studied Communications from 1975-1981. He received an Academy Award® in 1994 for his widely acclaimed short BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER, 1993). Together with Mirjam Quinte, he co-directed PASST BLOSS AUF ... (1980) and OFF SEASON (NACH SAISON, 1996). His other films include: DAEDALUS (1991), a segment of DAS 7. JAHR - ANSICHTEN ZUR LAGE DER NATION (1997), PLAYBOYS (1998), HEIMSPIEL (2000) which won him the German Film Award in Gold for Best Director in 2000, MÖRDERINNEN (2001), SEMANA SANTA (2002), HELL ON WHEELS (HÖLLENTOUR, 2004, in co-direction with Werner Swiss Schweizer), C(R)OOK (BASTA. ROTWEIN ODER TOT SEIN, 2004), TO THE LIMIT (AM LIMIT, 2007), and RUN BOY RUN (LAUF JUNGE LAUF, 2013), among others.
Genre Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Pepe Danquart
Screenplay Pepe Danquart
Cinematography Michael Hammon, Wolfgang Thaler, Filip Zumbrunn
Mona Bräuer
Till Broenner, Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach
Cast Erik Zabel, Rolf Aldag, Andreas Kloeden, Alexander Winokurow, Steve Zampieri, Mario Kummer, Serge Laget, Lance Armstrong, Jan Ullrich
Producer Mirjam Quinte
Production Company Quinte Film/Freiburg, in co-production with Studio Hamburg Serienwerft /Hamburg, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich
Length 123 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Festivals Goteborg 2005, Tehran 2005, Hong Kong 2005, Buenos Aires 2005, Santander 2005, Vancouver 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Zagreb Dox 2006
Awards First Prize Imagenio Award Santander 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, BAK

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