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Dance With The Devil (Tanz mit dem Teufel, Der)

Dance With The Devil

The crime that rocked the nation and took over twenty years to solve: 25 years ago, Richard Oetker, heir to one of the largest fortunes in Germany, was kidnapped. For the first time ever, he has agreed to collaborate with a film team to tell his story.

It was the crate. To this day, it still unnerves Richard Oetker when he looks back... It is 1976, and Oetker is kidnapped and forced into a wooden crate. The kidnapper demands, and gets DM 21 million, an unheard-of sum at the time. Oetker is freed, but while in the crate he suffers an electric shock that leaves him crippled for the rest of his life. Georg Kufbach, the police agent who found Oetker, begins a quest for justice that will last nearly 20 years. Convinced that a man named Cilov is the kidnapper, Georg, working closely with Oetker, begins to circle in on his prey. Cilov knows he is trapped, but Georg has no proof; Cilov has the money, but Georg has to catch him with it. Like Oetker in his crate, all three are trapped within the narrow confines of their desires and obsessions. All three are inextricably bound together, hurtling towards the startling outcome...


Peter Keglevic is one of the most distinctive directors and script writers in the German film and television business. He began his successful career 24 years ago directing the TV movie Im Zossener Bad, for which he also wrote the script. This was followed by, among others, the feature film Tragique (1977) and the TV movies Der Zauberlehrling (1977), Auf freiem Fuss (1978), Zuhaus in der Fremde (1979) and Die Jahre Vergehen (1980). In the years that followed, some of his most important works were the feature films Bella Donna (1982), The Cop and the Girl (1985) as well as the TV movies Das Milliardenspiel (1988) and Dort oben im Wald bei diesen Leuten (1989). From 1993–1998, he directed a series of productions for the private broadcaster RTL, among them Kommissar Beck – Der Polizistenmoerder (1993), Der Tag der Abrechnung (1994), Die Roy Black Story (1996), for which he received the RTL Golden Lion, as well as the thriller Vicky’s Nightmare (1997) starring Katja Flint and Christoph Waltz, Falling Rocks (1999), Dance with the Devil (Der Tanz mit dem Teufel, TV, 2001), and Betty (2002).
Genre Thriller

Year of Production 2001
Director Peter Keglevic
Screenplay Dr. Reiner Berg
Cinematography Hans-Guenther Buecking
Moune Barius
Juergen Ecke
Martin Schreiber
Cast Sophie von Kessel, Christoph Waltz, Ann-Katrin Kramer, Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Maria Halmer
Producers Nico Hofmann, Ariane Krampe, Ludwig zu Salm, Patrick Simon
Production Company teamWorx/Munich, in co-production with KirchMedia/Munich
Length 180 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Awards German Television Award 2002
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, ILB Brandenburg

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