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Live Wire - A Day in the Life of an Innocent Kidnapper (Unter Strom)

Live Wire - A Day in the Life of an Innocent Kidnapper
Scene from "Live Wire" (photo © NextFilm)

Frankie is sentenced to fifteen years for murder: being innocent, he flips out and takes the newly divorced Daniel and Anna Trieb hostage. Needing a hideout, they end up at the Trieb’s summer place. On the way, Frankie kidnaps the Economics Minister, Jan van Moellerbreit, whom he holds responsible for his plight. For reinforcements, Frankie also collects his wife Gloria and his best friend Cheesie. He needs them, too, because Anna Trieb’s new lover has already made himself comfortable at the house – with champagne and Viagra! Before Frankie can get the group under control, Detective Kaminski and his men already have the place surrounded.

Frankie’s situation would be hopeless, if Kaminski hadn’t sneaked in to rescue his secret lover, van Moellerbreit; if Daniel and Anna wouldn’t fight so much; if it didn’t come out that Cheesie has got Gloria pregnant; if Anna’s lover didn’t have a painfully permanent erection, and if Sigrid, Kaminski’s right hand, who is hopelessly in love with her boss, didn’t have to discover that Kaminski has no interest in women! It all comes to a dramatic showdown in which events spin totally out of control!

For anyone who likes fast-paced, well-constructed comedy with a sense of the absurd, Live Wire promises to be a treat. And for everyone else, it’s still got to be as much fun as a barrel of monkeys!


Zoltan Paul was born in Budapest. After studying Acting in Austria, he had roles in films by Michael Haneke and Reinhard Schwabenitzky, and then moved to Germany, where he was a member of several theater ensembles and took on roles in numerous television productions. He began directing in 1990, including his own play Salieri’s Mozart (1991) and the rock opera Rausch (loosely based on Goldoni’s The Liar), and has written the screenplays of several episodes of the popular TV crime series SOKO 5113. His films as a director include: GONE (2003), LIVE WIRE (2009), WOMAN’S LAKE (2012), AMOK – HANSI GEHT'S GUT (2015) and BREAKDOWN IN TOKYO (2017).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Zoltan Paul
Screenplay Uli Brée, Zoltan Paul
Cinematography Christopher Rowe
Ben von Grafenstein, Sebastian Thuemler
Julian Adam Pajzs, Thomas Mehlhorn
Helen Kraiczy
Cast Hanno Koffler, Robert Stadlober, Anna Fischer, Ralph Herforth, Tilo Nest, Franz Xaver Zach, Sunnyi Melles, Catrin Striebeck, Harald Krassnitzer
Producer Clementina Hegewisch
Co-Producer Frank Evers
Production Company Next Film, in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion
Length 80 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2009, Biberach 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund

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