23 (1998) (en)
- Original title: 23
- Evaluation: 7.1 (Votes: 109)
- Genres: Drama, Thriller
- Release date 1998-07-02 (1998)
- Duration: 99 Min
- Keywords: computer, based on a true story, delusion, german democratic republic, hospital, kgb, hannover, spy, cocaine, best friend, court case, conspiracy theory, cold war, hacker, psychology
The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB.