The Robber

April 29th, 2011


The Robber

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Tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, a marathon athlete who developed robbing banks as a hobby.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.8/10 (1,742 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg

Stars: Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz, Florian Wotruba

Tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, a marathon athlete who developed robbing banks as a hobby.

Writers: Benjamin Heisenberg, Martin Prinz

Andreas Lust - Johann Rettenberger
Franziska Weisz - Erika
Florian Wotruba - Markus Kreczi
Johann Bednar - Kommissar Lukas
Markus Schleinzer - Bewährungsbeamter
Peter Vilnai - Alter Mann
Max Edelbacher - Kommissar Seidl
Christian Althoff - Junger Mann am Parkplatz (as Bernd-Christian Althoff)
Marcus Bauer - Man am Bankomat
Christian Buchmayr - Polizeieinhelt
Leopold Böhm - Bankkassierer
Michaela Christl - Entführte Frau
Gerda Drabek - Schalterbeamtin
Alexander E. Fennon - Beklauter Autobesitzer (as Alexander Fennon)
Swintha Gersthofer - Junge Frau am Parkplatz


Official Website: Kino Lorber [United States] | Zorro Film [Germany] |

Release Date: 29 April 2011

Filming Locations: Lower Austria, Austria

Box Office Details

Budget: €1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $82,468 (USA) (11 September 2011)

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User Review

Prospects for a good life inexplicably gone bad

Rating: 8/10

Austrian-German co-production, Der Räuber (The Robber, 2010), based on the real events, tells the story about the long-distance runner, who could've lived a decent life, having a loving and caring girlfriend, a solid place to stay, and an extraordinary talent for long-distance running that he could've easily made a good living on, but instead, he additionally specializes and excels in bank robbing, becoming an addict of such an unusual activity for no other obvious reason but for possible "beauty of a criminal campaign" and adrenaline rush received along. (He's hinted times and again that he couldn't have cared less about the stolen money itself, by jamming it into black rubbish plastic bags, as if he was going to trash it.) One of those life stories that you cannot help but get unpleasantly amazed with how all the reasonable prerequisites for a good life, though inexplicably, yet seemingly so unnecessarily, get flushed down the drain, apparently faithfully presented in the movie with understandable, ergo acceptable lack of intention to ease the answers to the hard whys.


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