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WW III: World War III (1998)

Der 3. Weltkrieg (original title)
This mock documentary uses archival footage, interviews and reports taken out of context and staged interviews to highlight a possible escalation into a nuclear war. In this feature, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Sichkin ... General Vladimir Soshkin
Christoph Gutknecht Christoph Gutknecht ... (voice)
Boris Lyoskin ... Yuri Rubanov (as Boris Leskin)
Hans Sievers Hans Sievers ... (voice)
Gunter Walch Gunter Walch ... General Karl Frohm
Klaus Schleiff Klaus Schleiff ... Colonel Wolfgang Hecker
Christopher Wynkoop ... Martin Jacobs
Wolfgang Kaven Wolfgang Kaven ... (voice)
Oliver Hohlfeld Oliver Hohlfeld ... Markus Lehmann
Sigrid Braun-Umbach Sigrid Braun-Umbach ... Franziska Brückner
Daniel Schorr ... Daniel Shorr (as Daniel Shorr)
Billa Christe Billa Christe
Justin Earl Justin Earl
Peter Gosling Peter Gosling
Günter Karl Günter Karl


This mock documentary uses archival footage, interviews and reports taken out of context and staged interviews to highlight a possible escalation into a nuclear war. In this feature, tension in East Germany, and an uprising triggered by a visit by Gorbachev sees a successful military coup taking place in the USSR. Western actions against brutal crack-downs on civilians involved increases tension between the sides, finally resulting in nuclear war. Written by Herman Rethuan

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1 December 1998 (Germany) See more »

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Immediately before the war begins, British, French and American troops were said to be pouring into Lower Saxony. The defense of Lower Saxony was entirely the responsibility of West German, British and Dutch forces until the reunification of Germany. French forces were concentrated in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, and American forces in Bavaria and Hesse. See more »


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First is very good
16 November 2009 | by rf_mikaelSee all my reviews

I liked the first half a lot because I generally like such "alternative history" mocumentaries - it's not for everyone though. I agree with grimmig-1 on many points, he obviously knows what he is talking about. Of course, NATO had an overall advantage in the quality of conventional forces. But this did not matter, because NATO never had sufficient forces to stop Soviet/Warsaw Pact forces by conventional means only. Such a strategy was too expensive, especially for the Germans. A better strategy, at the least for the Europeans, was to rely on American nuclear arms to deter/stop eastern armies. And, of course, Americans have made it clear early on that they would not hesitate to use nuclear forces first... Overall, an enjoyable movie.

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