The true story of legendary Robber Kneissl, a Robin Hood style figure rebelling against hunger, poverty and injustice in 19th Century Bavaria, who started out as a simple poacher and became a mythic figure. With baffling inescapability, he becomes a hunted criminal and is executed at the age of 26 in the year 1900.
Cast: Hans Brenner, Ruth Drexel, Hanna Schygulla, Eva Mattes, Martin Sperr, Kurt Raab, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Gustl Bayrhammer, Kelle Riedl u.a.
Screenplay: Martin Sperr, Reinhard Hauff
Director of Photography: W.P. Hassenstein
Film Editor: Jean-Claude Piroué
Composer: Peer Raaben
Production Designer: Max Ott jr.
Costume Design: Barbara Baum
Sound: Adolf Kredatus
Producer: Phillipe Pilliod
Production Company: Bavaria Atelier GmbH
Director: Reinhard Hauff
Editor: Günter Rohrbach
TV channel: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.