Vier gegen die Bank (1976 film)

Vier gegen die Bank is a 1976 German crime comedy television film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It was adapted from the novel The Nixon Recession Caper by Ralph Maloney[1] and was produced for the German television station ARD. In 2016 it was remade under the same title for theatrical release.

Vier gegen die Bank
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Based onThe Nixon Recession Caper
by Ralph Maloney
Written byWolfgang Menge
Directed byWolfgang Petersen
Music byKlaus Doldinger
Country of originWest Germany
Original languageGerman
ProducerPeter Märthesheimer
CinematographyJörg-Michael Baldenius
EditorHannes Nikel
Running time96 minutes
Production companyBavaria Film
Original releaseDecember 7, 1976 (1976-12-07)


Hartmut Wredel, a respected lawyer, is left unemployed by the recession. At his golf club he discovers that three other members have not paid their membership dues for a while. The men, out-of-work actor Peter Pagodi, fashion designer Benedict Hoffmann, and garage owner Gustav Blümel, have also been hit hard by the recession. Wredel convinces them that a bank robbery is the solution to their problems. They successfully carry out the plan, and escape imprisonment because the police blame the robbery on a separate group of terrorists who were also planning to rob the same bank.


  • Harald Leipnitz as Peter Pagodi
  • Walter Kohut as Hartmut Wredel
  • Günther Neutze as Gustav Blümel
  • Herbert Bötticher as Benedict Hoffmann
  • Ingrid van Bergen as Uschi Blümel
  • Christine Schuberth as Gaby Pagodi
  • Karin Eickelbaum as Angelika Hoffmann
  • Gitty Djamal as Christa Wredel
  • Otto Sander as Bankleiter
  • Hans Schulze as Hauptkommissar Röse
  • Uwe Dallmeier as Kommissar Ludendorf
  • Karl-Heinz von Hassel as Gangster Manfred
  • Hans Dieter Trayer as Kriminalassistent
  • Joachim Regelien as Erster Komplize
  • Wolf Richard as Zweiter Komplize
  • Ulli Chivall as Dritter Komplize
  • Helmut Alimonta as Kfz-Meister
  • Leopold Gmeinwieser as Taxifahrer
  • Horst Pasderski as Feinkosthändler


The film was shot in and around Munich in July 1976.[2]


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