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The Robbery

(Three Of Us)

Director: Gianni Bongianni
Script: Gerhard Schmidt, Helmut Harun
Asst. Directors: Gerhard Schmidt, Helmut Harun
Organization: Rochus Spieker
Editor: Rosie Laudien
Music: Anton P. Olea
Sets: Karl Adams
Director of Cinematography: Robert Berres
Producer: Franz Thierry
Executive Producer: Dr. Alfons Carcasona

Mario BergmannChristian Dormer
Barbara SimsBarbara Steele
Peter WeimerWerner Peters
Margot WeimerMargot Trooger
NicolaDino Mele
GerhardHans Echterling
HelgaIngeborg Ticheldeckers
JoergJoerg v. Wolmar
Klaus NeufeldGeorg Herzig

and others

The Plot

Three young people:

Mario, a young office worker who is ready and willing to do anything which will gain him the love of Anna, a promising model.

Hans, a lone wolf, who detests the ethics and morals of the upper class to which he belongs by virtue of his step-father’s wealth. He feels compelled to do something for society.

Nicola, a victim of southern Italy’s oppressing poverty and unemployment whose moral values are only skin deep and easily set aside.

Three different social classes; three different views of life; three different types of problems cuased by the society in which they live what they have in common is the same readiness to commit an act of violence, a robbery.

Düsseldorf, a city where the pay checks of the steel and coal workers disappear quickly in beer and whiskey, is the scene of the robbery. The target is a bank where the workers’ next payroll is waiting.

The idea comes from a fourth person, Gerhard, who is driven by a subconscious desire for revenge. He is employed as a technical designer by Richter Equipment where the alarm systems used by most of the Düsseldorf banks are built. The security of these banks is in the hands of Richter Equipment and Gerhard. It doesn’t take much imagination for him to plan the robbery. What he needs are the men to carry it out.

Gerhard finds the accomplices he needs in the scheming Mario, the desperate Nicola, and the spoiled do-gooder Hans. In order to keep the risk at a minimum, it is decided not to use real weapons.

The plan is carried out without complications. The robbery is successful. But the meaninglessness of what they have done is suddenly clear to the three young people. Mario can’t make Anna love him. Nicola’s conscience plagues him. The outmoded morality which he was taught by his father sits deeper that he had thought. Hans, in state of shock, is killed in an automobile accident.