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

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


Florian Wotruba

Markus Kreczi

Johann Bednar

Kommissar Lukas

Markus Schleinzer


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


Leopold Böhm


Michaela Christl

Entführte Frau

Gerda Drabek


Alexander E. Fennon

Beklauter Autobesitzer

(as Alexander Fennon)

Swintha Gersthofer

Junge Frau am Parkplatz


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Release Date: 29 April 2011

Filming Locations: Lower Austria, Austria

Box Office Details

Budget: €1,000,000


Gross: $82,468
(11 September 2011)

Technical Specs


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.