German Hostage Crisis

(Above: ’54 Hours.’ Source: Betafilm)

Subscription streamer Sundance Now will debut 54 Hours, a four-episode hostage drama based on a real event, tomorrow, September 6.

54 Hours is inspired by the 1988 Gladbeck hostage crisis that developed over two days in Germany and the Netherlands. What starts as a simple bank robbery morphs into a police chase when the thieves kidnap a busload of passengers. As the police bumble in their pursuit of the criminals, a media circus ensues as reporters vie for pictures and live interviews with the kidnappers.

Hans-Jürgen Rösner, played by Sascha Alexander Gersak, orchestrates the scheme, while his unpredictable and violent accomplice Dieter Degowski (Alexander Scheer) manipulates the press.

You can watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Sundance Now, offering independent films, documentaries and TV series, costs $6.99 monthly or $59.99 annually after a seven-day free trial. It’s available at or via iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Fire TV and Chromecast.

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