12 Paces Without a Head

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12 Paces Without a Head
German Theatrical Poster
Directed by Sven Taddicken (de)
Produced by Stefan Schubert
Björn Vosgerau
Ralph Schwingel
Uwe Kolbe
Written by Matthias Pacht
Starring Ronald Zehrfeld
Matthias Schweighöfer
Music by Christoph Blaser
Steffen Kahles
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Edited by Andreas Wodraschke
Alexander Dittner
Florian Miosge
Release date
  • 11 July 2009 (2009-07-11) (Munich Film Festival)
  • 10 December 2009 (2009-12-10) (Germany)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

12 Paces Without a Head (German: Zwölf Meter ohne Kopf) is a 2009 film set in the North Sea in 1401. The film centers on the German folk hero Klaus Störtebeker, who was a pirate at the time. The title comes from a legend which asserts that when he was captured by the Hanseatic League, he struck a deal with his captors that every one of his men whom he could walk past after being decapitated, would be let go. Störtebeker's body allegedly managed to make twelve paces before collapsing.


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