The Hessen Conspiracy
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The Hessen Affair is a 2009 Belgian film noir-style thriller movie, partly filmed in Manitoba, Canada, scripted by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Paul Breuls and starring Billy Zane, Lyne Renee, Noah Segan, and Michael Bowen. The movie was released on DVD as The Hessen Conspiracy.


Immediately after World War II, two American officers (played by Bill Zane and Lyne Renee) are stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, killing time in the fancy Kronberg Castle. They discover there a cache of priceless jewels, formerly owned by Sophie, Princess Christoph of Hesse and the former German Imperial royal family. But when the two lovers try to smuggle the treasure back in the US and sell it, their plans become quickly complicated by military investigators and violent criminals. Now, if they are able to remain faithful to each other, they may become incredibly rich.

The film is based on the theft of the jewels of Hessen-Kassel family in 1946.


  • Billy Zane as Jack Durant
  • Lyne Renée as Lt. Kathleen Nash
  • Michael Bowen as Ben Cassidy
  • Noah Segan as Lt. David Pallard
  • Mireille Leveque as Sophie, Princess Christoph of Hesse
  • Rudolph Segers as Sgt. Roy Tarlton

Year 2009
RuntimeMins 113
RuntimeStr 1h 53min
Plot In 1945 a group of victorious American officers discover a stash of German jewels and try to fence them in New York.
Directors Paul Breuls
Writers Nicholas Meyer, Ronald Roose
Stars Billy Zane, Lyne Renée, Michael Bowen
Produced by Paul Breuls,Phyllis Laing,John Smallcombe,Catherine Vandeleene
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography by Kees Van Oostrum
Film Editing by Les Healey
Production Design by Paul Peters
Art Direction by Réjean Labrie
Costume Design by Karyn Wagner
Makeup Department Stefano Ceccarelli,Charles Crossin,Rebecca Flores,Marcelle Genovese,Patricia Grant,Frances Hans,Brenda Magalas,Doug Morrow
Production Management Marc Dalmans,Steffen Geypens
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Megan Basaraba,Randy Cyr,Ronaldo Nacionales,Valérie Wery
Art Department Ricardo Alms,Sébastien Autphenne,Renee Baril,Gary Barringer,Lloyd Brandson,Nick Burns,Olaf Dux,Eileen Gano,Stéphane Ginet,Catherine Green,Matt Holm,C. Summer Holmes,Donna Jenkyns,Alexis Labra,John Lambrechts,Lisa Manchulenko,Jamie Lou Morneau
Sound Department Rainier Buidin,Robert Farr,David Gillain,Nick Lowe,Steve Mayer,Lukas Morawski,Dan Van Bever,Joeri Verspecht
Special Effects by Tim Harding,Cullen Redekop
Visual Effects by Craig Allison,Oliver Armstrong,Sven Bruhn,Steven Burch,Paul Campion,Daniel Canfora,Alan Church,Gabriel Dedic,Max Dennison,Dominique Fiore,Andrew Fletcher,Sarah Hemsley,Jan Hübel,Robin Konieczny,Remko Kram,Simon Leech,Natalie MacDonald,Warren J. Mills,Frank Mostert,Ben Perrott,Daniel Reeves,Gareth Repton,Dominic Ridley,Edward Sharp,Sam Spacey,Doug Winder,Anton Yri
Stunts Sam Robinson,Dan Skene,Rick Skene,Sean Skene
Camera and Electrical Department Wim Adriaenssens,François Balcaen,John Clarke,Allen Fraser,Thomas Goovaerts,Wes Grycki,René Haan,Jason Heke,Jonathan Kennedy,Jan Lemmens,Ryan McGregor,W. James Meagher,Bo Molderez,Mark Motoch,Harald Ortenburger,Angel Pastrana,Doug Petersen,Joachim Philippe,Nicolas Phillips,Sofie Silbermann,Marius Speller,Ben Stouffer,Kris Theuwis,Martijn van Kalleveen,Frank Vanderhaeghen
Casting Department Anne Jacques,Kari Rieger
Costume and Wardrobe Department Fariba Behnam,Carolyn Bradshaw,Michael Chirsky,Paula Dunfield,Heidi Hafer,Lana S. Krause,Karen Kristalovich,Valerie Laven-Cooper,Linda Madden,Lauren D. Martin,Brenda Zachanowich,Judy Bohning
Editorial Department Yves Bertrand,Florentijn Bos,Jeff Christopherson,Paolo Finotto
Location Management Darryl S. Bird,Andrew Schulz,Steve St. Louis,Cliff Sumter,Ab van Overbeeke,Ryan Wuckert
Music Department Dirk Brossé,Wim Coryn,Andrew Green,Filip Jacobs,Patrick Lemmens,Galaxy Symphonic Orchestra,David Walter
Script and Continuity Department Tanya Mazur
Transportation Department Boris Danyliuk,Ron Jennings,Edgar Ozolins,Dave Perich,Scott Sullivan,Garry Diesel Trosky,Ralph Walker,David Wharry
Additional Crew Mathieu Bayart,Jo Breuls,Jan De Coninck,Ryan DeLong,Claude Forest,Steffen Geypens,Alain Gillissen,Elizabeth Klinck,Cheryl Leigh,Crystal Mikoluff,Kimberly Mikoluff,Celene Miles,Cullen Redekop,RoseAnna Schick,Karla Trujillo Villon,Marie-Louise Vanthilt,Emelie Vervecken,Michelle Walker
Thanks Michael John Fedun
Genres Thriller
Companies Corsan
Countries Belgium, Canada
Languages English
ContentRating Not Rated
ImDbRating 5.2
ImDbRatingVotes 680
Keywords jewel,colonel,crown jewels,germany,castle