The plot carries the hallmarks of all the best gangster movies: a ruthless outsider muscles his way into new territory, smashing his competition with contract killings, intimidation and pure bravado.

However, the story of Curt Prank does not play out on the mean streets of New York, nor among the bright lights of Las Vegas’s casinos. Instead, the setting is Bavaria in the 19th century, and the war is not over drug routes: it is for control of Oktoberfest.

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