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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellen Widmann ...
Inge Landgut ...
Otto Wernicke ...
Theodor Loos ...
Gustaf Gründgens ...
Schränker
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Franz, the burglar
Fritz Odemar ...
The cheater
Paul Kemp ...
Pickpocket with six watches
Theo Lingen ...
Bauernfänger
Rudolf Blümner ...
Beckert's defender
Georg John ...
Blind panhandler
Franz Stein ...
Minister
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Police chief
Gerhard Bienert ...
Criminal secretary
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Storyline

In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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police | criminal | murder | killer | beggar | See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

31 August 1931 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,123 (USA) (15 March 2013)

Gross:

$28,877 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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| (2004 Criterion DVD edition) | (2000 restored) | (re-release)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Alexanderplatz (the Alex) was the site of the headquarters of the Berlin Police Department. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Judge: [about to pronounce sentence] In the name of the people...
Grieving Mother: This won't bring back our children. We, too, should keep a closer watch on our children.
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Crazy Credits

All of the original credits appear only in the beginning with no music. See more »

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Referenced in Dark City (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Peter Lorre
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User Reviews

Great examination of society and a heart felt issue which many can not agree on.
20 February 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Great story with incredible development of ideas and feelings while giving the audience an in-depth perspective for each side to an extremely difficult issue to resolve. Every film lover should take the time to see this film for its ingenious style and execution of ideas. Adds a little comedy in interesting ways to help entertain and engage the audience. Acting is incredibly real and heart felt. Dramatic and tender to fit to any interest.


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