A man leads a bizarre double life, and the pressure of keeping his two identities going puts him under severe pressure. Eventually he has to make a decision.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dieter Borsche ...
Carl Wery ...
Medizinalrat Dr. Bosch
Paul Bildt ...
Dr. Riebold
Famulus Huber
Ulrich Bettac ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Dr. Frank, Verteidiger
Heinrich Gretler ...
Bürgermeister Max Händel
Heini Göbel ...
Dr. Schnetz (as Heinz Göbel)
Harald Holberg ...
Alexander Rochwald
Bruno Hübner ...
Professor Dr. Nanken
Professor Dr. Gandolphi
Rudolf Reiff ...
Generaldirektor Witt (as Rudolf Reif)
Ado Riegler ...
Dr. Köberl


Richard works as a respected surgeon in a hospital, but unbeknownst to all, he has never finished medical school and is without any qualifications. His skills in the surgical department he acquired as a POW in a Russian camp, where he used to work as a paramedic. His job in the hospital he got through the help of a grateful patient whose life he saved by performing a difficult operation, but under the condition that he must finish his studies and officially qualify. So, Richard lives a bizarre double life: as the successful surgeon he works in the hospital and has a romance with the daughter of wealthy parents, and at the same time he is a student at the university, dating one of his fellow students. When the pressure of all this gets too much for him, he makes a brave decision.

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Release Date:

18 December 1952 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Tentação  »

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1.37 : 1
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27 October 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The title translates into "the great temptation", but do not be tempted to watch this ridiculous doctor's drama. It is about a student of medicine who practises as surgeon. While at first it is already not clear why he does this at all (Dieter Borsche has such an innocent face), later it is not clear why his conscience bothers him. Could it be that Borsche was starting to be aware of the silliness of the drama out of which the only way to get out was to give himself up? If so why did not he report the writer and the director as well for bad taste? Did I ever see so much honour on celluloid?

Not only for content the film is unbearable, it is poorly written and directed too. The problems in the other sanatorium are never solved; we only hear Paul Bildt saying that he has been going through the same procedure (court trial). The story moves from A to B to C and back again, without any structure. An extremely bad scene is the scene in which during a party doctor Borsche first has trouble with his conscience (was it the liquour perhaps?); this should have been the dramatic turn, but it is badly directed and edited as if the editor was doing open heart surgery.

My conscience was bothering me for having to endure this film against which no anaesthesia will help.

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