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Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | March 1961 (Austria)
Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

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Hans Nielsen ...
Karl Steinhof
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Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
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Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert ...
Mal Sondock ...
Pvt. Joey Haines
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Gen. Stafford
Max Haufler ...
Dr. Urban
Rose Renée Roth ...
Frau Kulig
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In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!

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Christine Kaufmann's American film debut. See more »

Goofs

When the two officers are dismissed from the Courts Marshall by challenge by Kirk Douglas's character; as they leave they salute court. Soldiers don't not render hand salutes indoors; to salute indoors is accomplished by coming to attention, and or if carrying a weapon, presenting arms. See more »

Quotes

Inge Koerner: I'm Inga Koerner. I write for the Globus, a German news weekly.
Maj. Steve Garrett: Yes, I've heard of it.
Inge Koerner: Oh, have you?
Maj. Steve Garrett: I smelled it! You work for a rotten sheet, lady!
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Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney
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Style!Perfection!
16 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie has everything, including and above all style. Finally a movie that's every bit as good as the title song! So many movies are inferior to their music. The subject is sleazy, gloriously so. And there is a good dose of compassion too. Great script inspires great acting. The song is quite original and catchy, and the singer, Gene Pitney, is an overlooked and neglected genius, both as a singer and as a songwriter. And let's have a hand of applause for Tiomkin, a Russian who wrote some of the most quintessentially American music!


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