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Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | March 1961 (Austria)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Steve Garrett
Barbara Rütting ...
Inge Koerner
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Karin Steinhof
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Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen ...
Karl Steinhof
Ingrid van Bergen ...
Trude
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Cpl. Jim Larkin
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Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
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Sgt. Chuck Snyder
Karin Hardt ...
Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert ...
Frank Borgmann
Mal Sondock ...
Pvt. Joey Haines
Alan Gifford ...
Gen. Stafford
Max Haufler ...
Dr. Urban
Rose Renée Roth ...
Frau Kulig
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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March 1961 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Pueblo sin compasión  »

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Trivia

Christine Kaufmann's American film debut. See more »

Goofs

The flag's canton has a field of five rows of ten stars, rather than the pattern designated by Executive Order on August 21, 1959, which would certainly have been used for a military trial. See more »

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Col. Jerome Pakenham: This is no cross-examination! It's a circus!
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Referenced in Dogville (2003) See more »

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Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney
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Douglas and Kaufmann are simply fantastic in this movie
19 March 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly this convincing drama is almost ignored by German TV stations nowadays though it features a very touching and impressive performance by Christine Kaufmann who won a Golden Globe for this one (as the first German actress ever). Kirk Douglas is very strong in the male lead having to deal with the awful job to defend four US soldiers who've gang raped a 16-years-old German beauty. Though Reinhardt's style has dated badly the movie's still worth watching. He definitely has done a good job capturing the heartless atmosphere needed for a story like this. There are some haunting moments.....and the sad realization that also more than 40 years after "Town Without Pity" most rape victims still are devastated twice.

By the way, I've seen the German version which is half-dubbed, half-original so that you have several characters speaking with two different voices. I'd prefer a complete English or German version respectively the use of subtitles.


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