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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

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
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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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March 1961 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Pueblo sin compasión  »

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Christine Kaufmann's American film debut. See more »

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When Karin is trying to draw Frank's attention, we see her unhook her bra (while obscured by bushes), remove half of her two-piece bikini suit, followed shortly by a shot of her bare back. When Jim Larkin covers her up with his shirt, we can see she is wearing the bikini top again. In the context of the plot, she would not have been able to put it back on, and the soldiers certainly would not have. (Though we never see her dropping the bottom, we can assume she did remove it at the same time, without that being presented.) See more »

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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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An underrated gem
5 March 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a very serious movie. A local teenage girl is raped by four US soldiers on a hot summer day in a little German town. Her father wants the criminals to be killed. The soldiers' lawyer (Kirk Douglas) knows he must devastate the girl's seemingly innocent image to free his clients from the death sentence. It looks like this movie never really was produced to be a huge success at the box offices at all. It treats its story with honesty and no compromises. The acting is excellent. Douglas and Marshall give very impressive performances supported by a flawless German/ American cast. Christine Kaufmann is absolutely convincing as the victim which is raped a second, this time by the legal system. Reinhardt almost tends to a documentary style, something that probably doesn't appeal to all viewers. It's exciting, well written and very depressive. A perfect movie which leaves you speechless in the end.


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