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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara Rütting ...
Inge Koerner
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Karin Steinhof
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Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen ...
Karl Steinhof
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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
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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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Crime | Drama

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Shocker  »

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Trivia

Christine Kaufmann's American film debut. See more »

Goofs

At the near end, when Kirk Douglas is checking out of the hotel, through the double glass doors is clearly visible a 1957 Chevrolet rear 1/4 panel with it's fluted aluminum trim. Camera change to the exterior of the hotel, Kirk Douglas exits and walks around to the drivers side of a 1956 Chevrolet which he drives away in. 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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Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: Sweet Charity (1985) 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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Great song, great movie!
28 April 2006 | by (chicago, illinois) – See all my reviews

Probably best known today for it's unforgettable title song by Gene Pitney, which was a huge international hit and sold 3.5 million records that year, this was a courageous film to make in 1961. With dramas about rape something you can see almost every night on TV you may forget that this was almost taboo in those days. A powerful well acted drama from start to finish, my only complaint would be the totally unnecessary narration. Perhaps this isn't on the German version but the film I saw it is a horrible distraction. A female voice tells you everything your seeing as it happens, gives unnecessary explanations, and tells you what the Germans are saying in their native language. Simple subtitles would have been much better. But putting that aside you have a powerful film with an excellent cast. Christina Kaufman should have become a major star. As is, this is her best role. Don't miss it!


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