IMDb > Young Torless (1966)
Der junge Törless
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Young Torless (1966) More at IMDbPro »Der junge Törless (original title)

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos
Young Torless -- At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far.


User Rating:
7.4/10   1,497 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Robert Musil (novel)
Herbert Asmodi (adaptation)
View company contact information for Young Torless on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 July 1968 (USA) See more »
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An expertly crafted and involving film See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Mathieu Carrière ... Thomas Törless
Marian Seidowsky ... Anselm von Basini
Bernd Tischer ... Beineberg
Fred Dietz ... Reiting
Lotte Ledl ... Gastwirtin
Jean Launay ... Mathematiklehrer

Barbara Steele ... Bozena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Asmodi ... Vater Törless (uncredited)
Hanna Axmann-Rezzori ... Mutter Törless (uncredited)
Fritz Gehlen ... Direktor (uncredited)

Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff 
Writing credits
Robert Musil (novel)

Herbert Asmodi (adaptation)

Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer
Franz Seitz .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Werner Henze 
Cinematography by
Franz Rath 
Film Editing by
Claus von Boro 
Set Decoration by
Maleen Pacha 
Makeup Department
Barbara Guffler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franz Achter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Klaus Müller-Laue .... assistant director
Herbert Rimbach .... assistant director
Art Department
Georg Attlfellner .... property master
Sound Department
Klaus Eckelt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jürgen Jürges .... assistant camera
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eva Gall .... wardrobe (as Eva-Maria Gall)
Maleen Pacha .... costumer
Other crew
Jutta Gruendel .... script supervisor (as Jutta Gründel)
Louis Malle .... supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der junge Törless" - West Germany (original title)
See more »
Germany:87 min | Argentina:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An expertly crafted and involving film, 8 February 2013
Author: markwood272 from United States

I selected this DVD off a library shelf at random. I had never heard of Young Torless. My idle curiosity was well rewarded. The film belongs in the same league with Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Zero for Conduct, Lord of the Flies, or other similar works. Perhaps there is allegory here, a foreshadowing of the murderous future of the Germanic peoples. Or maybe a nearer, smaller-scale atrocity: several scenes are as chilling as eavesdropping on a Leopold and Loeb strategy session.

This is expertly crafted film making. Everything – casting, shot composition, editing, plot structure – works. Barbara Steele landed one of the great roles of her career. The music is especially effective. Hans Werner Henze's use of modern tonalities played on ancient instruments functions perfectly, achieving the film score ideal that complements the picture and other sounds, a Greek chorus without words. Aided by Henze's score, some of the scenes in Young Torless brought back with painful clarity many a sad, bleak, cloudy-morning memory of sophomore year in high school.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (16 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Young Torless (1966)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Best of Youth Persepolis Evil Au revoir les enfants: Goodbye Children The Basketball Diaries
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb West Germany section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.