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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)
"Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  13 January 1977 (USA)
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A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

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Credited cast:
Arthur Brauss ...
Joseph Bloch
Kai Fischer ...
Hertha Gabler
Erika Pluhar ...
Gloria
Libgart Schwarz ...
Maid
Marie Bardischewski ...
Kellnerin (as Maria Bardischewski)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Bäck
Sybille Danzer ...
Hairdresser
Rosl Dorena ...
Woman in bus
Maria Engelstorfer
Ernst Essel
Bert Fortell ...
Customs official
Ina Genée
Liane Gollé
Otto Hoch-Fischer
Paul Hör
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A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

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In a class by itself
21 May 1999 | by (North Thailand) – See all my reviews

"The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick" is a unique experience. Alternately strange, boring, and fascinating, it's the story of a professional German football goalie who simply walks off the playing field one day and proceeds to roam the city idly, stopping to pick up newspapers (to check the scores), watch movies, loiter around, and commit the random murder of a ticket-girl at the cinema he frequents. This is the first half of the film. The second half of the film is a journey to the country to attempt to reconcile things with an old girlfriend. He does not commit another murder. His homicide is never explained. He just does it and moves on, and it is in this respect Wenders' film is in a class by itself. Did the guy hate women? Did he have a s***ty childhood? Who cares? With its unwillingness to rationalize or justify the main characters' actions, this film completely sets itself apart from the dull psycho-serial killer genre and offers a new way to depict a man gone mad. It's a great film, though not for the attention-span challenged, and has a chillingly effective minimalist score. The ending is sublime.


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