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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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Cast

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
...
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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murder | football | based on novel | See All (3) »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

13 January 1977 (USA)  »

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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick  »

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Budget:

DEM 620,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The music works wonderfully.
25 June 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a detective film, but it's not really a film noir or cop drama like we're used to in the U.S. However, there are lots of references to America's overwhelming cultural presence throughout.

For me, Jurgen Knieper's score serves the story well; the tune still comes back to me all these years later.

It's a simple monotonous tune, the main parts being just two notes that the small chamber group works back and forth. It may not sound like much, but in reality it becomes mesmerizing, almost like a 2nd main character, and something that won't release you, like fate.

The film, of course, is genius.

The understated music matches the film's lack of much excitement or development.

The visuals and music work to produce a profoundly unsettling look at the monotonous life of the murderer.


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