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Bloody Friday (1972)

Blutiger Freitag (original title)
When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.


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Complete credited cast:
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Heinz Klett
Amadeus August ...
Christian Hofbauer
Gianni Macchia ...
Luigi Belloni
Christine Böhm ...
Heidi Hofbauer
Ernst H. Hilbich ...
Ernst Pylobar
Marion Lotzmann
Dagmar Neuss
Walter Buschhoff ...
Walter Lotzmann
Renate Roland ...
Helga Radtke
Horst Naumann ...
Dr. Mayer-Lippe
Totò Mignone ...
Franz Muhl (as Ottone Mignone)
E.O. Fuhrmann ...
Ursula Erber ...
Irmgard Zukunft
Werner Heyking ...
Dr. Eminger


When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

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6 February 1973 (Italy)  »

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In 2015, Subkultur Entertainment started a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to restore the film which was successful. During the restoration it was discovered that the soundtrack was longer than the film itself. This resulted in raiding the vaults at the production company Lisa Film. There, a film reel was discovered which contained scenes cut to obtain a rating from the FSK. In the end, the original director's cut was restored in 4K resolution. See more »


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German poliziotto that is not as bad as it looks
1 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

If you consider the fact that the Italians, back in the seventies, were champions in the eurocrime exploitation genre (poliziotto), than it's no wonder they would have a go at it in other countries as well. Cineproduzione Daunia 70 (from Caliber 9) tried it in Germany with actor/director Rolf Olsen. He made the crime film Wenn es nacht wird auf der Reeperbahn in 1967, and the prostitution drama Der Pfarrer von St. Pauli in 1970, which are both quite good, so you understand why he wrote and directed it.

Bloody Friday is a more German version of the stylistic Italian poliziotto. It is tougher, more direct and also more over the top, I mean, it is sometimes TOO SILLY. The escape of Heinz Klett (great acting by Raimund Harmstorf by the way) on itself might be believable, but why would Heidi incriminate herself suddenly for her boyfriend Luigi, or would her brother do just the same for her? Just robbing a bank with a maniac, what can go wrong?

The heart of the film is this violent character Heinz. He is the cause of everything. How he bluntly accepts these amateurs for nothing less than a bank robbery, that's typical Heinz. He is like a caricature of a man, aggressive, sexist, opportunist and over confident. People who die just deserve it because they are weak, in his opinion.

Bloody Friday might look terrible at some point, but this film isn't as bad as it looks. It actually brings some surprising social undertones to the genre, which are usually lacking in poliziotteschi. The desperation from the other robbers give the film an humanistic context. Heidi and Luigi want to escape from their shitty jobs, while the brother is a deserter. It is also (very loosely) based on a real story, as Germany had to endure a lot of violence in this period – terrorism from extreme left wing organizations and violent bank robberies, not only by professionals, but also by amateurs, like in this film. I rate it 7/10.

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