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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 July 1973 (West Germany)
Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.

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Jeff Roden ...
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Frau Lindner
Ingrid Caven ...
Dora
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Kommissar Braun
Brigitte Mira ...
Louise Engel
Rainer Hauer ...
Kommissar Müller
Barbara Bertram ...
Elli
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Wittowski
Heinrich Giskes ...
Lungis
Friedrich Karl Praetorius ...
Kurt Fromm
Karl von Liebezeit ...
Herr Engel
Walter Kaltheuner ...
Schuhmacher
El Hedi ben Salem ...
Französischer Soldat
Rainer Will ...
Opfer (as Reiner Will)
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In 1925, in Germany, Fritz Haarmann is a homosexual, thief and sneak, having a special license from the police. He sells meat in the black market. He also kills boys and young men, drinking their blood, quarter-sewing their bodies and throwing away the parts in a river. Certainly what he sells in the black market is human meat. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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12 July 1973 (West Germany)  »

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DEM 250,000 (estimated)
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Listed as one of the 1,000 movies that will change your life in the book by TimeOut. See more »

Goofs

Waiting on the stations platform a train with 1970ies Bundesbahn-wagon (type "Silberlinge") leaves the station. The film is supposed to act in the 1920ies. See more »

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"Mein Tod und Blut gebe ich gern zur Sühne in Gottes Arme und Gerechtigkeit" Fritz Haarmann (I will gladly give my death and blood as a reparation into the arms of god and justice) See more »

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Edited into Ulli Lommel's Zodiac Killer (2005) See more »

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Fascinating and eerie!
2 June 2002 | by (Denver, CO USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of the most interesting experiences that I have ever had! On one hand, it made me cringe. (The graphic sex was a surprise; I expected the gore.)On the other hand, it was beautiful and eerie. Great atmosphere... dark and smoky. Full of mystery and forbidden pleasures... cannibalism, vampirism, underage sex, corruption... the list goes on and on. Kurt Raab was frightening as Fritz Haarman: child molester, vampire, cannibal and black market salesman. He lures young boys off of the street and takes them back to his small, dingy apartment. Once there, he molests them (before, and sometimes after he kills them) murders them in cold blood and processes their carcasses to sell as meat in this post-WW2 drama. Both sexy and revolting, Raab draws the viewer into his dark, tortured psyche without garnering any sympathy for his dilemma. He is in one word, depraved.

Fritz' neighbor is hearing strange chopping noises in the night--- she does not like his way of bringing strange boys to the apartment. Suspicious, she contacts the police, who basically patronize her, until the murders become so numerous that they are impossible to ignore any longer. Go see this film. It is a truly disturbing experience.


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