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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
"Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe" (original title)

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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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Kurt Raab ...
Jeff Roden ...
Margit Carstensen ...
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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12 July 1973 (West Germany)  »

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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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Ulli Lommel's disturbing shocker!
14 June 2002 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Fritz Haarman-the infamous "Butcher of Hanover" was one of the worst serial killers in the recent history.During five years(1919-1924)with the help of his homosexual partner Hans Grans he butchered nearly fifty youths.Their method was always the same:they enticed a youth from railway station back to Haarman's room,Haarman killed him(according to his account by biting his throat)and the boy's body was dismembered and sold as meat.His clothes were sold,and the useless(i.e. uneatable)body parts were thrown into the river Leine.Haarman was sentenced to death,Grans to twelve years in jail.Ulli Lommel's "The Tenderness of Wolves" is a realistic portrayal of this notorious killer.It's brilliantly acted,psychologically disturbing and almost completely non-violent.Definitely a must-see!


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