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End of the Game (1975)
"Der Richter und sein Henker" (original title)

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While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and ... See full summary »

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Walter Tschanz (as John Voight)
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Anna Crawley
Martin Ritt ...
Hans Baerlach
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Richard Gastmann
Helmut Qualtinger ...
Von Schwendi
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Dr. Lutz
Rita Calderoni ...
Nadine
Friedrich Dürrenmatt ...
Friedrich
Willy Hügli ...
Clenin
Norbert Schiller ...
Dr. Hungertobel
Guido Cerniglia ...
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Otto Ryser ...
Blatter
Margarete Schell Noé ...
Mrs. Schoenler
Rudolf Hunsperger ...
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Rudolf Hubacher ...
Edy, Bodyguard 1
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While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and interference from political interests. This is an existential whodunit, but a good one, and like any good whodunit, ends with a very surprising conclusion, which will be spoiled for you if you read much of anything at all about the movie. Written by LD

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"I could murder her in front of your eyes and you couldn't prove it," said the master criminal to the master detective. And so the game began...


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"Friedrich" is consulted to shed some light on Kommissar Baerlach's motives. Friederich is played by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, who wrote the book on which the movie is based. See more »

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Great Setup, Bad "Ending"
25 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well as others have commented there is some great acting here. My favorite is Robert Shaw as the villain, but Martin Ritt as the inspector is also quite good.

The problem is that the plot mostly makes absolutely no sense (I can't believe they didn't somehow change what was in the book), and the denouement is more or less unfathomable. It's almost like they had a great setup and didn't know how to explain things or end them.

As others mentioned, the film is enveloped in fog and is quite grainy. Switzerland was never that foggy when I was there! And the music didn't really match the action on the film.

All in all, from what I can tell, skip this and try the book.


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