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End of the Game (1975)

Der Richter und sein Henker (original title)
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 ...
Coroner
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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5 May 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Robert Shaw had written an early adaptation of the novel in the mid 60's, which had been rejected by Paramount and never filmed. See more »

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An unforgettable film
20 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife & I saw this as the second feature at a drive-in (yes, that long ago) and it has stayed with us long after we've forgotten the main feature that night. A marvelous game of cat & mouse between two chess-masters, with Voight as their pawn. We've looked for it on television, on tape and on DVD ever since, hoping to decide if it was as impressive as we thought. Schell's direction is superb, building and maintaining a constant tension throughout. The actors performances are, well, what you'd expect from these actors at the top of their game. Beginning with two young men circa WWII, one betting the other that he can get away with a murder, The End of the Game ranks with the best of Le Carre's work in its examination of a master detective's plot to finally catch his bete noir in a crime.


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