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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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Cast

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Walter Tschanz (as John Voight)
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Anna Crawley
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Hans Bärlach
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Richard Gastmann
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von Schwendi
Friedrich Dürrenmatt ...
Friedrich
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Gastmann's Mother
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Dr. Lutz
Rudolf Hubacher ...
Bodyguard 1
Rudolf Hunsperger ...
Bodyguard 2
Norbert Schiller ...
Dr. Hungertobel
Rita Calderoni ...
Nadine
Guido Cerniglia ...
Coroner
Willy Hügli ...
Clenin
Margarete Schell Noé ...
Frau Schönler
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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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In the late 50's, John Ford and his " Quiet Man" producer Michael Killanin considered filming this. John Wayne and Spencer Tracy were the proposed leads. See more »

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Corpse provided by Donald Sutherland See more »

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Version of Der Richter und sein Henker (1957) See more »

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"You're playing chess with yourself?" ... "I'm the only one I know who plays at my level."
13 August 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Maximilian Schell directed, co-produced, and co-adapted this screenplay, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's book "The Judge and His Hangman", about a cunning murderer who began his crimes in 1940s Istanbul with the thrill-killing of his friend's girl; thirty years later in Switzerland, the friend is now a Commissioner who links his former acquaintance to the murder of a patrolman. Jon Voight plays an investigator who has an affair with the lover of the deceased, not knowing she's also involved with the criminal suspect. Martin Ritt and Robert Shaw are the adversaries, and both are exceptional, with Shaw (in a bald cap) glimmering with decadent evil. However, Voight (his accent on and off) and Jacqueline Bisset fail to come up with anything interesting, and neither is photographed well (both look white and pasty). The film's monotonous rhythm is helped occasionally by the punchy editing, but Schell seems to lose his grip on the narrative after the intriguing opening sequences. Some of the director's small, throwaway moments are best, but his grand gestures do not work at all. *1/2 from ****


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