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

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Corpse provided by Donald Sutherland See more »

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Very good European whodunit
15 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"End of the Game," a 1975 film directed by Maximilian Schell, isn't a standard murder mystery. Set in Europe, Martin Ritt (Hans Baerlach) is a Swiss police detective trying to capture a man named Gastmann (Robert Shaw). Thirty years earlier, Gastmann killed a woman in front of Ritt and was never prosecuted. When Ritt's partner is killed, he gets a new one, Walter (Jon Voight).

Ritt is excellent as a man determined to carry out this assignment despite facing death himself. Donald Sutherland, in an early role, plays the murdered detective in photos and as a corpse. The beautiful Jacqueline Bisset is the late detective's girlfriend. Robert Shaw is his usual hateful and smooth self. Voight does a good job, playing his role in a somewhat frenzied manner. He's also has a big nude scene.

"End of the Game" has a very European feel to it, and a host of accents from all over the place. It's unclear if they were all supposed to be speaking the same language or not. Accents aren't necessary, for instance, if you're a German living in Germany because you're not speaking English with an accent, you're speaking German. I suppose one can assume whatever language the characters were speaking, they had regional accents.

Fascinating film, the type of which one saw made more in the '70s than today - uneven, remote, but interesting.


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