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Knife in the Head (1978)
"Messer im Kopf" (original title)

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One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the ... See full summary »

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Angela Winkler ...
Ann
Hans Christian Blech ...
Anleitner
Heinz Hoenig ...
Volker
Hans Brenner ...
Scholz
Udo Samel ...
Schurig
Eike Gallwitz ...
Dr. Groeske
Carla Egerer ...
Schwester Angelika
Gabriele Dossi ...
Schwester Emilie
Hans Fuchs ...
Chefarzt
Gert Burkard ...
Institutsdirektor
Erich Kleiber ...
Pförtner
Karl-Heinz Merz ...
Patient (as Karl Heinz Merz)
Ursel Lessoing ...
Frau Schurig
Heinz Hürländer ...
Kommissar (as Heinz Hurlander)
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One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the building and ends up being shot in the head. He awakens with brain trauma, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The police accuse him of stabbing an officer; the radicals herald him as an innocent victim of police brutality. During his slow recovery at the hospital, Hoffmann must piece together his life and struggle to remember the events of that night. Written by sienel

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17 November 1978 (West Germany)  »

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El cuchillo en la cabeza  »

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[English subtitles: voiceover as Hoffmann looks out his office window]
Hoffmann: An American in my case would start shooting out the window.
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One of my favourite films of the last quarter-century.
19 December 2003 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a very powerful film when I first saw it almost 25 years ago. My opinion of it remains the same to-day as it was then. I regret that more people have not had the opportunity to see this remarkable film.


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