MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 203 this week

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

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 322 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Knife in the Head (1978)

Knife in the Head (1978) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Knife in the Head.
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Abram returns to his small village and although his repairing skills are needed, people's suspicion about his sexual preferences make his life hard.

Director: Peter Fleischmann
Stars: Martin Sperr, Angela Winkler, Else Quecke
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser
Young Torless (1966)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Germany, 1968: The priest's daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane's ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Volker Spengler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Six days in the life of Wilhelm: a detached man without qualities. He wants to write, so his mother gives him a ticket to Bonn, telling him to live. On the train he meets an older man, an ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Schygulla, Hans Christian Blech
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Born into a well-off family, Franz Blum had led a carefree youth until, some time after graduating from high school, he was arrested by the police. For, involved by a gang of bad boys, the ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhard Hauff
Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Eike Gallwitz, Burkhard Driest
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Reinhard Hauff
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Hans Kremer, Therese Affolter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge
Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Hans Korte
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryu Ishii
Stars: Katsuya Kobayashi, Mitsuko Baishô, Yoshiki Arizono
Chappaqua (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Director: Conrad Rooks
Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El cuchillo en la cabeza  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
[English subtitles: voiceover as Hoffmann looks out his office window]
Hoffmann: An American in my case would start shooting out the window.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD ? Czechflash
Found it online... escalation746
Discuss Knife in the Head (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?