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The Third Generation (1979)
"Die dritte Generation" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  9 September 1980 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast overview:
Harry Baer ...
Rudolf Mann
Hark Bohm ...
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Margit Carstensen ...
P. J. Lurz
Jürgen Draeger ...
Hans Vielhaber
Raúl Gimenez ...
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Franz Walsch
Edgar Gast
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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, after crippling of the violent Red Army Faction. Released in 1979, largely unavailable until 2004. International kapitalist PJ Lurz's secretary is a gang member, while her Polizeikommissar father-in-law/lover hired Lurz' corporate security force. Written by David Stevens

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A film projectionist in Hamburg was beaten unconscious while screening this film and a theater in Frankfurt was besiege by youths attempting to use acid to destroy the print. See more »


Petra Vielhaber: I'd like to be called Michaela Angela Martinez.
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Eine Komödie in 6 Teilen / um Gesellschaftsspiele / voll Spannung, Erregung und Logik / Grausamkeit und Wahnsinn / ähnlich den Märchen / die man Kindern erzählt / ihr Leben zum Tod ertragen zu helfen. See more »


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strange but fascinating
15 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i can't say i really understood this movie but i was gripped. i'd drunk 8 beers before watching and fancied something heavy and wot heavier than Fassbinder i thought. i've read all the reviews of this movie on IMDb and they tell me it's a comedy. i didn't laugh once but Fassbinder really is way above my head in every way, so u may see the comedy that i missed out on. i also read u need to see this movie 2 or 3 times to get it. i think this movie was just too complex for my little brain but i still loved it. Fassbinder's 'fox and his friends' is one of my favourite ever films so i will always be open to a Fassbinder film. i will watch this film again because i really think there is something special going on. i shouldn't have drunk 8 beers before watching this complex work but like i said, i still enjoyed it which i think says something about Fassbinder.

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