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11 January 1985 (USA) See more »
A neo-Nazi organization is recruiting in the 1980s, and two youths of high-school age join for similar reasons... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Walter Bannert 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walter Bannert 
Erich A. Richter 

Produced by
Chris D. Nebe .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Hanus Polak 
Film Editing by
Walter Bannert 
Production Design by
Rudolf Czettel 
German Pizzinini 
Set Decoration by
Michael Plappert 
Costume Design by
Regina Amon 
Makeup Department
Renate Micheli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gebhard Zupan .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruth Blankenstein .... assistant director
Harry M. Scholz .... assistant director
Art Department
Sabine Gally .... props
Sound Department
Anton Amlacher .... assistant sound
Ekkehart Baumung .... sound
Kurt Schwarz .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kurt Fritz .... second assistant camera
Frederic-Gerard Kaczek .... assistant camera (as Frederic G. Kaczek)
Frederic-Gerard Kaczek .... focus puller
Hans-Jörg Kirchmeyer .... gaffer (as Hansjörg Kirchmeyer)

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Also Known As:
"Die Erben" - Austria (original title)
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France:97 min | USA:90 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Chilling Tale of the Effects of Apathy and the Young, 26 June 2004
Author: andell ( from Toronto, Canada

When I first saw this movie, I didn't quite know what to make of it. To be sure, there is a sense of intense violence and eroticism in this film that seems to be at odds with one another, and overshadows the performances, at least on the initial viewing.

Is it formula? Perhaps, for all of the possible excuses for reaching for violence and hatred are here: indifferent and abusive parents, diminished school prospects, and poverty to some degree- however it should be noted that the most fanatical of the boys is the one who comes from a good home. By the end, there is little of him left but the desire to destroy, and the inevitable beauty that he will self destruct.

On that point, it is very tragic that Nikolas Vogel, the star of the film, passed away so very young. As the young fanatical neo-Nazi, we see him as a lovely, misguided young man whose confusion and disappointment throughout the film ultimately lead to the violent conclusion. He starts as an innocent kid, and finishes as the empty vessel that we all fear on some level.

Very sad that Nikolas Vogel didn't get to make very many films, for this one made a profound impression on me!

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