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11 January 1984 (UK) See more »
In the pre-WWI Austro-Hungarian Empire, an older officer (Capt. Kunze) investigates a brilliant junior officer (Lt. Dorfrichter) suspected of complicity in a murder by poisoning. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Helmut Griem ... Judge Advocate Kunze

Ian Charleson ... First Lieutenant Dorfrichter

Barbara De Rossi ... Marianne Dorfrichter

Claudine Auger ... Lily Wencel
Robert Dietl ... General Wencel

Judy Cornwell ... Rose von Siebert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vlastimil Bedrna
Matteo Corvino ... Lieutenant Vannini

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Dr. Goldschmiedt
Benno Felling ... Lieutenant Stoklaska
Raimund Folkert
Renee Goddard ... Mrs. Gruber
Miguel Herz-Kestranek ... Captain Mader
Karel Karas-Kratochvil (as Karel Kratochvil)
Mijou Kovacs ... Anna Gabriel (as Marie José Kovacs)
Hubert Kramar ... Lieutenant von Hedry
Ladislav Krecmer ... Tuttman
Maxence Mailfort ... Captain Dugonich
Georg Marischka ... Weinberger
Vladimír Matejcek ... Fritz Gabriel
Pavlína Mourková ... Olga Moller (as Pavla Mourkova)
Jindrich Narenta
Angela Pabisch ... Ingrid
Wolfgang Panzer
Herbert Prikopa ... Herr Moller
Dolores Schmidinger ... Frau Czepa
Heinrich Schweiger ... Colonel Imstadt
Kurt Sowinetz ... Lebowitz
Milos Sustr
Giovanni Vettorazzo ... Captain Landsberg-Lövy
Eva Vidlarová

Friedrich von Thun ... Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Toni Wagner
Norbert Wartha ... Private Boka
Guido Wieland ... Emperor Franz Josef
Eduard Wildner ... Captain Prince Hohenstein

Directed by
John Goldschmidt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maria Fagyas  novel
Jack Rosenthal  screenplay

Produced by
Helmut Krapp .... producer
Wolfgang Panzer .... producer
Original Music by
Toni Stricker 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Treu 
Production Management
Dieter Meyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... second assistant director
Other crew
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor

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206 min (2 parts)
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Murder in pre-war Vienna, 14 February 2011
Author: angelofvic from United States

In the glittering pre-war Vienna of 1909, the captains, majors, and generals of the imperial army have nothing to do but attend social functions and indulge in sexual improprieties. One of them, Captain Mader, reaches for an unsolicited sexual-enhancement nostrum he received in the mail -- but it turns out to be cyanide.

The judge advocate assigned to the murder case, the humble-born and very dedicated Captain Kunze (Helmut Griem, of "Cabaret" fame), develops an obsession with the man who becomes his prime suspect: the brilliant, magnetic young soldier, Lieutenant Peter Dorfrichter (Ian Charleson). Kunze torments himself with the questions: Does he want Dorfrichter to be guilty, or innocent? Does he want him to live, or die? And why?

The superior officers of the army -- and the Emperor himself -- want the case dismissed, and pressure Kunze to drop all charges against any officer. Officers of the imperial army are above the law, and the army must appear without stain.

Meanwhile, as investigations drag on, Lt. Dorfrichter takes to playing cruel mind games with his captor Kunze ....

"The Devil's Lieutenant" is based on M. Fagyas's rich and intriguing 1970 novel of the same name. It, in turn, was based on a true series of events: the Hofrichter Affair -- which not only rocked the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1909, but also made headlines around the world.

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