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Dennis, an American private eye, is sent to Germany to find out as much as possible about typical Germans and typically German behaviour. Disguised as a TV reporter he sets sail for Germany... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gerhard Bahn
Klaus Beier
Guenter Deckert
Christian Doermer
Norbert Geis
Brigitte Haftka
Rigolf Hennig
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Reinhold Oberlercher
Manfred Opp
Irmela Schramm


Dennis, an American private eye, is sent to Germany to find out as much as possible about typical Germans and typically German behaviour. Disguised as a TV reporter he sets sail for Germany where we follow him interviewing a wide variety of people, from politicians and intellectuals to policemen, demonstrants and ordinary people in the street. All this, however, is not what the film is really about, for "Deckname Dennis" is actually a satirical documentary about all those extremely odd people, groups and societies whose attitudes and behaviour are far too outrageous for anybody to take seriously. Therefore ALL the documentary bits are real, i.e. the people really thought they were being interviewed by an American reporter, and so they gladly presented an insight into their beliefs, ideas and goals. Written by Alex Brugger <>

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Rated R for strong sexuality | See all certifications »




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22 May 1997 (Germany)  »

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satirical political Documentary no sexuality included at all
3 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Movie is a experiment of getting German view on Germany like Germany can be seen from foreign people.

Its an experiment like " How what aliens from outer space see us humans" but a little closer to reality: Its how would people outside the German culture could understand the German way of live. Dennis, the US TV-reporter (a camouflaged intelligence service man) is a German stereotype of US-American people. This stereotype is used to show the German audience the crazy and obscure German allday life from a distance.

A good interesting somehow different documentary with a 68ter political few on the German society. A kind of European style "Micheal Moore documentary".

PS: The R rating must be a mistake . there is no sexuality involved in this movie unless you refer eating "Bratwurst" as sexuality ;-)

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