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Wambo (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  13 May 2001 (Germany)
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Feature Film about the life and death of the famous Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Tarrach ...
Herbert Stieglmeier
Ruth Drexel ...
Mama Stieglmeier
Bettina Redlich ...
Alexander Lutz ...
Paulus Manker ...
Richard Stieglmeier
Dr. Fischer
Christian Doermer ...
Ferdi Tummler
Justus von Dohnányi ...
Siegfried Hühnerberg
Anne Bennent ...
Young Mama Stieglmeier
Heribert Sasse ...
Rosemarie Gerstenberg ...
Tante Rita
David Scheller ...
Ivan Zingariello ...
Italian gay boy


After a hard and unpleasant childhood, Herbert Stiegelmeier finds his place on the stages and sets of Bavarian film and theatre productions. His reputation is unscathed, and after years of increasing fame, he has established himself as a typical Munich original in the minds of the people all over Germany. All those years nobody even suspected his other self, his attraction to homosexual S&M practices, his affairs with paid love slaves and his dedication to pain and suppression. One day, Herbert Stiegelmeier is found murdered - hammered to death - at the height of his career. Based on the biography of famous Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayer and the still not completely solved mystery of his death. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Based on the life of Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayr who was killed on 14 July 1990. See more »

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A jewel in Germany´s mediocre TV program
28 December 2003 | by (Bavaria, Germany) – See all my reviews

This TV Movie about Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayr (Herbert Stieglmeier in the movie) is very well written and directed and compared to most of Germany´s TV program it was outstanding. The character of Wambo(potbelly) is worked out very good. You get to know the man behind the story very good, his warm sides as well as his bad sides and especially his private life, which was kept very secret. After he was killed, Bavaria was shocked, not only by the brutal murder, but because his homosexuality was revealed ("a real Bavarian man is not gay"). The cast is good, especially Jürgen Tarach. His (Herbert Stieglmeier) acting is great and although he is from Berlin he manages the Bavarian accent very convincing. All in all a very entertaining film I can recommend to everybody.

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