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Der schwarze Blitz (1958)

| Romance | 1959 (Italy)
Michael Kirchner, nicknamed "The Black Lightning", is a passionate alpine skier. Now he must eliminate the tough opponent Herbert Tanner to be the representative of the national team.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Sailer ... Michael Kirchner
Oliver Grimm ... Andi
... Gretl Mittermayr
... Herbert Thanner
... Uschi Bauer
Carla Hagen ... Dame von Zimmer Nr. 7
Olive Moorefield ... Astrid Tuesday
Viktor Staal ... Lehrer Thalhammer
... Hotelier Haringer
Heinrich Gretler ... Oberwachtmeister Strobl
Walter Gross ... Barkeeper Johnny
Peter Parak ... Hans Rofele
Ali von Wolffersdorff ... Martl
Monika Roether ... Mannequin Ruth
Margarete Srb ... Mannequin Barbara
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Michael Kirchner, nicknamed "The Black Lightning", is a passionate alpine skier. Now he must eliminate the tough opponent Herbert Tanner to be the representative of the national team.

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Did the handsome skier really steal his rival's ski wax?
31 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

In this German "Heimatfilm", Toni Sailer, who won three golds in downhill skiing for Austria in the 1956 winter olympics, plays a skier who is falsely accused - (or is he?) - of stealing his rival's wax and causing his rival's training injuries by moving one of the gates on the downhill race course.

I saw this on TV in Germany and it is my favorite movie of the Heimat genre - mostly because of the Alpine views and magnificent ski scenes in garishly beautiful late-50s color. It is the best movie ever made that features a skier bombing down the mountain while playing the accordion.

I frankly don't remember much more about the plot, except that the rival is a well-married local who has returned to win the big ski race, there is a girl, an orphan and a mountain rescue - in other words, all the requisite elements of a great heimatfilm. If you like skiing, gripping drama and good clean Tyrolian fun, this movie's for you.


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