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Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | March 1961 (Austria)
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Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl, and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

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Manfred Gregor (novel), George Hurdalek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Steve Garrett
Barbara Rütting ... Inge Koerner
Christine Kaufmann ... Karin Steinhof
E.G. Marshall ... Col. Jerome Pakenham
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Karl Steinhof
Ingrid van Bergen ... Trude
Robert Blake ... Cpl. Jim Larkin
Richard Jaeckel ... Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
Frank Sutton ... Sgt. Chuck Snyder
Karin Hardt ... Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert Gerhart Lippert ... Frank Borgmann
Mal Sondock Mal Sondock ... Pvt. Joey Haines
Alan Gifford ... Gen. Stafford
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Dr. Urban
Rose Renée Roth Rose Renée Roth ... Frau Kulig
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Storyline

In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand. Written by garykmcd

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The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!

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Crime | Drama

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

March 1961 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Shocker See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mal Sondock (Private Joey Haines) was a Texas-born American expatriate who was a disc jockey with AFN while serving with the U.S. Army in West Germany. After his enlistment ended in the late 1950s, Sondock stayed in Europe and became famous as a master of ceremonies and radio host at Westdeuscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. He hosted a very popular American music show on WDR, "Mal Sondock's Hit-Parade". His American-accented German endeared him to his vast audience. He passed away from a long illness in Cologne in 2009, at the age of seventy-five. See more »

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At the near end, when Kirk Douglas is checking out of the hotel, through the double glass doors is clearly visible a 1957 Chevrolet rear 1/4 panel with it's fluted aluminum trim. Camera change to the exterior of the hotel, Kirk Douglas exits and walks around to the drivers side of a 1956 Chevrolet which he drives away in. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Jim Larkin: [to bartender] Give me a coke, okay?
Sgt. Chuck Snyder: Look, kid, if you want to have any fun at all in this town, you're gonna have to buy something stronger than Coca-Cola.
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Referenced in Newhart: Town Without Pity (1988) See more »

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Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney
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A Must-see!
11 July 2004 | by PinkaiSee all my reviews

I'm not someone who uses lots of superlatives, but "Town without Pity" is a movie, for which I would not mind using some of them (and only positively). I had no idea about this movie, nor I ever knew anything about it; yet I picked it up only because everytime I visited the Exposition Park Branch of the Los angeles Public Library, it was lying there in the shelf, for a long long time. Watching this movie was a very pleasant experience for me. I found this movie very "humane" in that it was able to successfully deal with the sensitive issue of rape. It's devoid of high drama, but rather very realistic. It involves the humane face of a ruthless defense lawyer, who knows his job, and yet is ready to spare the victim the second round of rape that occurs in the court-room during cross examination.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to watch an excellent, serious movie.


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