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Red Sun (1970)

Rote Sonne (original title)
Thomas hitchhikes from Hamburg to Munich where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Peggy. As Thomas doesn't have a bed for the night Peggy takes him home, not knowing that she and her four room mates have all made a strange pact.

Director:

Rudolf Thome

Writer:

Max Zihlmann
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Cast

Cast overview:
Uschi Obermaier ... Peggy (as Uschi Obermeier)
Marquard Bohm ... Thomas
Sylvia Kekulé Sylvia Kekulé ... Sylvie
Gaby Go Gaby Go ... Isolde
Diana Körner ... Christine
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Wenders
Don Wahl Don Wahl ... Howard
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Linker Student
Henry van Lyck ... Lohmann
Günter Lemmer Günter Lemmer ... Manager
Axel Willschrei Axel Willschrei ... Schriftsteller
Wolfgang Glück Wolfgang Glück ... Mercedesfahrer
Peter Berling ... Mercedesfahrer
Elga Sorbas ... Tanzendes Mädchen
Carlo Fedier Carlo Fedier ... Mann an der Bar
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Thomas hitchhikes from Hamburg to Munich where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Peggy. As Thomas doesn't have a bed for the night Peggy takes him home, not knowing that she and her four room mates have all made a strange pact.

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Laßt uns die Männer töten! See more »

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Crime

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 September 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sun See more »

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Germany See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Uschi Obermaier, the actress who played Peggy, was dubbed by Marion Hartmann. See more »

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Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
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Written and Performed by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan (as Small Faces)
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Great because it's not timeless
17 July 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

This is a dated movie that you have to take in its historical context. A bunch of free-wheeling hippie girls share a flat, a carefree attitude to sex, and a shocking disregard for the physical integrity of their big-spending boyfriends, whom they have communally decided to off after a few days of TLC. This attitude of breaking with conventions, political ideology, availability and excessive violence describes the Zeitgeist of the late 1960ies and early 1970ies very accurately.

The balance is offset when an old boyfriend arrives on the scene. As he describes himself bluntly: "I've got this washed-out charme that's irresistible". He is a memorable and unique character, a freeloader, strangely hideous like a Mick Jagger stand-in and immature, and still captivating. When gang leader Peggy (played surprisingly well by the iconic Uschi Obermaier, who was actually more of a "media personality" than an actress) hesitates to comply with the group's five-day-rule she offsets the carefully balanced group dynamics. The movie finishes with a memorable showdown on beautiful lake Starnberg: "Are you hit?" -- "Just in the lung. No biggie." ("Du, nur'n kleiner Lungendurchschuss.")

The movie could have been better if there had been a few, homeopathically dosed scenes of ultragraphic violence. And as much as I liked the Thomas character (the movie is worth seeing for him alone), actor Marquard Bohm slurs his lines really badly.

But those are minor grievances, Rote Sonne is a bold, outstanding dystopic movie.


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