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Das Millionenspiel (1970)

A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »


Tom Toelle


Wolfgang Menge (screenplay), Robert Sheckley (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jörg Pleva Jörg Pleva ... Bernhard Lotz
Suzanne Roquette Suzanne Roquette ... Claudia von Hohenheim (as Susanne Roquette)
Dieter Thomas Heck ... Thilo Uhlenhorst
Theo Fink Theo Fink ... Hänsel, Mitglied der 'Köhlerbande'
Dieter Hallervorden ... Köhler, Chef der 'Köhlerbande'
Josef Fröhlich Josef Fröhlich ... Witte, Mitglied der 'Köhlerbande'
Annemarie Schradiek Annemarie Schradiek ... Mutter Lotz
Elisabeth Wiedemann Elisabeth Wiedemann ... Frau Steinfurth
Andrea Grosske Andrea Grosske ... Frau Grote
Friedrich Schütter Friedrich Schütter ... Moulian, Chef von TETV
Peter Schulze-Rohr Peter Schulze-Rohr ... Ziegler
Joachim Richert Joachim Richert ... Hotelkellner
Arnim Basche Arnim Basche ... Erster Außenreporter TETV
Heribert Faßbender Heribert Faßbender ... Zweiter Außenreporter TETV (as Heribert Fassbender)
Ralf Gregan Ralf Gregan ... Sanitäter


A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of the show is watching the transmissions of twenty camera teams filming the hunt. The showmaster appeals to the TV-viewers to help either the candidate or the hunters, whomever they want. Written by Mirko Thiessen <mirko.thiessen@arcor.de>

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Release Date:

18 October 1970 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Le jeu des millions See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After the second broadcast in the 1970s, public broadcaster WDR, which produced the film, was sued by producer Joseph Cates who owned the film rights. The problem was that WDR purchased the rights to make the film from German publishing company Goldmann, who released the book the film was based on. However, Goldmann did not own the film rights, so the licence WDR bought was void. This was confirmed by the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt in 1977. Since then the film was not shown publicly anywhere. Only in 2002 WDR was finally able to acquire the proper rights from Studio Canal, which in the meantime had become the rights owner. See more »


Version of Le prix du danger (1983) See more »


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Undoubtedly ahead of its time
8 July 2002 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This German TV-production is an impressive satire on reality-TV-shows - and made almost three decades before reality-TV-shows existed!

"Das Millionenspiel" ("The million game") is a TV-show that gets broadcast live once a month for a week. One contestant is hunted by three ruthless killers through the country, and if he survives the week, he'll win one million. The film follows the contestant on the last day of the fifteenth show, the killers always on his toes. If things go to smoothly for him, the producers help the killers to catch up with him again, and vice versa. During the climax, the contestant has to got through a tube, where each of the three killers has a last chance to shoot him dead. The whole program is - of course - interrupted by TV-spots from the show's sponsors "Stabilelite".

Even though the settings look dated nowadays, this unusual thriller still works with its issues, even though the reality-TV-show-phenomenon is almost worn out again. Knowing that "Das Millionenspiel" was made over 30 years ago, it bares almost prophetic content, which makes it even more interesting in the 21st century. Strangely, the film was "lost" after its first broadcast in the beginning of the Seventies and never showed again on TV until 2002. Also very remarkable are some of the cast: The show is presented by Dieter Thomas Heck, who himself became a very well now showmaster in german television later in the Seventies. Heribert Fassbender, who went on as a sports presenter for German TV, also plays one of the show's hosts. And, most interesting, German comedian Dieter Hallervorden can be seen in one of his very few serious roles: he's the leader of the killer gang!

Undoubtedly one of the best German TV-productions ever made and somewhat a predecessor of the reality-TV-satire "Series 7: The Contenders", which is also highly recommended and can be called "the American approach" on reality-TV-show-satire, made over 30 years later, though. "Das Millionenspiel" certainly is worth checking out, rating: 8 out of 10.

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