Tatort (1970– )
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Taxi nach Leipzig 

The East German authorities are calling the West German Police for assistance on a case. The body of a boy was found at a Truck Stop near Leipzig. The boy wears shoes made in West Germany. ... See full summary »


Peter Schulze-Rohr


Friedhelm Werremeier (film), Friedhelm Werremeier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Walter Richter Walter Richter ... Kommissar Trimmel
Renate Schroeter Renate Schroeter ... Eva Billsing
Paul Albert Krumm Paul Albert Krumm ... Erich Landsberger
Hans Peter Hallwachs Hans Peter Hallwachs ... Oberleutnant Klaus (as Peter Hallwachs)
Edgar Hoppe ... Kriminalmeister Höffgen
Erwin Klietsch Erwin Klietsch ... Karl Lincke
Marianne Hachfeld Marianne Hachfeld ... Elvira Kniebel
Ernst Wendt Ernst Wendt ... VoPo
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ... DDR-Grenzer (as Günther Lamprecht)
Gerhard Hartig Gerhard Hartig ... Karl Bell
Horst Ulbricht Horst Ulbricht ... Mechaniker
Henry-Ernst Simmon Henry-Ernst Simmon ... Juwelier


The East German authorities are calling the West German Police for assistance on a case. The body of a boy was found at a Truck Stop near Leipzig. The boy wears shoes made in West Germany. Some time later the assistance call is withdrawn. Phoning his colleague in East Berlin, a man he worked together with in the past, investigator Paul Trimmel in Hamburg is told: "There is no work for you here." But Trimmel investigates on his own. He finds out that the wealthy Erich Landsberger is the illegitimate father of the dead kid. Landsberger and his other son have moved to Frankfurt. Trimmel pays him a visit there. The man is of no great help for him, but Trimmel gets an unexpected clue from Landsberger's little son. He has to go to Leipzig himself to find out more. So he leaves the Transit Route near the city, pretending his car broke down, takes a Taxi and goes looking for Eva Billsing, the dead boy's mother. She is not home when Trimmel arrives. The next day Trimmel encounters Eva's ... Written by Troll

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Crime | Drama




West Germany



Release Date:

29 November 1970 (West Germany) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First movie of the very successful "Tatort" series. By 2016 over 1,000 episodes have been produced and production is still going on. See more »


Referenced in Willenbrock (2005) See more »

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A true classic
1 March 2001 | by Doc TomSee all my reviews

This is a real classic and, at least in its category as a made-for-tv movie, nothing less than a masterpiece. The film was the first one of numerous full-length episodes of the still-running tv-series "Tatort". Set in Leipzig, by that time a metropolis of East Germany, the film tells the story of a cop from Hamburg (West Germany) who mostly off-duty follows the tracks of a kid that died near the Autobahn at Leipzig. It is not the thriller elements that keep the viewer attentive and interested, but the people in the film and the way there story is told. No character clichés, excellent acting, good camera-work - and, not to be forgotten, a fascinating clash of two Germany cultures. It's a quite one, but far above the average of tv-movie making. A proficient film and a time document at the same time.

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