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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (original title)
A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Peter Handke (dialogue co-writer), Peter Handke (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Brauss ... Bloch
Kai Fischer ... Hertha
Erika Pluhar ... Gloria
Libgart Schwarz Libgart Schwarz ... Anna
Marie Bardischewski Marie Bardischewski ... Maria
Michael Toost Michael Toost ... Vertreter
Bert Fortell Bert Fortell ... Zollbeamter
Edda Köchl Edda Köchl ... Mädchen
Mario Kranz Mario Kranz ... Schuldiener
Ernst Meister Ernst Meister ... Steuerbeamter
Rosl Dorena ... Frau im Bus
Rudi Schippel Rudi Schippel ... Portier
Monika Poeschl Monika Poeschl ... 1. Frisöse (as Monika Pöschl)
Sybille Danzer Sybille Danzer ... 2. Frisöse
Rüdiger Vogler ... Idiot
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Storyline

A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

West Germany | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Budget:

DEM 620,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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How do we communicate with each other?
1 October 2002 | by emgasullaSee all my reviews

It is difficult to comment on such a brilliant movie without having read the book first, or even better, being familiar with Peter Handke's narrative works. While it may seem evident (to us, accustomed to Hollywood's conventional plots) that the main character of The Goalie... is a madman, it is not evident at all. Handke's approach to narrative is to reflect exterior signs, rather than enter the character's inner thoughts. See The Lefthanded Woman for example: while it may seem, on the surface, that the woman does not have a reason for divorce, in fact she might have a lot, only she does not reveal what is on her mind. Same applies to the goalie: he would not speak his mind, therefore we, and even Handke himself (or Wenders) can not enter his own intimate realm. Whatever his reasons are for what he does (and murder is only one of his unexplained acts) we can not know them. The film is about communication between people more than murder. It is funny that most of us would assume he is mad just because we can not find an account of his acts: if you think about it, in the real world outside the movie realm, most people -and even our closest friends- would not tell us why they do what they do. And it does not necessarily mean they are mad.


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