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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.


Wim Wenders


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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


After letting in an easy goal, the experienced German goalkeeper, Josef Bloch, believing it is offside, engages in a loud and fierce argument with the referee. Moments later, Josef is sent off, then, packs his things in a small bag, and catches the first tram into Vienna, to wander aimlessly from his cheap hotel to the local cinema. Before long, Gloria, the movie theatre's polite cashier, catches Josef's eye. She seems willing to hear him; however, can she provide a cathartic means of escape? Written by Nick Riganas

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West Germany | Austria



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


Box Office


DEM 620,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film remained unavailable for three decades for reasons of music rights. (The original soundtrack includes works of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones, which is more expensive than the production of the film itself. ) To make the film possible to view again, the director Wim Wenders obtains the right of several songs and replaces other pieces with new songs of lyrics. Those were produced using period instruments and analog techniques from the 1950s to imitate the sound of that time as faithful as possible. See more »


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Maybe the best movie I've seen in my life
29 March 2006 | by lunacomputacionSee all my reviews

I just want to say that this movie, when I watched it first time long ago, opened the doors of what cinema could say, in which ways, and how it could go as far as possible from a typical theatrical or literary (linear,logical, rational) treatment of its artistic matter; pursuing a more "musical" or "harmonically oriented" approach.

Wenders develops this work as a series of "climates" or ambiances(we're talking "street" climates and ambiances, sometimes ugly or ridiculous; not that silly "grandeur" that spoils so many artworks) that contain valuable, almost satirical remarks on the "cheating" that our expectations and concepts are constantly playing to our minds.

The particular sense of humor and drama of the script writer and the director just hit a string on me; as did the musical score. I only regret that is very difficult to find plays or to purchase any copies, in any format, of this strange gem here in Argentina. I could watch it only twice, in cultural centers at Buenos Aires, which is not my hometown. This is a movie that you can enjoy over and over, as if it were a musical masterpiece. I'd like to point out that I'm not a native English speaker, so I apologize if my writing style is not quite correct.

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