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Havoc (1972)

Das Unheil (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 11 October 1972 (France)
Pollution, disaffection, moral decay and social unrest surround a church and its pastor's family heading toward a celebration over the return of its bells.

Director:

Peter Fleischmann

Writers:

Peter Fleischmann, Martin Walser (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Hille (as Vitus Zepplichal)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Pfarrer (as Reinhard Koldehoff)
Silke Kulik Silke Kulik ... Dimuth
Helga Riedel-Hassenstein Helga Riedel-Hassenstein ... Mutter (as Helga Hassenstein)
Ingmar Zeisberg ... Sibylle
Werner Hess Werner Hess ... Dr. Raucheisen
Christoph Geraths Christoph Geraths ... Drogist
Ulrich Greiwe Ulrich Greiwe ... Uli Walter, Biologe
Frédérique Jeantet Frédérique Jeantet ... Roswitha
Gabi Will Gabi Will ... Gabi
Eugen Pletsch Eugen Pletsch ... Schüler
Kurt Wörtz Kurt Wörtz ... Schüler
Bernhard Kimmel Bernhard Kimmel ... Deserteur
Ludwig Beyer Ludwig Beyer ... Alter Waldhornspieler
Rex Aquam Aquarillo Rex Aquam Aquarillo ... Rentner
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Pollution, disaffection, moral decay and social unrest surround a church and its pastor's family heading toward a celebration over the return of its bells.

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Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Havoc See more »

Filming Locations:

Wetzlar, Hessen, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Uli Walter, Biologe: If Jacob dies of this cyanide poisoning, I roast him and feed it to him for dinner.
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Crazy Credits

Shown over the last scene of the church bells ringing, without any other music. Actor credits are split into groups of four, with other credits like writer and cinematography shown in between. See more »

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Unnervingly artistic
3 August 2004 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

A local priest is organizing the return to town of the original church bells sold off during the war. The preparations call for both a rock- and a brass band, a mens choir and little children dressed up as bells to visit him at home. Meanwhile is son Hille is trying to study for his exams. Also causing a lot of distractions is elder sister Sibylle (the redheaded sheep of the family), leading to many confusing flashbacks involving their ill tempered father. On top of this the whole town seems to be going crazy: striking garbage men spoil an adulterous woman's fun, while nearly all the animals at the local pet shop die over night. Does it have something to do with the water or are the nearby factories to blame?

Shot documentary style with incredibly long and elaborate shots that would make even Brian De Palma jealous, we are constantly looking over peoples shoulders or even at their backs. Most scenes feature disconnected background noises like workmen in the street, alarms going off or church bells ringing (especially when our whiny narrator Hille interacts with girls – talk about being obvious). It succeeds in giving the viewer a feeling of unease (the titular Unheil) and makes us expect something awful to happen at any moment. But the uneventful finale serves up more questions than answers. For aspiring steady camera operators and analyzing art house lovers only.

4 our of 10 (for the camera work)


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