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Bloody Friday (1972)

Blutiger Freitag (original title)
When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

Directors:

Rolf Olsen, Lee Payant
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raimund Harmstorf Raimund Harmstorf ... Heinz Klett
Amadeus August ... Christian Hofbauer
Gianni Macchia Gianni Macchia ... Luigi Belloni
Christine Böhm Christine Böhm ... Heidi Hofbauer
Ernst H. Hilbich Ernst H. Hilbich ... Ernst Pylobar
Gila von Weitershausen ... Marion Lotzmann
Daniela Giordano ... Dagmar Neuss
Walter Buschhoff Walter Buschhoff ... Walter Lotzmann
Renate Roland Renate Roland ... Helga Radtke
Horst Naumann Horst Naumann ... Dr. Mayer-Lippe
Totò Mignone Totò Mignone ... Franz Muhl (as Ottone Mignone)
E.O. Fuhrmann E.O. Fuhrmann ... Oberstaatsanwalt
Ursula Erber Ursula Erber ... Irmgard Zukunft
Werner Heyking Werner Heyking ... Dr. Eminger
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When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

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Taglines:

A Bizarre Plot Erupts In Violence ... Lives Are Shattered in the Gory Wake ... The Survivors Will Remember the Day As ... "Bloody Friday" See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 February 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 2015, Subkultur Entertainment started a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to restore the film which was successful. During the restoration it was discovered that the soundtrack was longer than the film itself. This resulted in raiding the vaults at the production company Lisa Film. There, a film reel was discovered which contained scenes cut to obtain a rating from the FSK. In the end, the original director's cut was restored in 4K resolution. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut to secure a "Not under 18" rating. Only in 2017 the uncut version was released on DVD/Blu-ray. See more »

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Crime is as Contagious as the Pest!
25 November 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Whatever they can do in Italy, we can do better" they must have thought in Germany. Extremely violent crime thrillers were very popular in Italy during the early 70's and at least a dozen of awesome ones got released every year. "Bloody Friday" is more or less Germany's response to this successful trend and a damn perplexing one, I may add! When the heavy criminal Heinz Klett escapes police custody during his transport to court, he promptly executes his plans to commit the biggest bank robbery ever in the history of the country. He, his regular partner and his girlfriend's brother storm into the bank heavily armed and take 10 people hostage. While the police attempts to gather the $1.000.000 ransom, and entire media circus unfolds outside on the streets. You usually know pretty much exactly how this kind of movie develops. Things don't go according to plan, there's the Stockholm Syndrome and a couple of unplanned deaths along the way. Apparently the film is inspired by similar real-life events as they occurred in Germany. I don't know which parts of the film were fictionalized, but I seriously wonder if the real events ended in such a nauseating and shocking bloodbath as well. I hope not. Probably the greatest accomplishment here is the biting social satire. While the hostage is going on inside, the public outside shouts for the re-implementation of the death penalty and there are even are some sly businessmen that unscrupulously want to make money out of the gathered crowd. It's certainly also not a film for people with an easily upset stomach or tangled nerves. Heinz' escape is bloody already and there's massively shocking sequence involving a hand grenade at the beginning of the hold-up. "Bloody Friday" is well-directed (by the guy who did "Shocking Asia"), the acting performances are pretty great and everything else (music, editing, photography, atmosphere) is simply in-your-face brutal and confronting.


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