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The Consequence (1977)

Die Konsequenz (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 December 1977 (West Germany)
Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates. After Martin is released, They try to build a relationship and a life ... See full summary »

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Alexander Ziegler (novel), Alexander Ziegler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Prochnow ... Martin Kurath
Ernst Hannawald ... Thomas Manzoni
Werner Schwuchow Werner Schwuchow ... Diethelm, Erzieher
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Rusterholz, Anstaltsleiter (as Hans Michael Rehberg)
Hans Putz Hans Putz ... Enrico
Elisabeth Fricker Elisabeth Fricker ... Babette
Walo Lüönd Walo Lüönd ... Giorgio Manzoni, der Vater
Edith Volkmann Edith Volkmann ... Frau Manzoni, die Mutter
Erwin Kohlund Erwin Kohlund ... Direktor Reichmuth
Alexis von Hagemeister Alexis von Hagemeister ... Clemens Krauthagen
Jan Groth
Gerold Noelli Gerold Noelli ... (as Gerold Nölli)
Hans Irle Hans Irle
Erwin Parker Erwin Parker
Alexander Ziegler Alexander Ziegler
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Storyline

Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates. After Martin is released, They try to build a relationship and a life together but, no one will let them alone. Written by Havan IronOak

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 December 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La consecuencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Switzerland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When released in the U.S., the film failed to have an MPAA rating, which may have actually helped the film gain some cache in urban cities; however, it also prevented the film from gaining much of a wide release. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Manzoni: If you like each other, it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl.
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Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007) See more »

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Worth Seeing, Definitely
20 September 2009 | by ekebySee all my reviews

This film certainly deserves to be better known. I think with gay cinema evaluations have to be made in the context of the era in which they were made. The simplicity, honesty, brutality, and directness of this story is exceptional for the time.

It's a slender story, familiar yet different. Familiar insofar as the difficulty of maintaining a same sex relationship, especially when there is a significant age difference. But different in that it deals with a harsh (and somewhat incomprehensible) penal system. Nevertheless, American gay men will be able to relate, and translating 1970s Switzerland/Germany to a similar present-day experience will not be difficult at all. Unfortunately for us, this is a story I'm sure is happening every day all around the world.

It's fascinating to see a younger Jurgen Prochnow. The other lead, the beautiful young man, was and is unknown to me, but his performance is exactly right. All the performances are spot on, in fact.

If there is an amateurish aspect to this film, it's the uneven (sometimes) grainy photography. Perhaps it was shot on 16mm and blown up. The subtitles (on the Netflix version I saw) are white, and impossible to read whenever they fall on a white background. That happens a lot, unfortunately. This is a movie that deserves better.

Definitely worth seeing.


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