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Knife in the Head (1978)

Messer im Kopf (original title)
One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the ... See full summary »

Director:

Reinhard Hauff

Writer:

Peter Schneider (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Ganz ... Dr. Berthold Hoffmann
Angela Winkler ... Ann Hoffmann
Hans Christian Blech ... Anleitner
Heinz Hoenig ... Volker (as Heinz Hönig)
Hans Brenner ... Scholz
Udo Samel ... Ernst Schurig
Eike Gallwitz Eike Gallwitz ... Dr. Gröske
Carla Egerer ... Schwester Angelika
Gabriele Dossi Gabriele Dossi ... Schwester Emilie
Hans Fuchs Hans Fuchs ... Chefarzt
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ... Institutsdirektor Ahrens (as Gerd Burkhard)
Erich Kleiber Erich Kleiber ... Pförtner Arnold
Karl-Heinz Merz Karl-Heinz Merz ... Patient (as Karl Heinz Merz)
Ursel Lessoing Ursel Lessoing ... Frau Schurig
Heinz Hürländer Heinz Hürländer ... Kommissar (as Heinz Hurlander)
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Storyline

One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the building and ends up being shot in the head. He awakens with brain trauma, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The police accuse him of stabbing an officer; the radicals herald him as an innocent victim of police brutality. During his slow recovery at the hospital, Hoffmann must piece together his life and struggle to remember the events of that night. Written by sienel

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Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | Italian

Release Date:

27 October 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuchillo en la cabeza See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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[first lines]
[V.O., Hoffmann looks out his office window]
Hoffmann: An American in my situation would start to shoot out of the window...
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One of my favourite films of the last quarter-century.
19 December 2003 | by oyenSee all my reviews

I found this to be a very powerful film when I first saw it almost 25 years ago. My opinion of it remains the same to-day as it was then. I regret that more people have not had the opportunity to see this remarkable film.


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