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Messer im Kopf (1978)

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 »

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Reinhard Hauff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Ganz ... Hoffmann
Angela Winkler ... Ann
Hans Christian Blech ... Anleitner
Heinz Hoenig ... Volker
Hans Brenner Hans Brenner ... Scholz
Udo Samel ... Schurig
Eike Gallwitz Eike Gallwitz ... Dr. Groeske
Carla Egerer Carla Egerer ... Schwester Angelika
Gabriele Dossi Gabriele Dossi ... Schwester Emilie
Hans Fuchs Hans Fuchs ... Chefarzt
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ... Institutsdirektor
Erich Kleiber Erich Kleiber ... Pförtner
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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuchillo en la cabeza See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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[first lines]
[English subtitles: voiceover as Hoffmann looks out his office window]
Hoffmann: An American in my case would start shooting out the window.
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Great actor Bruno Ganz in at once serious and humorous movie.
12 December 1999 | by jorgen.dssSee all my reviews

This movie is both serious and humorous and it's worth seeing alone for the superb acting of Bruno Ganz. He's just so watchable and has an amazing way to deliver his lines. It also has one of the most scary and brilliant endings I know. It makes the movie continue in your head after the credits roll.


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