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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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[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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A regrettably overlooked masterpiece
12 April 2001 | by agnestSee all my reviews

Bruno Ganz is astonishing as a man recovering from traumatic brain injury. His performance is more realistic than most cinematic depictions of brain injury (aside from the idea that brain surgery could have been performed without shaving his head!), which is in itself remarkable; the many ways in which there is a knife in his head, literally and figuratively and symbolically, add layers to an already brilliant performance.

Angela Winkler also shines in her complex and troubled relationship to the injured man.

It's been years since I saw this film, and yet it stays with me. I really want to see it again. I have to say I think it's a real shame that it was not more widely seen initially, and that it never seems to make it back to the revival houses...


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