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Alpha City (1985)

The beautiful Raphaela is the dream girl of Alpha City, a decadent metropolis. The rather naive Frank falls in love with this very woman, who shows no interest in him. A mysterious American... See full summary »


Eckhart Schmidt


Eckhart Schmidt


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Credited cast:
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ... Frank
Isabelle Willer Isabelle Willer ... Raphaela (as Isabelle Gutzwiller)
Al Corley ... The American
Jürgen Draeger ... Club owner
Peter von Strombeck Peter von Strombeck
Sibylle Rauch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan van Husen ... Schlaeger


The beautiful Raphaela is the dream girl of Alpha City, a decadent metropolis. The rather naive Frank falls in love with this very woman, who shows no interest in him. A mysterious American (Al Corley) comes to Raphaela to keep her admirer off. But love is a strange game - and sometimes a dangerous one.

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi




West Germany



Release Date:

22 August 1985 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Alphacity - Abgerechnet wird nachts See more »

Filming Locations:

West Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Though a 100 percent German production, the film was shot without sound with the actors either speaking English or mouthing the English dialogs which were then dubbed both in English and German in post production. Both the English and the German version feature some actors' voices (For instance, Al Corley provided his own dubbing in the English version but was dubbed by another actor in the German version. Likewise, Claude-Oliver Rudolph and Jürgen Draeger own voices can only be heard in the German version) which were dubbed by another actor in the opposite version. Therefore, both dubbing could be considered as the "original" language version. See more »


Performed by Yello
From the album "Stella" (1985)
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In the city after midnight
1 May 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

With "Der Fan" (1982) director Eckhart Schmidt had created an interesting type of cold thriller with 80s German New Wave pop music. "Alpha City" is probably the best among the bunch of his movies which followed "Der Fan". Shot in Berlin entirely at night, "Alpha City" tells the story of young Raphaela (Isabelle Gutzwiller) who is stalked by Frank (Claude-Oliver Rudolph) and falls in love with an American killer (Al Corley). Carried by a frantic, seemingly uncontrollable Rudolph and a beautiful Isabelle Gutzwiller who reminds me a bit of Mathilda May here (including the gratuitous nudity), the main attraction of "Alpha City" is nonetheless the vision of a city that does not exist during daytime, much more a fantasy film than a whodunit. So, if you are the kind of person that listens to David Bowie after midnight or thinks walking in neon-light beats candlelight dinners anytime, this is for you.

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