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Der Hammermörder (1990)

This TV-Movie is based on real events that took place in southern Germany in the mid 80's. A policeman tries to build a house for his family while he experiences financial troubles; everything goes tragically wrong from then on.

Director:

Bernd Schadewald
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Redl ... Erich Rohloff
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener ... Christa Rohloff
Silvan Oesterle Silvan Oesterle ... Steffen Rohloff
Timmy Vetter Timmy Vetter ... Andy Rohloff
Christoph Hofrichter ... Kostmann
Peter Rühring Peter Rühring ... Allgöver
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Venediger
Walter Kreye ... Kurt
Verena Plangger Verena Plangger ... Monika
Ulrich Pleitgen Ulrich Pleitgen ... Soko-Beamter
Oliver Stritzel ... Kreditsachbearbeiter
Julian Breinersdorfer Julian Breinersdorfer
Stefan Harant Stefan Harant
Peter Jochen Kemmer Peter Jochen Kemmer
Thessy Kuhls Thessy Kuhls
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This TV-Movie is based on real events that took place in southern Germany in the mid 80's. A policeman tries to build a house for his family while he experiences financial troubles; everything goes tragically wrong from then on.

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police | based on true story | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 September 1990 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Vasaramurhat See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Kein Schöner Land In Dieser Zeit
19 September 2010 | by semiotechlab-658-95444See all my reviews

Based on a true story that happened around 1985 in Stuttgart, Germany, the present movie is characterized by dissolving the psychological state of the robber and killer into action. Although hardly any "hard-core" murder scenes are shown, the psychological effects that the director achieves, are subcutaneous. Besides the story itself, this TV-movie can serve as an example about the present method in Germany of making TV-movies between the extremes of over-stylized feature films on the one side and purely action-driven TV-series ("Tatort") on the other side.

However, the deepest motives of the culprit remain mostly in the dark. We see him often visiting the grave of his little daughter that had "so much to suffer". But why did she suffer? Is it really convincing that we are to believe that Rohloff's shopping binges, his attempts to show even his family and closest friends a false facade, are simply to be interpreted as a surrogate action? Did a deeper reason not already lie in Rohloff's personality when he decided to become a policeman? It is true that his wife has a big impact on the crimes Ruhloff is doing, but he also abuses her for the might he gets in his house whenever he brings money from his robberies. Thus, is he not from his beginnings a heavily disturbed person incapable of dealing with might? His caring of his children appears more as a chumming up in order to have children on his side when the next attack from his wife comes.


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