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The Deathmaker (1995)

Der Totmacher (original title)
Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this ... See full summary »

Director:

Romuald Karmakar
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7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Götz George ... Fritz Haarmann
Jürgen Hentsch Jürgen Hentsch ... Prof. Dr. Ernst Schultze
Pierre Franckh ... Stenograph
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Kommissar Rätz
Matthias Fuchs ... Dr. Machnik
Marek Harloff Marek Harloff ... Fürsorgezögling Kress
Christian Honhold Christian Honhold ... Wärter Schweimler
Rainer Feisthorn Rainer Feisthorn ... Arzt
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Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this interrogation Haarmann reveals his motives and his killing methods. Written by Robert Zeithammel

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

The film was intirely based on the original interrogation protocols of the serial killer Fritz Haarmann. Of the 400 pages, 80 were used as script. See more »

Quotes

Fritz Haarmann: The boys always asked me, "Fritz, what to you put in there?"
[opens the window, walks up close to the doctor]
Fritz Haarmann: And then I always said, "I'm feeding your FISHES!", that's the way I said it.
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Connections

Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich hatte einen Kameraden
Franz Baumann and Orchestra
Lyrics by Ludwig Uhland
Music by Friedrich Silcher
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For subtitle lovers
7 March 2008 | by edchin2006See all my reviews

Would a different translation have made it chillier or scarier? Are the subtitles too compact to convey the nuances of the original language? Does it even matter? You may have heard that great actors can make reading a phone book exciting. Well, this is an opportunity to judge for yourself.

If this isn't about homosexuality, murder, dismemberment, psychopaths, insanity, deviant psychology, then it is about acting - acting helped along with lots of dialog, So, enjoy the acting or muse about how titillating the dialog actually is.

For English speakers, "Twelve Angry Men" might be a better choice. There's a bit more interaction, and you can judge if the acting is consistent with the dialog. You don't have to wonder if you're missing something.

I would recommend Andy Warhol's "Empire" to those who like this film.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathmaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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