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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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One long conversation, that's all...?!
8 January 2002 | by 6325See all my reviews

Basically that film is just about one long dialogue between the killer and his psychiatrist in a german prison (or psychiatric clinic?) in the 1920s or 1930s that spans over some days before the killer's death penalty. The other actors barely speak a word in this movie. That sounds rather dull but the compelling performance of the two main actors made me sit through the whole film. On the other hand, if you don't like dialogue movies the avoid. There's no action at all, only language and expressions... I'd give it a 7 out of 10..


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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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