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Der Totmacher (1995)

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 »

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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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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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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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whatever it may be, a movie it is not
15 December 2000 | by Dylan-3See all my reviews

this film can be enjoyed, but it's nothing too special. much-praised acting is no better nor worse than one would expect from professional performers. as for direction, maybe i missed it... there didn't seem to be any at all. this is by no means a film to be watched in the cinema. on tv, on a snowy winter evening, okay. better still, watch it performed onstage in a small, intimate theatre, where it belongs... the dearth of good german movies is highlighted by the fact that this very unexceptional effort garnered so much attention and praise in that country, which produces so much, but so little of note. keen to see "manila," though what i've heard thus far is anything but encouraging...


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