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Todesspiel (1997)

A thrilling documentary with fictional elements based on the true story of the abduction of the president of the employer's association, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, by terrorists in the autumn ... See full summary »

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Heinrich Breloer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Brenner Hans Brenner ... Hanns-Martin Schleyer
Susanne Schäfer Susanne Schäfer ... Stewardess Gaby Dillmann
Birol Ünel ... Zohair Y. Akache aka 'Captain Mahmoud'
Ulrich Bähnk Ulrich Bähnk ... Co-Pilot Jürgen Vietor
Claudia Michelsen ... Sieglinde Hofmann
Dirk Martens ... Entführer
Nezâ Selbuz ... Souhaila Andrawes
Gerd Preusche Gerd Preusche ... Minister Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski
Manfred Zapatka ... Helmut Schmidt
Sebastian Koch ... Andreas Baader
Ulrich Matthes ... Jan-Carl Raspe
Hans-Jörg Assmann ... Alfred Klaus
Matthias Freihof Matthias Freihof ... Chefpilot Schumann
Stefan Gebelhoff Stefan Gebelhoff ... Willi-Peter Stoll
Anya Hoffmann Anya Hoffmann ... Gudrun Ensslin
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A thrilling documentary with fictional elements based on the true story of the abduction of the president of the employer's association, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, by terrorists in the autumn of 1977. Written by The Moose <se6y047@public.uni-hamburg.de>

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Language:

German

Release Date:

15 June 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Pool See more »

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Budget:

DEM 7,000,000 (estimated)
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Hans Brenner's son Moritz Bleibtreu played Andreas Baader in The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008). See more »

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Well done, but not perfect!
15 July 2000 | by krazykool_katSee all my reviews

Since I am really interested in history, I was looking forward to see this documentary. There are many really cool features in it, like mixing the interviews, news features from back then and the "action scenes" but unfortunately there are some missing points! For example, after having seen this documentary one might consider the RAF activists to be complete psychos - what's the worth of a documentary when it can't explain their motivations and goals? It just says, well, they were completely ill in the head and that's it. Not much of a "science way" to explain things... Furthermore, "Todesspiel" shows the suicide of the imprisoned RAF activists right after the "Landshut" gets evicted by special force GSG-9. This is a REAL faux-pas! It was NEVER proven, that those activists committed suicide. On the other hand, there are some "hints" that they might have been executed by police men in their cells. I don't claim to say that THIS is the truth, but at least it was never proven WHO killed those prisoners - whether they were killed by cops or by themselves. All in all it is not THAT bad as it might sound right now, but I think a documentary needs to be authentic, and well, in some ways this documentary just isn't.


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