A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.


Fatih Akin


Fatih Akin (screenplay), Heinz Strunk (novel)
4,210 ( 278)
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Credited cast:
Jonas Dassler ... Fritz Honka
Margarete Tiesel ... Gerda Voss
Katja Studt ... Helga Denningsen
Adam Bousdoukos ... Lefteris
Martina Eitner-Acheampong ... Frida
Marc Hosemann ... Siggi Honka
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Willi
Laurens Walter ... Polizist
Greta Sophie Schmidt Greta Sophie Schmidt ... Petra Schulz
Hark Bohm ... Dornkaat-Max
Victoria Trauttmansdorff Victoria Trauttmansdorff ... Gisela
Philipp Baltus ... Zuhälter
Heinz Strunk Heinz Strunk ... Kriegsveteran
Jessica Kosmalla Jessica Kosmalla ... Ruth
Tilla Kratochwil Tilla Kratochwil ... Inge (as Tilla Krachtovil)


A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

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There was a scene shot of Fritz Honka's childhood when he was raped. But in the editing, Fatih Akin found them disturbing because it was a stupid explanation. Saying that "just because you are raped as a kid it doesn't give you the permission to be a serial killer. Lots of people have been raped as kids and not turned into serial killers and it would be a slap in the face to them". See more »


Siggi Honka: There are preciseIy three reasons why people drink: First, to forget about the bad things. Second, to celebrate the good things. And third, when nothing's going on, to make things happen.
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Einmal Um Die Ganze Welt (Hej, hej, baby)
Music by Karel Svoboda (as Karel Richard Svoboda), lyrics by Jirí Staidl and Fred Weyrich
Performed by Karel Gott
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Not for everybody, but certainly well made.
29 October 2019 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Well I never heard of Fatih Akin before but if all his movies are like this one then I will for sure watch others from him. Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove) is harsh and brutal but most important a perfect reenactment of the vile things the German serial Killer Fritz Honka commited. Also a great job from Jonas Dassler with his character of Honka. And big credits to the make-up artists that transformed all the characters into what they looked like. The whole cast acted well and gave this movie the perfect depressing state they're in. The scenes look like they are shot in the filthiest places of Sankt Pauli in Hamburg. Some scenes, well almost all of them, are really brutal, and that's how it should be when you make a movie about a serial killer. Honka was a deranged bully and sadist. To me The Golden Glove is one of the better movies about an existing serial killer. Not for everybody, but certainly well made.

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Release Date:

21 February 2019 (Germany) See more »

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The Golden Glove See more »

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Hamburg, Germany See more »


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$2,300, 29 September 2019

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1.85 : 1
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