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The Golden Glove (2019)

Der goldene Handschuh (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 27 September 2019 (USA)
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A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.


Fatih Akin


Fatih Akin (screenplay), Heinz Strunk (novel)
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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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
Greta Sophie Schmidt Greta Sophie Schmidt ... Petra Schulz
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Willi
Victoria Trauttmansdorff Victoria Trauttmansdorff ... Gisela
Heinz Strunk Heinz Strunk ... Kriegsveteran
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Dornkaat-Max
Philipp Baltus ... Zuhälter
Laurens Walter ... Polizist
Tom Hoßbach Tom Hoßbach ... Fritz Honka (jung)
Jessica Kosmalla Jessica Kosmalla ... Ruth


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

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Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,300, 29 September 2019

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based upon the novel of the same title, written by the author Heinz Strunk and published in 2016. See more »


Siggi Honka: Life's a barrel organ, and the Lord God turns the crank. We're aIl but dancers to His tune, and have our fate to thank.
Fritz Honka: Can't say anything against that.
Siggi Honka: Yeah, or this one:Life's a card game. If you want to pIay, you have to take the hand you're dealt.
Fritz Honka: Yeah, my brother knows aIl the best sayings.
Siggi Honka: Right. Like this one: Flowers are like people: the fatter, the dumber.
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Junge, komm bald wieder
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Probably my favorite 2019 movie. And one of the best serial killer film ever made.
26 July 2019 | by lxdfSee all my reviews

Just came back from the local cinema after seeing the German movie called The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh), probably my favorite 2019 movie so far, and felt like coming here to recommend it to all of you who likes violent and/or serial killer movies.

A couple hours after an amazing cinematic experience, I can say that the The Golden Glove is also one of my favorite serial killer movies ever. Being Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer my favorite number one.

The Golden Glove tells the real story of the serial killer Fritz Honka that used to live in Hamburg (Germany) during the 70s and killed four women that he met at a local pub called Der Goldene Handschuh (or The Golden Glove). Funny thing is that this place still exists.

Directed by Fatih Akin, The Golden Glove is now one more movie on my terror/thriller watchlist that made me feel dirty while I was watching it, in the same way as Jim Van Bebber's Roadkill and Vidal Raski's The Sinful Dwarf.

Both the characters and the locations where the plot is developed look nasty, unclean and filth. The same can be said about most characters's clothes and looks. I don't remember of seeing such hardcore alcoholism in a recent film. I guess the drug addicts from Lucifer Valentine's Black Metal Veins can't top the alcoholics of this film. Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend came to my mind during the binge drinking scenes.

The kills are very well shot, performed, violent and disturbing. But curiously, Fritz Honka's face and voice look and sound uglier than any of the tumultuoes moments depicted on the film.

Actor Jonas Dassler plays Honka with heavy makeup and does a great job. Actually, all the cast have difficult scenes and characters to play and they all end up looking like real ordinary drunk and vicious people being savages and hotheaded. Kudos to everyone, from the cast to the casting director, and also to the director Fatih Akin who all made an excellent job.

The script is flawless and Fatih Akin did a master work of telling a very gruesome story that got an 18 rating in Germany, according to Wikipedia. Same as in Brazil.

If any of you have the chance of seeing it, just go see it. It is that great.

During the credits, they show(ed) pictures of Fritz Honka's attic, some of his weapons, bodies that he hid, and personal belongings of his victims.

Very well produced, but not for the mainstream public/audience. Those are/were my best 115 minutes spent in 2019, so far.

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