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The Golden Glove (2019)

Der goldene Handschuh (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 21 February 2019 (Germany)
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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)
2,599 ( 474)
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Credited cast:
Jonas Dassler ... Fritz Honka
Margarete Tiesel ... Gerda Voss
Adam Bousdoukos ... Lefteris
Katja Studt ... Helga Denningsen
Marc Hosemann ... Siggi Honka
Martina Eitner-Acheampong ... Frida
Greta Sophie Schmidt Greta Sophie Schmidt ... Petra Schulz
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Dornkaat-Max
Victoria Trauttmansdorff Victoria Trauttmansdorff ... Gisela
Philipp Baltus ... Zuhälter
Heinz Strunk Heinz Strunk ... Kriegsveteran
Laurens Walter ... Polizist
Tristan Göbel Tristan Göbel ... Willi
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:

21 February 2019 (Germany) 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 »


Herbert Nürnberg: Nicknames here are like titIes. We have first- and second-cIass ones.
Passant: And what's a first-class nickname?
Herbert Nürnberg: Double names. SS Norbert, Tampon Günther, Bulgarian Harry. Rum-and-Coke Waltraut, Schnapps Uschi. Ernie the Nose, Ginny Max.
Passant: How do you get a name like that?
Herbert Nürnberg: He drinks gin morning, noon and night.
Passant: And his name's Max?
Herbert Nürnberg: No. Peter. Max since he brags to the max when he's drunk. That's Arne. We call him "Anus" and everybody Iaughs.
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A sordid description of a serial killer as miserable as loathsome
2 July 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

The action of this excellent film revolves in the 70s around « Zum Goldene Handschuh », a shabby bar with an ultra-rough reputation in the suburbs of Hamburg, frequented by prostitutes as old as ugly, drinking Schnapps as I drink water during a heat wave, ... and Fritz Honka, a particularly barbaric serial killer and excellently interpreted by Jonas Dassler. The atmosphere is sordid at will, the characters are pathetic and the plot twists are barbaric. Sensitive souls should abstain!

I do not really understand the manifold comparisons with the film The House That Jack Built (2018). Although the film is about a serial killer, in my humble opinion, the analogy stops right there. Indeed, although this film takes place in Germany in the 70s, I often had the impression to read a bleak and dark book of French literature of the 19th century, such as La maison Tellier (Guy de Maupassant, 1881), Nana (Émile Zola, 1880) or Les Misérables (Victor Hugo, 1862). Moreover, apart from this literary comparison, I also recognized a few scenes from the well-known Belgian movie C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992), especially the early-morning scene during which we discover higgledy-piggledy corpses in a kitchen, after a naughty sexual orgy.

As a synthesis: desperately dark and disturbingly violent.

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