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End of the Game (1975)

Der Richter und sein Henker (original title)
While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and ... See full summary »

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Walter Tschanz (as John Voight)
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von Schwendi
Friedrich Dürrenmatt ...
Friedrich
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Gastmann's Mother
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Dr. Lutz
Rudolf Hubacher ...
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Rudolf Hunsperger ...
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Norbert Schiller ...
Dr. Hungertobel
Rita Calderoni ...
Nadine
Guido Cerniglia ...
Coroner
Willy Hügli ...
Clenin
Margarete Schell Noé ...
Frau Schönler
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While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and interference from political interests. This is an existential whodunit, but a good one, and like any good whodunit, ends with a very surprising conclusion, which will be spoiled for you if you read much of anything at all about the movie. Written by LD

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"I could murder her in front of your eyes and you couldn't prove it," said the master criminal to the master detective. And so the game began...


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5 May 1978 (West Germany)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Robert Shaw claimed that he never received his $50,000 salary. See more »

Quotes

Richard Gastmann: Another year, your doctor says. That is, if he can operate on Thursday.
Hans Bärlach: Another year.
Richard Gastmann: Your last year, Hans. Why waste it on me?
Hans Bärlach: One day I'm going to convict you for your crimes.
Richard Gastmann: You can't let go of it, can you? You let it chew up your guts until it has chewed up your guts.
Hans Bärlach: The Barlach's always had poor stomachs.
Richard Gastmann: Keep on churning, Old Man; keep on churning. Still hung up on right and wrong. One day you're going to realise, there is none.
Hans Bärlach: Have you ever seen your victims? I could show you pictures...
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Great Setup, Bad "Ending"
25 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Well as others have commented there is some great acting here. My favorite is Robert Shaw as the villain, but Martin Ritt as the inspector is also quite good.

The problem is that the plot mostly makes absolutely no sense (I can't believe they didn't somehow change what was in the book), and the denouement is more or less unfathomable. It's almost like they had a great setup and didn't know how to explain things or end them.

As others mentioned, the film is enveloped in fog and is quite grainy. Switzerland was never that foggy when I was there! And the music didn't really match the action on the film.

All in all, from what I can tell, skip this and try the book.


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