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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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Anna Crawley
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Hans Bärlach
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Richard Gastmann
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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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In the conversation between the detective and his suspect, the suspect refers to a pistol as a revolver. It is actually a semi-automatic. See more »

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Corpse provided by Donald Sutherland See more »

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The book is even better, but untranslated.
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I saw the movie a long time ago, in a class in (German) highschool. I remember being mesmerized by the book for which I can not find a translation in English. It's one of the greatest whodunits of all movie history. Baerlach the old Police Kommissaire has one more year to live due to illness just when a policeman is found dead on a country road near his native Swiss town. Baerlach lets his over-eager deputy Tschanz handle the investigation, knowing full well it will lead Tschanz to an old nemesis of Baerlach's, a criminal that he could never get his hands on. The investigations seem to be unsuccessful, but Baerlach knows something that Tschanz doesn't, and has a plan.


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