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Degree of Murder (1967)

Mord und Totschlag (original title)
R | | Drama, Crime | June 1969 (USA)
After accidentally shooting dead her ex-lover during a fight, Marie enlists the help of a stranger, Gunther, and his friend, Fritz, to dispose of the body while becoming intimate with both men.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anita Pallenberg ... Marie
Hans Peter Hallwachs Hans Peter Hallwachs ... Günther
Manfred Fischbeck Manfred Fischbeck ... Fritz
Werner Enke ... Hans
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Storyline

After accidentally shooting dead her ex-lover during a fight, Marie enlists the help of a stranger, Gunther, and his friend, Fritz, to dispose of the body while becoming intimate with both men.

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Men Couldn't Own Her!...But They Know She Would Do Anything to Protect Her Secret!

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Degree of Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Rob Houwer Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The original title "Mord und Totschlag" translates from German to English as "Murder and Homicide". See more »

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Featured in Fuck the Message (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Finding a Partner
Written by Brian Jones
Performed by Brian Jones and Jimmy Page
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Poorly Made Crime Drama Goes Nowhere
30 January 2020 | by jfrentzen-942-204211See all my reviews

This low-grade German movie does not focus on the investigation of a murder but the efforts of the perpetrator to cover up her crime. The story opens as 22-year-old Marie, played by a vacant Anita Pallenberg, is awakened by Hans, her ex-boyfriend who has come to collect her belongings. An argument ensues and she winds up killing him. Unmoved by the moral aspect of what she's done, she concerns herself with the business of disposing of the body, immediately involving another young man who in turn becomes her lover. This banal melodrama is slow, poorly acted and often illogical, and is sporadically interrupted by mechanical lovemaking scenes. Equally illogical: this film won three German Film Awards and was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, where it did not win but elevated director Volker Schlöndorff as the new find of German cinema, which he obliged in his later movies, such as THE TIN DRUM. DEGREE OF MURDER is remembered only for its mediocre soundtrack, which was created by The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones.


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