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Das Millionenspiel (1970)

A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »


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Wolfgang Menge (screenplay), Robert Sheckley (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jörg Pleva Jörg Pleva ... Bernhard Lotz
Suzanne Roquette Suzanne Roquette ... Claudia von Hohenheim (as Susanne Roquette)
Dieter Thomas Heck ... Thilo Uhlenhorst
Theo Fink Theo Fink ... Hänsel, Mitglied der 'Köhlerbande'
Dieter Hallervorden ... Köhler, Chef der 'Köhlerbande'
Josef Fröhlich Josef Fröhlich ... Witte, Mitglied der 'Köhlerbande'
Annemarie Schradiek Annemarie Schradiek ... Mutter Lotz
Elisabeth Wiedemann Elisabeth Wiedemann ... Frau Steinfurth
Andrea Grosske Andrea Grosske ... Frau Grote
Friedrich Schütter Friedrich Schütter ... Moulian, Chef von TETV
Peter Schulze-Rohr Peter Schulze-Rohr ... Ziegler
Joachim Richert Joachim Richert ... Hotelkellner
Arnim Basche Arnim Basche ... Erster Außenreporter TETV
Heribert Faßbender Heribert Faßbender ... Zweiter Außenreporter TETV (as Heribert Fassbender)
Ralf Gregan Ralf Gregan ... Sanitäter


A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of the show is watching the transmissions of twenty camera teams filming the hunt. The showmaster appeals to the TV-viewers to help either the candidate or the hunters, whomever they want. Written by Mirko Thiessen <mirko.thiessen@arcor.de>

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Release Date:

18 October 1970 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Le jeu des millions See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After the second broadcast in the 1970s, public broadcaster WDR, which produced the film, was sued by producer Joseph Cates who owned the film rights. The problem was that WDR purchased the rights to make the film from German publishing company Goldmann, who released the book the film was based on. However, Goldmann did not own the film rights, so the licence WDR bought was void. This was confirmed by the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt in 1977. Since then the film was not shown publicly anywhere. Only in 2002 WDR was finally able to acquire the proper rights from Studio Canal, which in the meantime had become the rights owner. See more »


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Reality-TV satire before the age of reality-TV
25 November 2007 | by aceopSee all my reviews

"Das Millionenspiel" ("Million-Game") is a fictional reality-TV show of a fictional private TV-station named "TE-TV".

In the show, Contestant Bernard Lotz is hunted through (western-) Germany for a week by a group of hired killers and has, he and the killers being constantly monitored by 24 camera teams, to reach a series of checkpoints in order to win 1 million German mark (an enormous amount of money - consider the inflation).

In an - for Europe and Germany, where privately owned television stations were not very usual until the 1980's - almost prophetic manner the film draws a picture of a future full of private TV stations and reality-TV-shows competing for market-share.

The film is starring a series of famous German TV moderators and actors and features some bizarre fake-advertisements.

Worth watching.

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