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End of the Game (1975)

Der Richter und sein Henker (original title)
When a Swiss cop is murdered, a veteran homicide inspector and a rookie are assigned to solve the case but they are obstructed by interfering Swiss politicians.

Director:

Maximilian Schell

Writers:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (screenplay), Maximilian Schell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Walter Tschanz (as John Voight)
Jacqueline Bisset ... Anna Crawley
Martin Ritt ... Hans Bärlach
Robert Shaw ... Richard Gastmann
Helmut Qualtinger ... von Schwendi
Friedrich Dürrenmatt Friedrich Dürrenmatt ... Friedrich
Lil Dagover ... Gastmann's Mother
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Dr. Lutz
Rudolf Hubacher Rudolf Hubacher ... Bodyguard 1
Rudolf Hunsperger Rudolf Hunsperger ... Bodyguard 2
Norbert Schiller ... Dr. Hungertobel
Rita Calderoni Rita Calderoni ... Nadine
Guido Cerniglia Guido Cerniglia ... Coroner
Willy Hügli Willy Hügli ... Clenin
Margarete Schell Noé Margarete Schell Noé ... Frau Schönler
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Storyline

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...


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

End of the Game See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MFG-Film, T.R.A.C. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the late 1950s, John Ford and his The Quiet Man (1952) Producer Michael Killanin considered filming this. John Wayne and Spencer Tracy were the proposed leads. 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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Crazy Credits

Corpse provided by Donald Sutherland See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was released internationally it was cut by 15 minutes. For unknown reasons, only the shorter international version has ever been released on home video. Both versions have a full soundtrack in English. The following sequences are missing in the shorter cut: 01 - After Baerlach visits Mrs. Schoenler there is a brief scene in which we see him feeding bears at a zoo. He then goes to the town hall and sees Gastmann from afar. This prompts a brief flashback of Nadine's corpse floating in the river. Baerlach talks to Lutz and asks him for a new partner. He wants Tschanz. Lutz says Tschanz is on holiday but Baerlach insists. Baerlach lights a cigar and is taken over by a coughing fit, Lutz asks for a glass of water but the secretary brings a flower. Lutz finally agrees to assign Tschanz to him and notes that they will make a great team. Baerlach thanks him and leaves. 02 - During the funeral scene there's an additional shot. After Tschanz notices the name on the wreath is wrong we see a woman's hat falling off and one of the mourners pick it up and throw it onto the coffin. The sound of the woman gasping can still be heard on the soundtrack when the trombonist empties water from his instrument in the short version instead of the correct sound of water pouring out. That shot is followed by another shot missing from the shorter cut in which a uniformed policeman congratulates Lutz on his speech. 03 - The first scene with Anna and Tschanz is a little different. They are first seen lying naked on the floor in silence. She gets up, lights a cigarette, and says "Don't think about it, it was good. I wanted that". She then walks over to the bathroom. In the shorter cut, the line is dubbed over the close-up of Anna and Tschanz and then cuts directly into Anna in the bathroom. 04 - There is another brief moment missing from the shorter cut in this sequence. After Anna says "Call me" Tschanz says "I hate telephones. I'd rather stand in front of your house and wait for you". There is a short discussion and she tells him to go. The scene then proceeds like in the shorter cut with Tschanz asking "Who are they". 05 - Right after the scene in which Baerlach returns home and takes off the arm protector Tschanz is seen in a phone box. He calls Anna but she isn't at home. 06 - After the "Dr. Lutz, the minister is expecting you" line, Tschanz is seen lying in bed looking sick and calling Anna's house again but no one answers. 07 - After Tschanz runs out of the baggage loading area there are two brief shots of Gastmann's henchmen watching him hidden behind crates. 08 - The sequence in which Tschanz and Anna are walking next to the river is longer. In the shorter version the scene ends after Tschanz asks Anna about Baerlach's suspicions but in the longer cut they continue talking. Anna tells Tschanz she wants him to be kind and talk to her. They talk about their families and she tells him he needs to grow up and be kind. Tschanz goes into the playground and starts playing football with the kids. Anna smiles at him. 09 - The entire sequence in which Baerlach leaves and is arguing with Tschanz and is then picked up by Gastmann as well as the entire sequence on the bridge in which they discuss their "game" and in which Gastmann disposes of the dead driver takes place at night. The sequence was originally shot day-for-night but the effect was removed in the shorter version. The scene is exactly the same bar one short insert. When Gastmann's henchman throws the driver's body in the water there is a short flashback of Nadine's corpse floating as seen in the Istanbul intro. 10 - After Gastmannshouts at Baerlach ("You fool") we see Tschanz lying in bed thinking. Then we see Anna emerging from the shower and getting dressed. Then we see Tschanz entering her house. Anna walks into her living room and sees him. He tells her he loves her and forces himself on her. She struggles but eventually says "Alright, if you want me you can have me. But you can't HAVE me. Understand?". She then tells him Robert has more power over her than ever before. They talk briefly and Tschanz concludes she never loved anyone. She is then seen leaving by car. See more »

Connections

Version of Der Richter und sein Henker (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Death and the Maiden
Written by Franz Schubert
[played by brass band at Schmied's funeral]
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One hole in the head, two bullets...
24 July 1999 | by Tails-5See all my reviews

Two bullets. Twoooo bullets. Interesting? Two bullets. That just about describes the wonderful dialogue in the movie. This movie has something in common with "The Sicilian Clan" in the sense that both try to be tense thrillers, but inadvertently end up being awkward comedies. The movie's potential was severely hampered by Martin Ritt, who possesses the worst table manners in the world. He never hesitates to show the world what his food looks like after it's chewed up. Other than that, all the clumsy direction never fails to pull a chuckle or two out of you when it tries to be intelligent (e.g. when the car comes crashing off the highway. It twirls over in slow motion, then lands on the cab and makes a hilarious, synthetic crash sound.) All in all, for me the movie ranks lower than "The Sicilian Clan".


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