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The Crack Connection (1987)

Zabou (original title)
The unscrupulous police commissioner Schimanski shake down patrons of a techno dance club in the drug-drenched Ruhr district.


Hajo Gies


Martin Gies, Axel Götz (contributor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Götz George ... Schimanski
Claudia Messner Claudia Messner ... Conny
Eberhard Feik Eberhard Feik ... Thanner
Wolfram Berger Wolfram Berger ... Hocks
Hannes Jaenicke ... Melting
Dieter Pfaff Dieter Pfaff ... Schäfer
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Sandrowski
Klaus Lage Klaus Lage ... Koch
Annette Kreft Annette Kreft ... Empfangsdame
Gerry Jochum Gerry Jochum ... Geschäftsführer (as Gerd Jochum)
Sünje Zittel Sünje Zittel ... Punkerin
Martin May Martin May ... 17 jähriger Drogenabhängiger
Gabriele Ausböck Gabriele Ausböck ... 1. Peepshow-Mädchen
Claudia Gärtner Claudia Gärtner ... 2. Peepshow-Mädchen
Verena Hauptmann Verena Hauptmann ... Mädchen Telefonzelle


The unscrupulous police commissioner Schimanski shake down patrons of a techno dance club in the drug-drenched Ruhr district.

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Götz George ist Schimanski




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West Germany



Release Date:

5 March 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crack Connection See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1911 Tanner points at Schimanski bears all the markings of a blank firing gun. One can clearly see the "PTB" logo (German National Firing Proof House) and the "Cal. 9mm K" writing on the slide. See more »


Version of Tatort: Zabou (1990) See more »


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Missed opportunity
18 April 2009 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

Schimanski was such a successful character in the long running Tatort series that in the eighties he was granted two outings in the cinema. The adavantage was of course a much larger budget but with both films that didn't really translate into quality. They had the money to have Joe Cocker do the title song but had it written by third rate hacks (except for Klaus Lage) that make Dieter Bohlen sound like Mozart. Essentially, the weakest point of both films is the writing. Zabou doesn't really have much of a story but more an excuse for a string of car chases and fight scenes. Maybe the director should not have asked his brother to write the screenplay. It's preditable and a good writer would have certainly helped to make it more intelligent but as an action film it works fine particularly for German standards. The car chases are really well made but some of the fight scenes look extremely amateurish. All in all the film works surprinsingly well and provides good entertainment for 90 minutes. There are some very well made atmospheric shots of Duisburg and particvularly the location of the last scene is spectacular. However you can't help thinking that in a way it is a missed opportunity due to he sub standard writing which the later Schmanski episodes show. What they lack in action the make up interms of quality of the stories.

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