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Lethal Obsession (1987)

Der Joker (original title)
Several known criminals already have been murdered by a professional killer, leaving no trace but the "ace" game card. The police suspects a new mob is trying to take over the district. The... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Patzak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Maffay Peter Maffay ... Jan Bogdan
Tahnee Welch ... Daniela Santini
Bernard Freyd Bernard Freyd ... Mario Santini
Massimo Ghini ... Toni Blach
Karl Merkatz Karl Merkatz ... Josef Blach
Elke Krings Elke Krings ... Theresa Blach
Elliott Gould ... Serge Gart
Joachim Dietmar Mues Joachim Dietmar Mues ... Salz (as Joachim D. Mues)
Marquard Bohm ... Pfeffer
András Gönczöl András Gönczöl ... Koura
Werner Pochath ... Resch
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Cilly (as Monika Bleibtreu)
Uwe Hacker Uwe Hacker ... Riese
Klaus Bueb Klaus Bueb ... Paul
Klaus Stiglmeier Klaus Stiglmeier ... 1. Zuhälter
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Storyline

Several known criminals already have been murdered by a professional killer, leaving no trace but the "ace" game card. The police suspects a new mob is trying to take over the district. The investigating police officer Jan is victimized by a bomb himself, when he's at his girlfriend Daniela's father's Italian restaurant. Although paralyzed and suspended from work, the tuff cop continues to investigate and takes revenge on the gangsters who did this to him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Thriller | Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | Italian

Release Date:

15 October 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal Obsession See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Burning Bridges
Performed by Tony Carey
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See a man, smaller than his gun...!
23 May 2007 | by FakeShemp-1See all my reviews

I love this film. Peter Maffay really can't act and he gives his lines in a way (German version) that I was laughing all through the movie. The whole concept is so pathetic and the cheesy score (okay, occasionally it's not that bad) drowns this flick merciless in sentimentality. "Joker" wants to be hard and tough and sometimes it does not look bad at all but it's more the ruin of an interesting concept, spoiled by the leading role and the typical 80ies cheese. Patzak can be a good director and I'm sure if he would have done "Joker" 10 years earlier, with Maurizio Merli for example... (haha), maybe this movie could have been pretty good, who knows. But I don't say that this version actually is bad. It's not bad if you are looking for some good fun. So I give it 4 out of 10 for the movie it wants to be and an unofficial 8 out of 10 for the unintentional comedy it is.


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