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Todesspiel (1997)

A thrilling documentary with fictional elements based on the true story of the abduction of the president of the employer's association, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, by terrorists in the autumn ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Brenner ...
Hanns-Martin Schleyer
Susanne Schäfer ...
Stewardess Gaby Dillmann
Zohair Y. Akache aka 'Captain Mahmoud'
Ulrich Bähnk ...
Co-Pilot Jürgen Vietor
Sieglinde Hofmann
Souhaila Andrawes
Gerd Preusche ...
Minister Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski
Helmut Schmidt
Andreas Baader
Jan-Carl Raspe
Alfred Klaus
Matthias Freihof ...
Chefpilot Schumann
Stefan Gebelhoff ...
Willi-Peter Stoll
Anya Hoffmann ...
Gudrun Ensslin


A thrilling documentary with fictional elements based on the true story of the abduction of the president of the employer's association, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, by terrorists in the autumn of 1977. Written by The Moose <se6y047@public.uni-hamburg.de>

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15 June 1997 (Germany)  »

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Dead Pool  »


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One of the best drama-documentaries ever made.
28 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

We all know that the Germans make great cars, beer, etc.etc. But I think that they are the best TV-makers of the World. Their documentary programs and TV-films are of top quality, and they hardly ever leave you with the impression, that you could have done something else other than spend a couple of hours watching television. This particulary drama-documentary flips between the fiction and interviews with the people that were involved in the kidnapping of the president of the German employers union, Hanns-Martin Schleyer, September-October of 1977. At that time Europe, but particulary Germany, was struck with political terrorism, with kidnappings and assassinations. Until Schleyer's kidnapping the German Government had agreed to kidnappers' demands. When Schleyer was kidnapped the German Government decided that they would no longer tolerate that, and stood firm. Later the German airplane "Der Landshut" was hijacked by a palestine terrorist "Captain Machmoud", over Marseilles. The intention was to put more pressure on Bundeskansler Helmuth Schmidt, to release the imprisoned members of the terrorist gang "Rote Armee Fraction" (RAF). But eventually the plane was raided in the airport of Mogadisiho in Somalia. When the imprisoned RAF-members learned that, they commited suicide in the Stanheimprison near Stuttgart and Hanns Martin Schleyer was brutally liquidated by his kidnappers. In particular, the interviews with ex-Bundeskansler Helmuth Schmidt are extremely good.

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