Todesspiel (TV Movie 1997) - Plot Summary Poster

(1997 TV Movie)


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  • 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.

  • Autumn 1977 in Germany.. In the first part of the movie ("Volksgefängnis") the businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer is kidnapped by terrorists from the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion - Red Army Fraction). They demand the release of their former leaders Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe, who are arrested in the prison of Stammheim. When the German government delays this release, Arabic terrorists (friends of the RAF) hijack a plane with German tourists aboard (second part: "Entführt die Landshut"). Showdown takes place on Mogadishu airport... The plot follows the real-life events mixed with documentary sequences. See also Deutschland im Herbst (1978) and _Stammheim (1986)_.


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