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Bloody Friday (1972)

Blutiger Freitag (original title)
When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

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Rolf Olsen, Lee Payant
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raimund Harmstorf ... Heinz Klett
Amadeus August ... Christian Hofbauer
Gianni Macchia Gianni Macchia ... Luigi Belloni
Christine Böhm Christine Böhm ... Heidi Hofbauer
Ernst H. Hilbich Ernst H. Hilbich ... Ernst Pylobar
Gila von Weitershausen ... Marion Lotzmann
Daniela Giordano ... Dagmar Neuss
Walter Buschhoff ... Walter Lotzmann
Renate Roland Renate Roland ... Helga Radtke
Horst Naumann Horst Naumann ... Dr. Mayer-Lippe
Totò Mignone Totò Mignone ... Franz Muhl (as Ottone Mignone)
E.O. Fuhrmann E.O. Fuhrmann ... Oberstaatsanwalt
Ursula Erber Ursula Erber ... Irmgard Zukunft
Werner Heyking Werner Heyking ... Dr. Eminger
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When terrorists rob a bank all hell is let loose.

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When terrorists rob a Bank... all hell is let loose! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 February 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Friday See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 2015, Subkultur Entertainment started a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to restore the film which was successful. During the restoration it was discovered that the soundtrack was longer than the film itself. This resulted in raiding the vaults at the production company Lisa Film. There, a film reel was discovered which contained scenes cut to obtain a rating from the FSK. In the end, the original director's cut was restored in 4K resolution. See more »

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German theatrical version was cut to secure a "Not under 18" rating. Only in 2017 the uncut version was released on DVD/Blu-ray. See more »

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Red dog and friends
24 February 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Womansing thug (Harmstorf) is sprung from the courthouse by two accomplices, then sets about planning the big heist of a local bank, equipped with a cache of high-powered weapons he's acquired from an American army outpost. Together with his faithful protégé (Macchia), who reluctantly on-boards his young girlfriend (Bohm) and her AWOL brother (August), the quartet bumble their way through the supposedly full-proof plan that aims to deliver them a cool million in cash and a new life in Australia. Predictably, things deteriorate quickly at every turn.

Harmstorf struts around in tight leather trousers, dropping C-bombs and picking fights he never wins with confidence and virility, an utterly repugnant and degenerate character. His internal adversary, the more even-tempered August character proves to be impotent to both the affections of one of the hostages, and to Harmstorf's increasing lunacy, remaining compliant in the hope of protecting his sister (Bohm) from harm. Generally the acting seemed pretty committed, although at times the atrocious dubbing makes it a mockery.

Paints a fairly miserable picture of working class Munich, often vulgar and violent, yet strangely engaging. The pitiful attempts by the gang to execute their plan, the constant set-backs, and Harmstorf's unbending belief that they'll all be free and filthy rich in spite of the escalating odds is worthy of the deepest sympathy. The climax was a bit disappointing but remained consistent with the overall tone, and while the jazz-pop soundtrack and dubbing will annoy some viewers, if you're not too picky, you might enjoy this quirky Bavarian bank robber flick.


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