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Killing Cars (1986)

In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the ... See full summary »

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Michael Verhoeven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Prochnow ... Ralph Korda
Senta Berger ... Marie Landauer
Agnès Soral ... Violet Blum
Daniel Gélin ... Kellermann
Stefan Meinke Stefan Meinke ... Niki
Peter Matic Peter Matic ... Dr. Hein
Bernhard Wicki ... Von der Mühle
Osman Ragheb Osman Ragheb ... Scheich Al-Atassi
William Conrad ... Mr. Mahoney
Axel Scholtz Axel Scholtz ... Peter
Marina Larsen Marina Larsen ... Dina
Klaus Mikoleit Klaus Mikoleit ... Werk-Detektiv Tiedtke
Wolf Gaudlitz Wolf Gaudlitz ... Werk-Detektiv Maus
Oliver Rohrbeck ... Stich
Uwe Hacker Uwe Hacker ... Schulz
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Storyline

In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the target of killers. After Ralph Korda has given his patented worldcar to a German automaker for testing, he is confronted by ominous men, eager to get their hands on his patent. Evil Arab petroleum lords also want to stop this threat to the gasoline market any way they can. Written by Ørnås

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Brilliant automotive engineer. Ruthless businessman. Moving target...

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

West Germany

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German

Release Date:

13 February 1986 (West Germany) See more »

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Blitz See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The 'World Car' was in fact a heavily modified "Sonic GT", a gullwing sports coupe which was designed and built by Alois Barmettler of Nidwald, Switzerland and marketed later by Albar Cars, Germany. See more »

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Children Of The Night
Performed by Todd Canedy
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Dull, over-plotted corporate thriller
5 October 2014 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Killing Cars is the first film I have watched from Fuel-Injected Films Twenty Movie Collection DVD (also released as Collision Course) put out by Mill Creek. I hope that some of the remaining nineteen are better.

Killing Cars begins well, night, neon, and fast cars. I immediately thought of Diva and Subway, two much better examples of 80's Euro-noir. My expectations did not last long. This is a talky, over-plotted film about corporate espionage. Jurgen Prochnow plays Korda, an independent car manufacturer working with a car company to create a safe car. Korda starts getting the impression that he is being forced out of the project. Meanwhile, the car company is evicting squatters from its unused grounds. Those evicted include a gang of punk rockers who want revenge. There is more, an inquisitive reporter, a plot to con Korda out of his business, and William Conrad as another uncertain plot thread to further complicate things. There is way more here than needed, but most of it comes together when the safe car is stolen.

In spite of the neon ambiance and the girl with the adorable pink Mohawk, Killing Cars is a slow drive to nowhere.


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