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Straight Shooter (1999)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 15 April 1999 (Germany)
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After his daughter died of cancer, former French foreign legionnaire "Straight Shooter" alias Volker Bretz threatens those who financed, built, favoured and now work the nuclear power plant... See full summary »

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Thomas Bohn

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Thomas Bohn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Frank Hector
Heino Ferch ... Volker Bretz
Katja Flint Katja Flint ... Regina Toelle
Hannelore Hoger ... Lena Hoelldobler
Ulrich Mühe ... Markus Paufler
Jürgen Schornagel ... Andreas Berndt
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Ingolf Pasternak
Maximillian Beckmann Maximillian Beckmann ... Patrick Toelle
Bianca Brad Bianca Brad ... Frau Bretz
Georg Blumreiter Georg Blumreiter ... Bösken
Klaus Czizek Klaus Czizek ... Jonathan Gettmann
Walter Gontermann Walter Gontermann ... Ohtz
Holger von Hartlieb Holger von Hartlieb ... Assistent Wiegräfe
Stefan Hunstein Stefan Hunstein ... Tom Tom
Nadine Klante Nadine Klante ... Frau in Cafeteria / Woman in Cafeteria
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After his daughter died of cancer, former French foreign legionnaire "Straight Shooter" alias Volker Bretz threatens those who financed, built, favoured and now work the nuclear power plant Atar II to kill one of them each day until the plant is shut down. His former drill sergeant, Frank Hector, who now owns several night clubs and brothels, is the only one who might be able to stop the maniac killing specialist. Frank is flown in instantly, but soon has to find out that his former comrade's actions might be a result from an event long ago. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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He created the perfect killing machine. Now he has to stop him. See more »


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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 April 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tireur d'élite See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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After the shooter throws a bomb into a victim's house, we see big explosions coming from all the front windows. But when he enters the house to look around, the rooms are mostly intact. See more »

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References Die Hard 2 (1990) See more »

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Sleep Somehow
By Peter Heppner, Markus Reinhardt (as Wolfsheim)
Performed by Peter Heppner, Markus Reinhardt (as Wolfsheim)
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Is a German action movie featuring Dennis Hopper worth watching?
5 March 2011 | by filmnut1See all my reviews

An elitely trained former Legionnaire embarks on a vengeful killing spree. Utilising the techniques which prepared him to avoid capture and survive behind enemy lines, Straight Shooter (Heino Ferch) kills a number of high ranking officials he blames for the death of his family. The government bring in his former commanding officer, the only man with intimate knowledge of the killer's methods and psychology.

Made in Germany, with a view to international release, this First Blood (1982) variant casts American actor Dennis Hopper in the lead role of former commander Frank Hector, while the German cast members have their voices dubbed for the English-language version.

Straight Shooter is interesting because it's characters are not clear cut heroes and villains. When we are first introduced to Hector he is telling his girlfriend she has to get an abortion, when she says she does not want to he violently slaps her.

This opening scene bears little relevance to the plot but does put the audience in an intriguingly awkward position as the love story between Hector and the District Attorney he is working with unfolds. In contrast, the film's villain is portrayed sympathetically as a loving husband and father driven over the edge.

Both characters occupy a grey area which makes this stand out against other black and white, good versus evil thrillers.

The film has an unusual look, which emphasises a unique vision. Bohn incorporates grainy and bleached flashback sequences and one excellent scene uses computer morphing technology to take us from an empty building exterior to the middle of a war zone and back again.

There is also a good car chase / action sequence in the final half hour in which Straight Shooter is chased by a police squad car (a Porsche) and a BMW. He lures the cars into his lair and blows them up with a grenade booby trap and a rocket launcher.

Use of space in Straight Shooter is particularly striking. Notable for its lack of claustrophobic locations and camera-work, director Bohn uses a series of long-shots and medium long-shots throughout the film, which give even the modestly sized house and apartment interiors a sense of openness. Shot in 2.35:1 widescreen, in addition to the bold photography of urban exteriors and cityscapes, the majority of the film takes place in architecturally vast buildings, which use wide spaces and glass partitions to emphasise the vulnerability of the characters.

This is not an extraordinary film but it is a very interesting one. Well worth seeking out if you're a Hopper fan or interested in European films influenced by Hollywood.


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