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The Pedestrian (1973)

Der Fußgänger (original title)
When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

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Maximilian Schell
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peggy Ashcroft ... Lady Gray
Gertrud Bald Gertrud Bald ... Henriette Markowitz
Elisabeth Bergner ... Frau Lilienthal
Lil Dagover ... Frau Eschenlohr
Käthe Haack ... Frau von Rautenfeld
Peter Hall ... Rudolf Hartmann
Ruth Hausmeister Ruth Hausmeister ... Inge Marie Giese
Dagmar Hirtz Dagmar Hirtz ... Elke Giese
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Frau Bergedorf
Silvia Hürlimann Silvia Hürlimann ... Hilde
Christian Kohlund ... Erwin Gotz
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Dr. Rolf Meineke
Alexander May Alexander May ... Alexander Markowitz
Herbert Mensching Herbert Mensching ... Reporter
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Reporter
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When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

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Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

6 September 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pedestrian See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaffa, Israel See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Margarete Schell Noé (Frau Buchmann) was the mother of the writer, director and star Maximilian Schell (Andreas Giese). See more »

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Shades of grey
6 April 2001 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

This film is about a man who committed a terrible crime during war and is now old and somehow sorry for what he did. The story about the preparations for his trial are described from different points of view, also from his.

It's interesting to experience Maximilian Schell mainly as a director. (The role he plays in the film is quite small.) Shades of grey dominate the film. It looks like made with a low budget in a studio with minimum scenery. Although the story is really interesting and the topic is controversial – shall an old, harmless man still be called to account for the crimes he committed a long time ago in war? – somehow the film doesn't keep awake. There are some surprising takes here and charming guest appearances there – there seems to be no continuity, no concept. The film seems „undirected`, uncoordinated. I guess, that's a common problem, when actors, who believe they know their way around, try and direct a movie.

The movie ends abruptly, after changing into a TV discussion. I got the impression that the film had been over for minutes and I was watching that discussion. Really weird.


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