Doctor's Review of End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)


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    End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)

    End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker)... (1975)

    Peculiar crime mystery/thriller in which the motivations of a couple key characters are inscrutable. Martin Ritt, director of Hud and Norma Rae, is terrific turning actor here as ailing police chief in rural Switzerland, and he recruits the sharp-minded but erratic Jon Voight to assist in solving the murder of a decorated detective. The scenes between the two of them constitute the best parts of the film. Robert Shaw makes a pretty good nemesis for Ritt dating back 40 years, but Jacqueline Bisset seems rather flat as the murdered policeman's girlfriend. A satisfactory solution to the case (except no explanation for the two bullets??) doesn't wholly make up for the strange, aimless inclusions like the evening party and the cheetah in the unfinished room.

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