End of the Game

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Hans Baerlach (Martin Ritt) is a Swiss police detective who has dedicated much of his career to pursuing powerful and allegedly murderous businessman Richard Gastmann (Robert Shaw). Though Baerlach's partner (Donald Sutherland) meets his demise while investigating Gastmann, his replacement, Walter Tschanz (Jon Voight), is undaunted. Meanwhile, the lovely Anna Crawley (Jacqueline Bisset) becomes involved in the case, which proceeds to take many twists and turns.

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

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

  • Aug 27, 2013
    Peculiar crime mystery/thriller in which the motivations of a couple key characters are inscrutable. Martin Ritt, director of <i>Hud</i> and <i>Norma Rae</i>, 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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  • Feb 16, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"End of the Game" starts with the body of police detective Robert Schmied(Donald Sutherland) being discovered in his car. Schmied was the assistant of Commissioner Baerlach(Martin Ritt) who takes over the case despite his failing health, recruiting Walter Tschanz(Jon Voight) to be his new assistant. Their investigatilon leads them to a wealthy businessman, Richard Gastmann(Robert Shaw), who shares a secret with Baerlach.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Maximilian Schell, "End of the Game" is an uneven movie that squanders a very interesting premise. On the one hand, there is the chess-like plot, thoughts about free will and Martin Ritt enjoying himself playing a wily codger.(He has great chemistry with Robert Shaw but there is not enough of Shaw to go around.) But some scenes run on too long, especially the ones between Jon Voight and Jacqueline Bisset. Also hurting the movie are inadequate staging, disparate accents and Jon Voight's bizarre performance.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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