End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman) (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman) (1975)

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

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Actor Maximillian Schell functioned as coproducer and director of End of the Game. Conversely, director Martin Ritt is the leading actor in this existentialist crime story. Ritt plays Hans Barlach, a Swiss police inspector who has spent 30 years trying to pin the murder of the woman he loved on Richard Gastmann, an "untouchable" industrialist (Robert Shaw). When Barlach's assistant Donald Sutherland is killed while trying to get the goods on Gastmann, the inspector puts idealistic detective Walter Tschantz (Jon Voight) on the case. Jacqueline Bisset costars as Anna Crawley Sutherland's girl friend, who attempts to solve the case on her own. Author Friedrich Durrenmatt, long fascinated with the intangible aspects of Guilt and Innocence, wrote the novel (The Judge and His Hangman) upon which End of the Game is based. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: Maximilian Schell, Roberto de Leonardis
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Cast

Jon Voight
as Walter Tschantz
Jacqueline Bisset
as Anna Crawley
Martin Ritt
as Hans Barlach
Robert Shaw
as Richard Gastmann
Helmut Qualtinger
as von Schwendi
Norbert Schiller
as Dr. Hungertobel
Otto Ryser
as Blatter
Lil Dagover
as Mrs. Gastman
Toni Roth
as Old Lady
Anton Netzer
as Dr. Schallert
Wieland Liebske
as Taxi Driver
Kathrin Brunner
as Cleaning Girl
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The only emotion that the audience is likely to work up watching this unconscionable bore is an irresistible desire to be almost anywhere else but in the theater.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Instead of every hour or half-hour, the cuckoo pops out every minute and a half.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

By no means a great film, but it's a very good one that ought to be better known than it is.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[A] complex thriller.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An existential mystery story.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
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Audience Reviews for End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)

½

[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]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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½

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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Doctor Strangeblog

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