Messer im Kopf (Knife in the Head) (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Messer im Kopf (Knife in the Head) (1978)





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Despite the film's English title Knife in the Head, Hoffman (Bruno Ganz), a scientist, is shot in the head by the police while he is trying to pick up his wife from a political rally. Upon awakening, Hoffman finds that he has lost all memory of who he is and why the police were after him. At first, he is also paralyzed, unable to move or care for himself. As he recovers the use of his faculties, his search to discover what was really at stake during the rally leads him to take some harsh measures of his own. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Bruno Ganz
as Dr. Berthold Hoffmann
Angela Winkler
as Ann Hoffmann
Udo Samel
as Schurig
Eike Gallwitz
as Dr. Groeske
Erich Kleiber
as Herr Arnold
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Critic Reviews for Messer im Kopf (Knife in the Head)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Knife in the Head isn't a straightforward leftist political tract; it's much more subtle than that, and if it has a position, it's closer to despair than to radical reform.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It starts out as a political thriller, but turns ugly into a psychodrama.

June 5, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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