Town Without Pity (1961)

Town Without Pity


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A quartet of American Army regulars face trial and possible execution on rape charges in Germany. Major Pakenham (E. G. Marshall) is the prosecuting attorney. His main witnesses are the pro-Nazi and anti-American citizens embittered over their recent loss of World War II. Major Steve Garrett (Kirk Douglas) is the defense attorney who must fight for the lives of the four accuses men.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Manfred Gregor, Erwin C. Dietrich, George Hurdalek, Jan Lustig, Silvia Reinhardt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002



as Maj. Steve Garrett

as Col. Jerome Pakenham

as Karin Steinhof

as Cpl. Birdwell "Birdi...

as Inge Koerner

as Herr Steinhof

as Frau Steinhof

as Frank Borgmann

as Dr. Urban

as Frau Kulig

as Gen. Stafford

as Court Officer

as Col. MacKenzie

as Maj. Dowling
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Critic Reviews for Town Without Pity

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Top Critic

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

If it had more going for it than [Kirk] Douglas's electrifying performance ... I'd recommend it

Full Review… | December 31, 2009
Goatdog's Movies

A grim courtroom drama about a shocking gang rape.

Full Review… | February 5, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Moralmente complexo, o filme analisa a estigmatização das vítimas de estupro e conta com uma atuação brilhante de Douglas como um homem torturado por seus deveres.

February 27, 2004
Cinema em Cena

July 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for Town Without Pity

A bit numb courtroom drama. It wasn't tense, emotional, thrilling or gripping enough. It rather seemed to focus more on the state of the town's mindset. And it wasn't an appealing approach. Strong dialogues and aggressive performances might have helped. Otherwise, except for the Berta Kulig's testimony sequence, there isn't much in terms of entertainment. On the whole, numb as it is, it's still a watchable piece. More or less.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Very well acted but an ugly look at the viciousness of the human race.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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