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Town Without Pity (1961)

Town Without Pity (1961)

Town Without Pity




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Filmed on location in Germany, this socially conscious courtroom drama chronicles the trial of four American soldiers accused of gang-raping a local teen-age girl. The girl's father and the burgermeister demand that the guilty four receive the death penalty, but for that to happen, the traumatized and socially outcast girl (because before the rape she was a bit promiscuous) will have to face her assailants and identify them. The trial creates quite a brouhaha in town as the self-righteous residents begin discussing the town. Meanwhile an American defense attorney prepares a ruthless line of courtroom questioning for the girl. She cannot handle his cruelty and crumbles on the stand. The trial ends; the soldiers are convicted but escape the death penalty and are sentenced to jail terms. Afterward the despondent girl takes her life, and the prosecuting attorney suddenly finds himself a pariah for being so mean on the stand.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Hurdalek, Manfred Gregor, Erwin C. Dietrich, Jan Lustig, Silvia Reinhardt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002
Gloriafilm Munich


Kirk Douglas
as Maj. Steve Garrett
E.G. Marshall
as Col. Jerome Pakenham
Christine Kaufmann
as Karin Steinhof
Richard Jaeckel
as Cpl. Birdwell "Birdi...
Barbara Rütting
as Inge Koerner
Hans Nielsen
as Herr Steinhof
Karin Hardt
as Frau Steinhof
Gerhart Lippert
as Frank Borgmann
Max Haufler
as Dr. Urban
Rose Renee Roth
as Frau Kulig
Alan Gifford
as Gen. Stafford
Fred Durr
as Court Officer
Robert Shankland
as Col. MacKenzie
Joe Valerio
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


Between a 6/10 and 7/10, A picture that raises important moral and judicial questions must do so in terms of rounded, dimensional characters if it is to register with impact. Town without Pity fails in this regard save for Douglas' electrifying performance.

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