Murder on the Bridge (1975)

PG   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Crime


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When a Swiss cop is murdered, a veteran homicide inspector and a rookie are assigned to solve the case but they are obstructed by interfering Swiss politicians.


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  • Jacqueline Bisset and Jon Voight in Murder on the Bridge (1975)
  • Jacqueline Bisset and Jon Voight in Murder on the Bridge (1975)
  • Robert Shaw and Helmut Qualtinger in Murder on the Bridge (1975)
  • Jon Voight and Martin Ritt in Murder on the Bridge (1975)
  • Robert Shaw and Martin Ritt in Murder on the Bridge (1975)

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15 April 2009 | blanche-2
7
| Very good European whodunit
"End of the Game," a 1975 film directed by Maximilian Schell, isn't a standard murder mystery. Set in Europe, Martin Ritt (Hans Baerlach) is a Swiss police detective trying to capture a man named Gastmann (Robert Shaw). Thirty years earlier, Gastmann killed a woman in front of Ritt and was never prosecuted. When Ritt's partner is killed, he gets a new one, Walter (Jon Voight).

Ritt is excellent as a man determined to carry out this assignment despite facing death himself. Donald Sutherland, in an early role, plays the murdered detective in photos and as a corpse. The beautiful Jacqueline Bisset is the late detective's girlfriend. Robert Shaw is his usual hateful and smooth self. Voight does a good job, playing his role in a somewhat frenzied manner. He's also has a big nude scene.

"End of the Game" has a very European feel to it, and a host of accents from all over the place. It's unclear if they were all supposed to be speaking the same language or not. Accents aren't necessary, for instance, if you're a German living in Germany because you're not speaking English with an accent, you're speaking German. I suppose one can assume whatever language the characters were speaking, they had regional accents.

Fascinating film, the type of which one saw made more in the '70s than today - uneven, remote, but interesting.

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Various DVD releases of this film tend to be that of the heavily edited version. The running time is approximately 82 minutes, thus making the movie incomprehensible.


Quotes

Richard Gastmann: Another year, your doctor says. That is, if he can operate on Thursday.
Hans Bärlach: Another year.
Richard Gastmann: Your last year, Hans. Why waste it on me?
Hans Bärlach: One day I'm going to convict you for your crimes.
Richard Gastmann: You can't let go of it, can you? You let it chew up your guts until it ...


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Corpse provided by Donald Sutherland


Alternate Versions

When the film was released internationally it was cut by 15 minutes. For unknown reasons, only the shorter international version has ever been released on home video. Both versions have a full soundtrack in English. The following sequences are missing in the shorter cut: 01 - After Baerlach visits Mrs. Schoenler there is a brief scene in which we see him feeding bears at a zoo. He then goes to the town hall and sees Gastmann from afar. This prompts a brief flashback of Nadine's corpse floating in the river. Baerlach talks to Lutz and asks him for a new partner. He wants Tschanz. Lutz says Tschanz is on holiday but Baerlach insists. Baerlach lights a cigar and is taken over by a coughing fit, Lutz asks for a glass of water but the secretary brings a flower. Lutz finally agrees to assign Tschanz to him and notes that they will make a great team. Baerlach thanks him and leaves. 02 - During the funeral scene there's an additional shot. After Tschanz notices the name on the wreath is wrong we see a woman's hat falling off and one of the mourners pick it up and throw it onto the coffin. The sound of the woman gasping can still be heard on the soundtrack when the trombonist empties water from his instrument in the short version instead of the correct sound of water pouring out. That shot is followed by another shot missing from the shorter cut in which a uniformed policeman congratulates Lutz on his speech. 03 - The first scene with Anna and Tschanz is a little different. They are first seen lying naked on the floor in silence. She gets up, lights a cigarette, and says "Don't think about it, it was good. I wanted that". She then walks over to the bathroom. In the shorter cut, the line is dubbed over the close-up of Anna and Tschanz and then cuts directly into Anna in the bathroom. 04 - There is another brief moment missing from the shorter cut in this sequence. After Anna says "Call me" Tschanz says "I hate telephones. I'd rather stand in front of your house and wait for you". There is a short discussion and she tells him to go. The scene then proceeds like in the shorter cut with Tschanz asking "Who are they". 05 - Right after the scene in which Baerlach returns home and takes off the arm protector Tschanz is seen in a phone box. He calls Anna but she isn't at home. 06 - After the "Dr. Lutz, the minister is expecting you" line, Tschanz is seen lying in bed looking sick and calling Anna's house again but no one answers. 07 - After Tschanz runs out of the baggage loading area there are two brief shots of Gastmann's henchmen watching him hidden behind crates. 08 - The sequence in which Tschanz and Anna are walking next to the river is longer. In the shorter version the scene ends after Tschanz asks Anna about Baerlach's suspicions but in the longer cut they continue talking. Anna tells Tschanz she wants him to be kind and talk to her. They talk about their families and she tells him he needs to grow up and be kind. Tschanz goes into the playground and starts playing football with the kids. Anna smiles at him. 09 - The entire sequence in which Baerlach leaves and is arguing with Tschanz and is then picked up by Gastmann as well as the entire sequence on the bridge in which they discuss their "game" and in which Gastmann disposes of the dead driver takes place at night. The sequence was originally shot day-for-night but the effect was removed in the shorter version. The scene is exactly the same bar one short insert. When Gastmann's henchman throws the driver's body in the water there is a short flashback of Nadine's corpse floating as seen in the Istanbul intro. 10 - After Gastmannshouts at Baerlach ("You fool") we see Tschanz lying in bed thinking. Then we see Anna emerging from the shower and getting dressed. Then we see Tschanz entering her house. Anna walks into her living room and sees him. He tells her he loves her and forces himself on her. She struggles but eventually says "Alright, if you want me you can have me. But you can't HAVE me. Understand?". She then tells him Robert has more power over her than ever before. They talk briefly and Tschanz concludes she never loved anyone. She is then seen leaving by car.

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