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Knife in the Head (1978)
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Knife in the Head (1978)
Original name: Messer im Kopf
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the building and ends up being shot in the head. He awakens with brain trauma, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The police accuse him of stabbing an officer; the radicals herald him as an innocent victim of police brutality. During his slow recovery at the hospital, Hoffmann must piece together his life and struggle to remember the events of that night.
Style: tense, thought provoking, mind bending, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: memory loss, hospital, crimes, vengeance, politics, disability, terrorism, life is a bitch, mystery, self discovery, infidelity, dishonesty, law enforcement, deadly, police, female nudity, male nudity, doctor, knife, neurosurgeon, police brutality, nurse, extramarital affair, brain damage, pubic hair ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, dishonesty, murder, deadly, crime, life is a bitch and law enforcement mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Knife in the Head: Eye of the Stranger (1993), The Galíndez File (2003), The Two Mr. Kissels (2008), A Question of Silence (1982), Color of Justice (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Duration: 96 min.
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Time: 90s
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The Galíndez File (2003)
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Duration: 124 min.
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The Two Mr. Kissels (2008)
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Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
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