End of the Game

For the song by The Knack of the same name, see End of the Game (song).
End of the Game
Directed by Maximilian Schell
Produced by Maximilian Schell
Arlene Sellers
Screenplay by Maximilian Schell
Roberto De Leonardis
Based on The Judge and His Hangman
1950 novella
by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Starring Jon Voight
Jacqueline Bisset
Martin Ritt
Robert Shaw
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Roberto Gerardi
Ennio Guarnieri
Klaus König
Edited by Dagmar Hirtz
Distributed by National Broadcasting Company
Release dates
  • May 12, 1975 (1975-05-12)


Running time
106 minutes
Country Germany
Language English

End of the Game (German: Der Richter und sein Henker) is a 1975 DeLuxe Color German political thriller drama film directed by Maximilian Schell and starring Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Ritt and Robert Shaw. Co-written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the film is an adaptation of his 1950 crime novella The Judge and His Hangman (German: Der Richter und sein Henker). Dürrenmatt also appeared in the film, and Donald Sutherland played the role of the corpse of Ulrich Schmied. German silent film actress Lil Dagover made her last screen appearance before retirement in the film.

Plot summary

Walter Tschantz (Jon Voight) gets on a case when Lt. Robert Schmied (Donald Sutherland) is found dead while investigating Richard Gastmann (Robert Shaw), who inspector Hans Barlach (Martin Ritt) suspects of killing his girlfriend (Rita Calderoni) 30 years ago.


Crazy credit


Most of Ennio Morricone's original compositions for this film were replaced for the international film version, using music the composer had written for older projects. Only five tracks of Morricone's score had been later released on a vinyl album. In 2010 the Italian record company Beat Records released the score as originally composed by Morricone as a limited CD edition containing 31 tracks with a total time of 76:20 minutes.[1]


Alternate English-language titles under which this same film has released include Getting Away With Murder, Murder on the Bridge and Deception.[2] The original 105 minute film version has not been released on the home video market. For unknown reasons, in 2011 only a much shorter 91 minute international version has been restored and released on a German Blu-ray edition.


The film won two awards at the German Film Awards: For Best Editing (Dagmar Hirtz), and Outstanding Feature Film. Maximilian Schell also nominated for Best Direction and won the Silver Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.


  1. Il giudice e il suo boia | Beat Records | CDCR90
  2. Der Richter und sein Henker (1975) at the Internet Movie Database
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