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Die Hamburger Krankheit

Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979) Movie Poster
France / West Germany  •    •  117m  •    •  Directed by: Peter Fleischmann.  •  Starring: Helmut Griem, Fernando Arrabal, Carline Seiser, Tilo Prückner, Ulrich Wildgruber, Rainer Langhans, Leopold Hainisch, Romy Haag, Evelyn Künneke, Peter von Zahn, Rosel Zech, Juliana Amici, Andreas Beuermann.  •  Music by: Jean-Michel Jarre.
       The BRD is haunted by a mysterious, deadly plague. In Hamburg, a group of people head for an odyssey through the country to search for survivors and a rescue. The journey evolves into a hopeless flight into the mountains of Bavaria, whose idyll, however, is a fallacy.

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Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
Image from: Die Hamburger Krankheit (1979)
"Die Hamburger Krankheit" or "The Hamburg Syndrome" is a West German French co-production and the outcome is a German-language film that runs for slightly over 110 minutes and as such it does not stay far away from the 2-hour mark. The writer and director is Peter Fleischmann and this is one of his most known films. The cast includes a couple actors that are still known in Germany today such as Helmut Griem, Tilo Prückner, Rosel Zech and Rainer Langhans, not really for being an actor though. The film is from 1979, so close to 40 years old and is of course in color with sound. It is about the mysterious outbreak of a virus in the German city of Hamburg and the result is not only many deaths, but also a social divide between the healthy ones and the sick ones. From that perspective I believe it was an interesting project, but sadly the film does not have great love to detail and frequently loses itself in extremely irrelevant scenes or elaborations on characters that are just plain uninteresting. I found this pretty disappointing as the film with the focus on Griem's character early on had some decent potential to become a quality movie. Maybe it could have at 90 minutes max and with better writing on many occasions. The way it actually turned out it is not a failure, but far from a success too.

Review by Thomas from the Internet Movie Database.