Knife in the Head

Knife in the Head
Messer im Kopf.jpg
Film poster
Directed byReinhard Hauff
Produced by
Written by
StarringBruno Ganz
CinematographyFrank Brühne
Edited byPeter Przygodda
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Knife in the Head (German: Messer im Kopf) is a 1978 West German drama film directed by Reinhard Hauff and starring Bruno Ganz.[1] The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the year by the U.S. National Board of Review.[2]


  • Bruno Ganz as Berthold Hoffmann
  • Angela Winkler as Ann Hoffmann
  • Hans Christian Blech Anleitner
  • Heinz Hoenig as Volker
  • Hans Brenner as Scholz
  • Udo Samel as Schurig
  • Eike Gallwitz as Dr. Groeske
  • Carla Egerer as Schwester Angelika
  • Gabriele Dossi as Schwester Emilie
  • Hans Fuchs as Chefarzt
  • Gert Burkard as Institutsdirektor
  • Erich Kleiber as Pförtner
  • Karl-Heinz Merz as Patient (as Karl Heinz Merz)
  • Ursel Lessoing as Frau Schurig
  • Heinz Hürländer as Kommissar (as Heinz Hurlander)


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (23 April 1980). "Screen: German 'Knife in the Head': Meditation on Survival". The New York Times. p. C24. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "1980 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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