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The Vietnamese girl Mao was kidnapped by four American soldiers, raped, stabbed and finally shot, on 18th November 1966. Erikson was the fifth soldier. He tried in vain to help the girl, but he reported the event to his commanding officer. His report was suppressed. The film shows Mao’s tortures. In the film her death is happens on Easter Monday and her suffering is presented in the manner of the Bavarian passion play.

Michael Verhoeven was born in Berlin in 1938 into an acting and directing family. He studied Medicine in Berlin and Munich and qualified as a doctor in 1969. He appeared as an actor on the stage and screen in the early 50s and 60s and has been working as a screenwriter, producer and director since 1967. His award-winning films include: Dance of Death (Paarungen, 1968), O.K. (1970), A Terrific Exit (Ein unheimlich starker Abgang, 1973), Sunday Children (Sonntagskinder, 1979), The White Rose (Die weisse Rose, 1982), The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Maedchen, 1989), My Mother\'s Courage (Mutters Courage, 1995), Zimmer mit Fruehstueck (TV, 1999), Uncovering of a Marriage (Enthuellung einer Ehe, TV, 2000), The Unknown Soldier - What Did You Do in the War, Dad? (Der unbekannte Soldat, 2006), and Human Failure (Menschliches Versagen, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1970
Director Michael Verhoeven
Screenplay Michael Verhoeven
Cinematography Igor Luther
Cast Eva Mattes, Friedrich von Thun, Wolfgang Fischer, Ewald Prechtl, Hartmut Becker, Michael Verhoeven
Production Company Rob Houwer Film & TV/Munich
Original Version
Subtitled Version English

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