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One or the Other (Einer von uns beiden)

Kolczyk: upper middle class, university professor, politically “safe”. Ziegenhals: brought up in the gutter, freaked-out student, socially an individualist. Ziegenhals accidentally comes upon a doubtful incident in Kolczyk’s past, it seems the professor has built up his career on the basis of someone else’s scientific discoveries and has plagiarized his doctoral thesis. Ziegenhals blackmails Kolczyk who pays up so long as he feels he can deliver what Ziegenhals demands. Then Kolczyk counterattacks. The Professor and his student have become deadly enemies.

Wolfgang Petersen was born in 1941 in Emden. After studying Theater in Berlin and Hamburg, he attended the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin from 1966-1970. He first made his mark in the film world with THE BOAT in 1981. Although he had been making feature films in Germany since 1973, and television productions before that, it was Petersen's success with this anti-war U-boat epic, along with several Oscar® nominations, that bought him his ticket to Hollywood. A selection of his other films includes: ONE OR THE OTHER (1973), THE NEVER ENDING STORY (1984), ENEMY MINE (1985), IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993), OUTBREAK (1995), AIR FORCE ONE (1997), THE PERFECT STORM (2000), TROY (2004), POSEIDON (2006), and his most recent German film FOUR AGAINST THE BANK (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1973
Director Wolfgang Petersen
Screenplay Manfred Purzer
Cinematography Charly Steinberger
Cast Klaus Schwarzkopf, Elke Sommer, Jürgen Prochnow, Ulla Jacobsson, Kristina Nel, Walter Gross
Producer Wolfgang Petersen
Production Company Waldleitner Media/Munich
Original Version
Subtitled Version English

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