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Scorpion, The (Skorpion, Der)

Scorpion, The

Josef Bertholt is head of operations of the Munich Police's drug squad. When his wife Lily is the victim of a hit by drug dealers, he becomes even more obsessed with his work. The situation is too much for his eighteen-year-old son Robin. After a fight with his father he disappears and ends up in the very circles where Bertholt is looking for the criminals. The pressure on the investigator is stepped up. His wife, whose condition initially seemed to be improving, goes back into a coma. Robin seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into the world of drugs, and a series of murders among the suspects makes the case even more complicated.


Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. After studying German and Musical Sciences, he studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1974. He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film DER KOSTBARE GAST (1979). He has played a decisive role in developing the profile of the TV series DER FAHNDER and has alternated regularly between film and TV productions. In 1988, he received a German Film Award for his thriller DIE KATZE (1987). His film SPIELER (1990) was shown at Venice in 1990 and he is a regular to the Berlinale where the premieres of his successful feature films A MAP OF THE HEART (2001), THE RED COCKATOO (2005), DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (2011) took place. His other films include: TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1988), THE INVINCIBLES (1994), FRAU BU LACHT (TV, 1995), MUNICH –SECRETS OF A CITY (doc, 2000), HOTTE IM PARADIES (TV, 2002), EINE STADT WIRD ERPRESST (2006), DER WEG, DEN WIR NICHT ZUSAMMEN GEHEN (2008), IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2010) and BELOVED SISTERS (2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Dominik Graf
Screenplay Guenter Schuetter
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Christel Suckow
Dominik Graf, Helmut Spanner
Cast Marek Harloff, Heiner Lauterbach, Renate Krößner, Birge Schade
Producer Gloria Burkert
Production Company MTM Medien & Television/Munich, in co-production with ZDF Enterprises
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 1997
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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