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Last Years of Childhood, The (Letzten Jahre der Kindheit, Die)

The story of a 14-year-old who is always getting into trouble with the authorities and is caught up in the vicious circle of his life in a juvenile home and finally commits suicide while in prison.


Norbert Kueckelmann was born in 1930 in Munich and studied Law in Munich and Mainz. During his time as a legal intern, he also worked as a writer and film critic for various radio stations. He has had his own law practice since 1958. In 1965, he co-founded the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film together with Alexander Kluge and Hans Rolf Strobel. He is co-owner of the production company FFAT with Peter Lilienthal. He directed his first feature film Die Sachverstaendigen in 1972. His other films include: Die Schiessuebung (TV, 1974), Die Angst ist ein zweiter Schatten (1975), Die letzten Tage der Kindheit (1979), Man Under Suspicion (Morgen in Alabama, 1984), Schweinegeld (1988), Abgetrieben (TV, 1992), Alle haben geschwiegen (TV, 1996), Portrait of a Judge (Portrait eines Richters, TV, 1997), Verlorene Kinder (TV, 1999), and Ich hab es nicht gewollt - Anatomie eines Mordfalles (TV, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1979
Director Norbert Kueckelmann
Screenplay Norbert Kueckelmann
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Jane Seitz-Sperr
Markus Urchs
Cast Gerhard Gundel, Dieter Mustaffof, Leopoldine Schwankel, Ernst Hannawald, Karl Obermair
Producer Norbert Kueckelmann
Production Company FFAT/Munich, in co-production with ZDF
Length 105 min
Awards German Film Award 1980