Im Namen des Volkes (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Run Time - 129 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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In this German film, inmates guilty of a prison murder are put on trial before a court consisting of other inmates. The trial is given the full formal treatment it might receive in a civilian setting. The key point in this film is that these are the actual murderers admitting their actual crimes before a judges' panel consisting of their peers: actual prisoners at the same institution. Having no force of law, the trial proceeds without reaching a conclusion. That is something the viewer is asked to provide. This movie won a Silver Bear from the 1974 Berlin Film Festival.

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courtroom, inmate, killing, trial [courtroom]