The Golden Glove

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From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg's red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the "Golden Glove", where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.


  • Jonas Dassler
  • Margarete Tiesel
  • Adam Bousdoukos
  • Katja Studt
  • Martina Eitner-Acheampong
  • Marc Hosemann
  • Greta Sophie Schmidt
  • Tristan Göbel
  • Laurens Walter
  • Hark Bohm

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  • Based upon the novel of the same title, written by the author Heinz Strunk and published in 2016.
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    • Siggi Honka: Life's a barrel organ, and the Lord God turns the crank. We're aIl but dancers to His tune, and have our fate to thank.
    • Gerda Voss: Can't say anything against that.
    • Siggi Honka: Yeah, or this one:Life's a card game. If you want to pIay, you have to take the hand you're dealt.
    • Fritz Honka: Yeah, my brother knows aIl the best sayings.
    • Siggi Honka: Right. Like this one: Flowers are like people: the fatter, the dumber.
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Sep 26, 2019

The whole affair feels, quite simply, icky in a way that superior projects like “Zodiac” and “Memories of Murder” never do; to his movie’s detriment, Akin seems more interested in merely depicting what happened than taking a stab at why.

Metacritic review by Michael Nordine
Michael Nordine
Feb 14, 2019

Perhaps the question is not whether the film needed to be so relentlessly grim, but rather whether it needed to be made at all.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
Feb 14, 2019

On some level, Fritz’s story is compulsive viewing, only you wish you weren’t there.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter