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Macho Man

West Germany 1985
produced by
DEF Filmproduktion
directed by Alexander Titus Benda
starring René Weller, Bea Fiedler, Peter Althof, Jacqueline Elber, Michael Messing, Horst Schreiner, Thomas Wening, Hans Vogel, Horst Ulrich, Jürgen Dietrich, Wolfgang Sauerhammer, Günther Althof, Peter Zuber
written by Alexander Titus Benda, music by Michael Landau

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Dany Wagner (René Weller) is not onbly a boxing champ, he's also a mighty good guy - so when he witnesses three guys attacking Sandra Petersen (Bea Fiedler) and trying to inject her ehroin, he interferes, and beats Sandra's attackers to a pulp. She tells Dany that the three guys are part of a drug cartel who want to have their revenge on her because she got a friend of hers off the stuff. Dany falls in love with Sandra immediately.

Karate teacher Andreas Arnold (Peter Althof) is also a mighty good guy, so when he and Dany are in a bank that's about to be robbed, they use their fighting techniques to put the would-be bankrobbers out of commission.

Then though, Dany thinks that Adreas tries to steal Sandra away from him, and before you know it, Andreas, who has long found a girlfriend of his own (Jacqueline Elber) challenges Dany to a ringside duel, boxing versus karate.

A few hours before the fight, Dany comes to the conclusion that he and Andreas have to bust the drugring threatening Sandra, and when they are actually in the ring fighting, the two of them interrupt the fight to raid the drug ring's headquarters. Unfortunately, the boss escapes ...

Soon enough, the baddies kidnap Dany and Andreas' girlfriends, and the finale sees Dany and Andreas raid another hideout of the drug ring, and this time they beat all the baddies to a pulp ...


Around 1985, German lightweight boxing champion René Weller was at the height of his career, so this film was made to cash in on his popularity - and in case you wondered, this is not a good film, it was shot on the cheap, based on an enormously silly, clichéd and ill-paced script, and Weller, not exactly much of a thespian, was surrounded by a cast wooden as can be.

However, this film is also a must-see, if for all the wrong reasons: The 1980's fashion and hairdos witnessed in this film are almost amazing in their badness, the dialogues are amazing in their blandness and choice of words (you have to understandGerman to really appreciate this though), and many of the supporting actors just look awkward, as if they were cast in the movie only because the production company owed someone a favour.

In other words, this film is great ... just don't expect to like it!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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