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Films based on works by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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  1. The Pledge

    The Pledge (2001)


    The Pledge is a 2001 mystery film directed by Sean Penn. It is based on the 1958 novella Das Versprechen: Requiem auf den Kriminalroman (The Pledge: Requiem for the Detective Novel), by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Dürrenmatt wrote The Pledge to refine the theme he originally developed in the screenplay for the 1958 film Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight).

  2. The Visit

    The Visit (1964)


    The Visit is a 1964 film co-production from France, Italy, Germany, and the United States, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Bernhard Wicki and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Julien Derode, with the film's stars, Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn, as co-producers.

  3. End of the Game

    End of the Game (1975)


    End of the Game (German: Der Richter und sein Henker) is a 1975 German thriller film directed by Maximilian Schell and starring Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Ritt and Robert Shaw. Co-written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the film is an adaptation of his 1950 crime novella The Judge and His Hangman (German: Der Richter und sein Henker). Dürrenmatt also appeared in the film, and Donald Sutherland played the role of the corpse of Ulrich Schmied. German silent film actress Lil Dagover made her last screen appearance before retirement in the film. Alternate English-language titles under which this same film has released include Getting Away With Murder, Murder on the Bridge and Deception. The original 105 minute film version has not been released on the home video market. For unknown reasons, in 2011 only a much shorter 91 minute international version has been restored and released on a German Blu-ray edition.

  4. Justiz

    Justiz (1993)


    Justice (German: Justiz) is a 1993 German-language film directed by Hans W. Geißendörfer. It was an international co-production between Germany and Switzerland. Based on the 1985 novel The Execution of Justice by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the film was chosen as Germany's official submission to the 66th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not manage to receive a nomination.

  5. It Happened in Broad Daylight

    It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)


    Es geschah am hellichten Tag (English: It Happened in Broad Daylight) is the title of a 1958 German suspense film directed by Ladislao Vajda. In 1997, it was remade under the same title as a German TV film, directed by Nico Hoffmann. There was also a Dutch remake of the film, by Rudolf Van Den Berg, under the title The Cold Light of Day made in 1995. The original screenplay was written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a Swiss playwright and novelist, and the first incarnation of the film is still acclaimed by critics. Heinz Rühmann and Gert Fröbe both starred in the 1958 movie.

  6. Hyènes

    Hyènes (1992)


    Hyènes is a 1992 Senegalese comedy film adaptation of the Swiss-German satirical play, "The Visit", directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. The intimate story of love and revenge parallels a critique of neocolonialism and African consumerism. It was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

  7. The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi

    The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (1961)


    The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (German: Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi) is a 1961 West German comedy film directed by Kurt Hoffmann. It is based on the play with the same title by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. It was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.

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