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Jail Bait (1973)

TV Movie | 102 min | Drama

Jailbait (Wildwechsel, 1973), also known as Wild Game Crossing, is a bleak story of teenage angst, set in industrial northern Germany during the 1950s. Like in many other of his films, Fassbinder analyses lower middle class life with ...See moreJailbait (Wildwechsel, 1973), also known as Wild Game Crossing, is a bleak story of teenage angst, set in industrial northern Germany during the 1950s. Like in many other of his films, Fassbinder analyses lower middle class life with characters who, unable to articulate their feelings, bury them in inane phrases and violent acts.[51] Love turns into a power struggle of deception and betrayal. The story centers on Hanni, a precocious fourteen-year-old schoolgirl who starts a relationship with Franz, a nineteen-year-old worker in a chicken processing plant. Their romance faces the opposition of the girl's conservative parents. Franz is sentenced to nine months in prison for having sex with a minor. When he is released on probation, they continue their relationship and Hanni becomes pregnant. Afraid of her father's anger, she persuades Franz to kill him. Back in prison, Franz is told by Hanni that their child died at birth and that their love was "only physical" Written by Ipsith See less
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May 15, 1977 (United States)

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Eva Mattes
Hanni Schneider Hanni Schneider   See fewer
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Ruth Drexel
Hilda Schneider Hilda Schneider   See fewer
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Harry Baer
Franz Bermeier Franz Bermeier   See fewer
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Jörg von Liebenfelß
Erwin Schneider Erwin Schneider   See fewer
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Karl Scheydt
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El Hedi ben Salem
Franz's friend Franz's friend   See fewer
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Klaus Löwitsch
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7.2 / 10 | 333 votes