Schimanski (1997–2013)
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Blood brothers.


Hajo Gies


Hansjörg Thurn




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Götz George ... Horst Schimanski
Christoph Waltz ... Klaus Mandel
Geno Lechner ... Ilse Bonner
Denise Virieux Denise Virieux ... Marie Claire
Robert Viktor Minich Robert Viktor Minich ... Scholl
Matthias Redlhammer Matthias Redlhammer ... Krieger
Philippe Bouli Philippe Bouli ... Lasalle
Hans Werner Meyer ... Krüger
Germain Wagner Germain Wagner ... Maurice
Jürgen Lehmann Jürgen Lehmann ... Pierre
Marko König Marko König ... Rumäne #1 (as Marco König)
Michael Weber Michael Weber ... Rumäne #2
Mark Zak Mark Zak ... Rumäne #3
Christian Kmiotek Christian Kmiotek ... Wachbeamter
Frank Albrecht Frank Albrecht ... Junger Arzt


Blood brothers.

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Release Date:

16 November 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Frères de sang See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Not the Schimanski of the Golden Era, but a fine chemistry between George and Waltz
17 November 2014 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

The shady businessman Klaus Mandel (Christopher Waltz) spends time in Belgium prison for allegedly having set fire to a building in an insurance scam, that cost the live of an accountant. In order to get time off, Mandel offers to testify against his former partner and best friend Krieger (Matthias Redlhammer). Retired Cop Schimanski (Götz George), now living on a houseboat in Belgium, is asked to transport Mandel across the border to Germany and hand him over to the authorities there. Schimanski agrees reluctantly, but the pair – snobbish Mandel and proletarian Schimanski, who once attempted to book Mandel – make uneven travel-companions. The journey is interrupted when a pair of Romanian hit men tries to kill Mandel. Now tied together by handcuffs, Schimanski and Mandel have to find their way to safety via car, train or on foot.

"Blutsbrüder" (eng: "Blood Brothers") is easily one of the more interesting episodes of the new Schimanski-series. It is of course the old "good-cop / bad-guy, tied together by cuffs and eventually developing a friendship"-routine. The story is as predictable as it is entertaining, mainly thanks to the chemistry between George and Waltz, both excellent actors in their own rights. Like professional tennis-players they ball each other lines and cues, often with hilarious results. More than in your typical TV-Krimi, there's plenty of action, gunfire and chases, considering that Schimanski already has his man literally by the cuffs (or does he?). It was just this mentioned chemistry that was missing in many latter "Schimanskis", since none of his future partners could fill the shoes of either (then deceased) Eberhard Feik or Christopher Waltz, often reducing the Schimanski-figure to a sort of lone wolf.

It's only a shame that Waltz never played alongside George again. Waltz as a (more-or-less) struggling actor in Germany and Austria had played numerous TV-thrillers, most which were pretty forgettable with the exception of Waltz performance itself. But, as we now know, the actor would in a few years time after "Blutsbrüder" go on to far bigger things, like winning the Oscars twice (so far) and establishing himself among the leading actors of Hollywood. "From 'Tatort' to Millionaire", so to speak. The episode in context of the new Schimanski films, gets a solid 8/10.

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