After eleven years spent in solitary confinement for the murder of a policeman, Perahim is released prematurely due to unusually good conduct. He has a son, whom he now wishes to look after. Whilst in prison, Perahim learnt the trade of a carpenter and now wants nothing more than to open his own workshop. But nobody believes him.

Chief Inspector Catran, Perahim’s longtime enemy, distrusts him as much as Bogini, a
former accomplice, does. Perahim tries to avoid them all: his former pals from the underworld, with whom he no longer wants anything to do with; the Police Commissioner, for whom he neither wants to serve as a spy, nor as a decoy; and Rosa, a nightclub singer and former lover, who wants him all to herself. But he doesn’t succeed.


Perahim: Heinz Bennent

Catran: Leon Askin

Rosa: Blanche Aubry

Bogini: Richard Münch

Anna: Anna Martins

Goller: Michael Janisch

Kress: Kurt Jaggberg

Vera: Annemarie Düringer

Claire: Kathina Kaiser



Director: Hans W. Geißendörfer

Scrrenplay: Hans W. Geißendörfer, based on the novel “Gangster Maximilian Perahim” bz C.V. Gheorghiu

Director of photography: Robby Müller

Production: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Germany 1973/74 | First screening on TV: 13.5.1974 | 104 minutes