o.k. (film)

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Directed by Michael Verhoeven
Produced by Rob Houwer
Written by Michael Verhoeven
Starring Gustl Bayrhammer
Hartmut Becker
Hanna Burgwitz
Rolf Castell (de)
Music by Axel Linstädt
Cinematography Igor Luther
Claus Neumann
Distributed by Houwer-Film
Film- und Fernsehproduktion Munich
Release date
  • June 1970 (1970-06) (Berlin)
Running time
79 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

o.k. is a 1970 West German anti-war film directed by Michael Verhoeven. It was chosen as West Germany's official submission to the 43rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not manage to receive a nomination.[1][2] The film was also entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. However, the competition was cancelled and no prizes were awarded, over controversy surrounding the film.[3]


A four-man US fireteam on patrol seizes a passing young Vietnamese girl and continue to torture and kill her. Only one soldier refuses to take part in it and reports this incident to his superior, who dismisses it as simple wartime incident. As a consequence for his report, the soldier has to fear for his life. Later, the perpetrators are convicted, although subsequent appeals reduce their sentences significantly.

The plot takes place in a Bavarian forest and reenacts the 1966 Incident on Hill 192 during the Vietnam War. The soldiers wear US uniforms, have authentic names but speak with a pronounced Bavarian accent—a conscious directing decision known as Brechtian distancing effect.


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  1. ^ H. G. Pflaum. "On the history of the German candidates for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film". German Films. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1970: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 

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