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Jerry Cotton

Germany 2010
produced by
Christian Becker for Rat Pack Filmproduktion, B.A. Produktion, Studio Babelsberg, Beta Film
directed by Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert
starring Christian Tramitz, Christian Ulmen, Mónica Cruz, Christiane Paul, Heino Ferch, Jürgen Tarrach, Joram Voelklein, Herbert Knaup, Manou Lubowski, Janek Rieke, Moritz Bleibtreu, Tim Sikyea, Bruno F. Apitz, Ben Braun, Kai Holzapfel, Lara-Isabelle Rentinck, Anna Julia Antonucci, Jaymes Butler, Christopher Doll, Nele Kiper, Jörg Moukaddam, Azieb Kiflom, Wei Friedländer, Peter Brownbill, Tim Wilde, Wilfried Hochholdinger, Werner Lustig, Frank te Neues, Leonie Brandis, Alexander Wolf, Matthias Müsse, Manuel Kreuzpaintner, Tino Lau, Manuel Depta, Harald Glitz, Evelyn Hetzer, Tobias Kasimirowicz, Chantal Hourticolon, Adam-Victor Linkowski, Frank Gust, Tilman Lasch, Eridian Sommerfeld, Günther Kaufmann, Oliver Kalkofe, Frank Giering, Bastian Pastewka, Katrin Fröhlich (voice)
screenplay by Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert, Andreas Gaw (gag overwrite), based on characters from the magazine series G-Man Jerry Cotton published by Bastei Lübbe, music by Helmut Zerlett, Christoph Zirngibl, Jerry Cotton Theme by Peter Thomas

Jerry Cotton

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When super FBI man Jerry Cotton's (Christian Tramitz) arch nemesis Sammy Serrano (Moritz Bleibtreu) is found murdered, it leaves Cotton heart-broken - because Serrano is behind the one case Cotton never managed to crack, the theft of a fortune in gold that could never be recovered. Determined to not let go after Serrano's death even, Cotton follows a clue to a lovely night club dancer, Malena (Mónica Cruz), who leads him to a dingy apartment - but when Cotton arrives at the apartment, someone is thrown out of the window to his death, and it turns out to be Cotton's former partner Conroy (Janek Rieke). Also, among his things a file is found that directly links Cotton to the murder of Serrano - so someone has set Cotton up, and he now has to make a hasty getaway, with the only person he can trust being his inexperienced new partner Phil Decker (Christian Ulmen). The two soon are helped by of all people Malena, who together with thugs Klaus (Heino Ferch), Ruby (Jürgen Tarrach) and Rocco (Joram Voelklein) is involved with something set up by Serrano's successor.

The FBI soon organizes a manhunt on Cotton led by his spurned ex-partner Zanuck (Christiane Paul), but Cotton and company always manage to remain one step ahead. Eventually, Malena manages to get Decker, who proves to be a master of disguise into the gang posing as an Ukrainian safecracker, and eventually the plot becomes clear, Serrano's successor, whose identity remains shrouded, wants to smuggle the gold stolen in above heist, into the customs building in New York Harbour to get the gold out of the country undetected. Now overcoming Malena's gang is easy, especially since she's here to help, where it gets hard is capturing Serrano's successor, who of all people turns out to be Zanuck - but of course, Cotton ultimately succeeds ...

 

Jerry Cotton is a magazine series about a super FBI man working primarily in New York City that has been successfully published in Germany since 1954 and has spawned an octet of movies in the 1960s - so turning it into another movie in 2010 that ought to serve as its own parody - is an interesting idea at least. Unfortunately, the resulting film is ... just not very good: It doesn't work as its own parody as the comedy's just too random, and the film looks too much like any other action movie of its day and date, it doesn't really work as comedy as most jokes are disappointingly unfunny, and it doesn't even work as an action flick, as while everything looks slick and there are even some good ideas, the film is put in scene without any feel for urgency or tension, and even some of the best setpieces are sacrificed for cheap jokes, basically.

This could have been good - it just isn't ...

 

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