Created as a film for television by one of the leading filmmakers in Germany, known for his highly popular action television series’ that he is known to produce, Stephen Manuel came out with another brilliant entertainment package in his 2001 television movie, Schwarz & McMurphy. An action film, full of entertainment and comic relief and a great script, Schwarz & McMurphy, became one of the biggest television movie hits of the year. It is amazing how the script has been thoughtfully woven with the right amount of drama, action and comedy that makes it one of the best entertainers that you could ever get on the small screen.
Schwarz, a Berlin cop gets a once in a lifetime opportunity, offered by Interpol, to visit New York to be trained by the NYPD, so that he can learn their ways and tactics. He instantly grabs the opportunity, as training with the NYPD is like a dream come true for him. When he arrives in New York, Schwarz is handed over to McMurphy who is to be his guide and trainer for learning the ways of the NYPD. The innocent Berlin cop has a lot to learn from his superior here and one important thing that he learns is that tough NYPD policemen like McMurphy take the rule book as not a book of rules alone, but something that can be used as helpful hints while carrying out police operations.
Unfortunately during one of the police operations, Samantha, McMurphy’s partner gets killed by a blonde woman with a powerful weapon that she is carrying. Investigating the source of the weapon that killed his partner, McMurphy and Schwarz trace its origin to Berlin and so the two set off for Germany to track the manufacturer of this lethal weapon. Their investigation leads to the Berlin police, who is apparently supplying these deadly weapons to criminal outfits in New York like the one they had busted in the Big Apple. All the excitement of this investigation is too thrilling for Schwarz and he is eager to tell his superiors in the Berlin police department about it, but McMurphy has his own ways of handling matters.
Consisting of the adrenaline rush that any Hollywood movie would give us, Schwarz & McMurphy can give any movie of its genre even from its high budget counterparts a run for their money. Exceptionally made and with some brilliant acting, great special effects and good camerawork, the movie is something that can be recommended to anyone without a second thought. For those who are fond of action movies will find Schwarz & McMurphy a truly entertaining film and surprisingly way beyond a simple entertainer for television.
Stephen Manuel along with writers Mathias Dinter and Ivo Pala have brought to us a supposedly television film that can give tough competition to films from the big screen. The first thought of watching a television film does not sink in very well with the viewers, as they have no great expectations from it, but Schwarz & McMurphy breaks through all these notions, as once you start viewing the movie, you feel that you are watching a film from the big screen instead of a mere television film. It is hard to believe that you could watch such a brilliant movie produced solely for television viewing.
Director: Stephen Manuel
Cast: Alexandra Neldel,Wotan Wilke Moehring,T. Ricketts,Xenia Seeberg,Arnfried Lerche