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Michael Kohlhaas: screencaps

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Jan. 1st, 1970 | 08:30 pm

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While Michael Kohlhaas' campaign gathers momentum, collecting various supporters, including students and bandits
along the way, Michael Gothard’s character, John, an ex-soldier, joins up with him.


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He is with his girlfriend as Kohlhaas’ group rides in, but he soon leaves her.

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He kills this unfortunate fellow – it’s not clear whether he has a reason, but his character seems to enjoy mayhem
for its own sake.

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While they are hanging round waiting for some action, they spot some girls.

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They catch them, but these particular girls don’t seem to mind.

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In the middle of his romantic interlude, John spots one of the enemy, and, still half-naked, goes haring after him
through the long grass, tackles and kills him.

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Back at the rebel base.

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John has a new girlfriend, Katrina, played by Anita Pallenberg.

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The two of them think Kohlhaas is too obsessed with Von Tronka, so they pretend that he is in the camp.

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The rebels decide to sack a nearby town, to look for Von Tronka.

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Mayhem ensues.

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John has just killed again. He briefly looks as if he is beginning to doubt his sanity.

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He finds a girl tied up.

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A bit later, we see Kohlhaas try to free the girl, but he fails, and she is killed by a burning building collapsing on her.

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Back at camp, Kohlhaas hears John mention raping a girl who was tied up. When Kohlhaas goes to check that he heard
correctly, John admits it; he probably saw no reason to deny it, as everyone else seemed to be about similar business.

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Though Kohlhaas has never been seen laying down any codes of conduct for his campaign, he decides to draw the line
here, and demands that John be hanged.

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Some of the camp followers, including John’s girlfriend, try to stop the hanging, but they fail.

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It appears that John is killed, not just for his own crimes, but those of the whole camp, and those of Kohlhaas
himself, who – earlier in the film – allows another of his followers be hanged, rather than reveal his whereabouts.

In the end, Martin Luther gets involved, and the horses are restored to health and given back to Kohlhaas, but he
is tortured and executed. His final act is to set the horses free.

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