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A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on the true story of of Germany's most famous child murderer Juergen Bartsch who, between the ages of 15 and 19, abused, tortured and killed four schoolboys in the Ruhr region of Germany from 1962 to 1966.

  1. Kai S. Pieck

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Paul Moor


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tobias Schenke

    Tobias Schenke

    Jürgen Bartsch im Alter

  2. Ulrike Bliefert

    Ulrike Bliefert

    Gertrud Bartsch

  3. Walter Gontermann

    Walter Gontermann

    Gerhard Bartsch

  4. Jürgen Christoph Kamcke

    Father Seidlitz

  5. Sebastian Rüger

    Young Deacon

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The Child I Never Was
The Child I Never Was


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Original Title Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 1, 2002


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 23m

Budget -

Revenue -



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