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Fleisch, also known as Spare Parts, is a 1979 West German made-for-television medical thriller/road movie directed by Rainer Erler and starring Jutta Speidel, Herbert Herrmann, and Wolf Roth.

A newly married couple, Michael and Monika (Herrmann and Speidel), are spending their honeymoon in the southwestern United States. Suddenly, the unbelievable happens: Michael is kidnapped and assaulted by paramedics in an ambulance. Monika escapes at the last minute, and is picked up by truck driver Bill (Roth). Together they embark on the search for the kidnapped husband, and encounter a dangerous and perfectly organized syndicate that supplies the world's wealthy customers with organs stolen from young, healthy people.

Remade in 2007, with Sebastian Ströbel and Theresa Scholze in the leading roles.


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The original film provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: Dr. Jackson, head of the organ smuggling ring.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "We bring meat for Dr. Jackson."
  • Double-Meaning Title: The German title can translate as either "meat" or "flesh."
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Averted; when Dr. Jackson's vehicle falls off a bridge in the finale, it doesn't go up like a tinderbox but simply smashes onto the street below.
  • Fanservice: During the lovemaking scene in the hotel, we are treated to some very nice shots of Michael and Monika's nude bodies (but mostly Monika's).
  • Fan Disservice:
    • It's kind of hard to appreciate seeing a beautiful twenty-something womannote  clad in only her underwear when she's running for her life from armed organ traffickers.
    • Later in the film, we see a rather unattractive man stripped down to his underwear by the truckers.
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  • Hell Hotel: The organ traffickers use the local fleabag hotel to capture their victims.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: After the truckers manage to corner the organleggers' van, one of the truckers strips the van's driver down to his underwear and places him in a refrigerated meat trailer in order to get him to reveal the smuggling ring's base of operations.
  • Notable Original Music: Ronnie Lee Williams sings the film's theme song, "How Much Is Anyone Worth?"
  • Novelization: There exists a novelized form of the film, written by the director himself.
  • Organ Theft: The main plot revolves around people being kidnapped, drugged, and having their organs sold to the highest bidder.

The remake provides examples of:

  • Setting Update: Whereas the original film was set in America, the remake is set in South Africa.


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