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Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
"Warum läuft Herr R. Amok" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 November 1977 (USA)
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With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilith Ungerer ...
Kurt Raab ...
Lilo Pempeit ...
Kollegin im Büro
Franz Maron ...
Chef
Harry Baer ...
Kollege im Büro (as Harry Bär)
Peter Moland ...
Kollege im Büro
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Schulfreundin
Ingrid Caven ...
Nachbarin
Irm Hermann ...
Nachbarin
Doris Mattes ...
Nachbarin
Hannes Gromball ...
Nachbar
Vinzenz Sterr ...
Opa Raab (as Herr Sterr)
Maria Sterr ...
Oma Raab (as Frau Sterr)
Peer Raben ...
Schulfreund
Eva Pampuch ...
Schallplattenverkäuferin
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With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues although his boss wants him to go beyond technical cleanliness to problem solving. He's a dutiful husband; his wife's a social climber and pushes him to seek a promotion, but they also share sweet moments. He's a caring father, helping his son with homework. His parents visit; his mother criticizes his wife. Old School friends drop by, as do neighbors. Some comment on Raab's wife's expensive tastes. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?  »

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In 2003 on a interview for Village Voice Hanna Schygulla claimed that this film was completely done by director Michael Fengler, whereas purported co-director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had nothing to do with the actual film. She also claimed that film was almost completely improvised which wasn't Fassbinder's way to make movies. Fassbinder still is credited as director and writer on the actual film and on many official sources, including Fassbinder Foundation's website. This fact has been confirmed by Michael Fengler himself in the 2008 documentation Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher (2008). He reported, that Fassbinder was involved neither in writing nor in directing of the movie and has visited the movie set at most twice during shooting. See more »

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When Herr R. leaves the doctor the camera team can be seen in the mirror on the wall. See more »

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One of the best Fassbinder movies
4 September 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific movie. I have seen the unsettling ending of it years ago. Today I was watching it from DVD. My recollection of the ending was so strong that I remembered all small details.

Highly sensitively Fassbinder gives insight into the life of a man that runs amok. Fassbinder succeeds in showing the motives of a crazy amok run.

If you don't know any of Fassbinders movies you must be aware that this is different than anything you know. Fassbinder portrays a man that lacks self-awareness and is poor of showing his emotions and who does not do more than he is asked for in his job. Herr R. is slow in mind and words. And yet, all that does not accumulate to his amok run. What does is hidden behind a surface that Fassbinder discloses one by one... 9 out of 10.


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