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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971)
"Händler der vier Jahreszeiten" (original title)

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Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Hirschmüller ...
Hans Epp
Irm Hermann ...
Irmgard Epp
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Anna Epp, Hans's sister
Andrea Schober ...
Renate Epp, Hans's daughter
Gusti Kreissl ...
Mother Epp
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Harry Radek
Karl Scheydt ...
Anzell
Ingrid Caven ...
The merchant's great love
Kurt Raab ...
Kurt, Heide's husband
Heide Simon ...
Heide, Hans's second sister
Peter Chatel ...
Dr. Harlach
Elga Sorbas ...
Marile Kosemund, a whore
Lilo Pempeit ...
Customer
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Fruit cart salesman (as Walther Sedlmayer)
El Hedi ben Salem ...
The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)
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Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more depressed he becomes. One sociable day, while toasting his friends and family, he decides to drink himself to death. Written by lucifershalo

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4 November 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Händler der vier Jahreszeiten  »

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DEM 325,000 (estimated)
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References Written on the Wind (1956) See more »

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Buona Notte
(uncredited)
Written by Rocco Granata & Jules Verard
Performed by Rocco Granata
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It put me in a bad mood

I rented the movie at the local library, since I had years earlier seen Angst Essen Die Seele Auf, and liked it. It started very interesting with Hans Epp returning from a spell with the Foreign Legion, but the first thing his mother told him was how he was a failure and always would be. "Was ist traurig VorMittag ist noch traurig NachMittag" But I found the actors in this movie to be like zombies. It might be that they just depicted a dreary every day life, but I felt midways into the film that I don`t need to have these pictures inside my head, so I pressed the stop button and in stead put on the other film I had rented at the library, an episode of Star Trek Voyager.

Not that this is a bad movie, it was just tragic to watch at the time.


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