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15 February 1971 (West Germany) See more »
Michel and Guenther, working in dead-end jobs, are obsessed with going to Peru to find buried treasure... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hanna Schygulla ... Hanna
Michael König ... Michel

Günther Kaufmann ... Günther
Katrin Schaake ... Katrin - Hannas Freundin
Harry Baer ... Michels Kollege

Ulli Lommel ... Autohändler
Marius Aicher ... Meister
Walter Sedlmayr ... Sekretär
Carla Egerer ... Kundin (as Carla Aulaulu)
Joachim von Mengershausen ... Joachim - Katrins Freund
Hanna Axmann-Rezzori ... Mäzenin
Franz Maron ... Hannas Onkel
Elga Sorbas ... Secretary to Hannas Onkel

Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Kneipenbesucher
Eva Pampuch ... Freundin des Tänzers
Ingrid Caven ... Hannas Kollegin
Lilo Pempeit ... Günthers Mutter
Magdalena Montezuma ... Hannas Kollegin
Hanna Schmidt ... Hannas Kollegin
Molly von Fürstenberg ... Hannas Kollegin (as Kerstin Dobbertin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Amery ... Bibliothekar

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Hannas Tanzpartner
Monika Nüchtern ... Angestellte im Reisebüro (as Monika Stadler)
Kurt Raab ... Tankwart

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 

Produced by
Klaus Hellwig .... producer
Peer Raben .... producer (as Wilhelm Rabenbauer)
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
Cinematography by
Dietrich Lohmann 
Film Editing by
Thea Eymèsz 
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Alsch)
Production Design by
Kurt Raab 
Costume Design by
Kurt Raab 
Production Management
Michael Fengler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Baer .... assistant director
Kurt Raab .... assistant director
Sound Department
Klaus Eckelt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ekkehard Heinrich .... lighting technician
Herbert Paetzold .... assistant camera
Music Department
Tom Rapp .... composer: song "Morning song"
Other crew
Michael Fengler .... production coordinator
Volker Schlöndorff .... dedicatee

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Well worth checking out, 12 August 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Excellent early Fassbinder about two shiftless young men who decide, seemingly on the spur of a moment, that the next big step in their lives will be an extended expedition for treasure in Peru's Rio das Mortes region. One of their fiancées (Hanna Schygulla, as gorgeous and as great as ever) finds the notion stupid and wants to put a stop to it. It's a droll comedy and has a ton of great sequences. This is the first film in a Fassbinder bender I'm going on. I'm planning on seeing all of the films of his that have recently been released on DVD. I've been thinking a lot about this particular auteur lately. I don't think that enough time has passed since his untimely death to allow his career to be taken into proper perspective. Fassbinder reminds me a lot of Rohmer, Ozu, Godard and Bresson. He's in his own little world in his films (a world which changed a lot in the 13 or so years during which he was active), and a lot of people are still misunderstanding it as overly theatrical, or stilted, or otherwise. The more films one sees by him, the more one gets adjusted to this universe. I think Rio das Mortes is best appreciated by Fassbinder's fans, and is unlikely to make any new converts (start with Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fox and His Friends, and The Marriage of Maria Braun).

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