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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (written by)
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2 February 1976 (USA) See more »
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Peter Chatel ... Eugen Thiess

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Franz Biberkopf
Karlheinz Böhm ... Max (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Adrian Hoven ... Wolf Thiess, Eugen's father
Christiane Maybach ... Hedwig
Harry Baer ... Philip (as Harry Bär)
Hans Zander ... Barman Springer
Kurt Raab ... Wodka-Peter
Rudolf Lenz ... Attorney Dr. Siebenkäss
Karl Scheydt ... Klaus
Peter Kern ... Florist 'Fatty' Schmidt
Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer ... Krapp (as Karl Heinz Staudenmeier)
Walter Sedlmayr ... Car dealer
Bruce Low ... Doctor
Marquard Bohm ... American Soldier (as Marquart Bohm)
Brigitte Mira ... Shopkeeper #2
Evelyn Künneke ... Secretary at Travel Agency
Barbara Valentin ... Max's wife
Elma Karlowa ... Shopkeeper #1
Ingrid Caven ... Singer in bar (as Ingrid Carven)
Lilo Pempeit ... Neighbour

Ulla Jacobsson ... Eugen's mother (as Ulla Jacobsen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hark Bohm ... Policeman Müller (uncredited)
Kitty Buchhammer ... (uncredited)
El Hedi ben Salem ... Salem the Moroccan (uncredited)
Irm Hermann ... Madame Cherie (uncredited)
Dietrich Kerky ... Kommissar (uncredited)
Ursula Strätz ... Madame Antoinette (uncredited)

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (written by)

Christian Hohoff (contributing writer)

Produced by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder .... producer
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Film Editing by
Thea Eymèsz  (as Thea Eymesz)
Production Design by
Kurt Raab 
Costume Design by
Helga Kempke 
Production Management
Lothar Elsässer .... production manager
Christian Hohoff .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irm Hermann .... assistant director
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist
Sound Department
Lothar Elsässer .... sound
Other crew
Wolfgang Hess .... voice dubbing: El Hedi ben Salem (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Faustrecht der Freiheit" - West Germany (original title)
"Fist-Fight of Freedom" - International (English title)
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123 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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The normally overweight Rainer Werner Fassbinder dieted strenuously to lose weight in order to play the role of Fox, which included a full-frontal nude scene.See more »
Max:There are drunks lying everywhere! The state should do something. It's the same everywhere. In Helsinki recently, there were so many drunks lying around even though it's hard to get alcohol in Finland.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorites, 7 December 2002
Author: Itchload from Massachusetts

Fassbinder is an acquired taste in every sense of the word. It took me awhile to be able to fully digest and appreciate his films, and even then it can be difficult.

Fox and His Friends is one of his "accessible" movies, but Fassbinder at his most accessible would probably highly alienate most movie goers.

I've seen this movie 3 times. The first time I thought "that was a good Fassbinder". The second time, I thought the same. The third time, I realized it was brilliant. It might be because I recently bought the amazing dvd, which has an excellent transfer. Fassbinder made his films quickly, very quickly, so a faded old videotape sometimes seems to reflect that. However, when seeing the crisp DVD I realized just how great the camera work was and how well-planned out the movie was.

This would make a good starting point for entering the world of Fassbinder I would think, it has it all: well-framed shots, black humor, and an extremely depressing ending. Depending on how much you can relate to this sort of thing, I would recommend checking it out.

p.s. The last scene was later homaged in My Own Private Idaho (another great movie) and Fassbinder gives a really good performance in the lead.

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