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Stroszek (1977)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 January 1977 (USA)
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno S. ...
Der Bruno Stroszek
Eva Mattes ...
Eva
Clemens Scheitz ...
Scheitz
Wilhelm von Homburg ...
Souteneur
Burkhard Driest ...
Souteneur
Clayton Szalpinski ...
Mechanic
Ely Rodriguez ...
Indian mechanic's helper
Alfred Edel ...
Jail headmaster
Scott McKain ...
Scott
Ralph Wade ...
Auctioneer
Michael Gahr ...
Prisoner Hoss
Vaclav Vojta ...
Doctor
Yuecsel Topcuguerler ...
Turk prisoner
Pit Bedewitz ...
Souteneur
Bob Evans ...
Bob Evans
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Storyline

Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva's pimps, they join Bruno's neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Herzog shot parts of this film in nearby Plainfield, Wisconsin. He heard that Plainfield was the home of Ed Gein (the infamous cannibal/murderer who was the inspiration for the book and movie "Psycho") and decided he just had to shoot the film there. See more »

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Bruno's coffee cup on the piano disappears. See more »

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[last lines]
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The Glory of America
17 January 1999 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This film provides Americans the opportunity to see what the USA looks like through a foreigner's eyes. It's no picnic, according to Herzog. Even more, the title characteris played by Bruno S., a certified schizophrenic that Herzog befriended. His acting style is nothing of the kind and adds a sense of honest bewilderment to the roles he has played. This story is the antithesis of the Horation Alger "American Dream" story. It is bizarre and moving in spite of itself. Herzog hits upon one of the greatest endings to any film attempting to sum up the character of the US: it takes place at a roadside carnival of sorts, that features the antics of trained animals, who dance and play the piano on command (not nearly as impressive as it sounds, just like America).


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