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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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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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The story was inspired by star Bruno S.'s own life, though mainly the Berlin portion of the film. See more »

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When Bruno and the gang buy the car, a camera reflection is visible on the window of the green pickup driving by. The driver of that vehicle looks at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Eva: No-one kicks you here Bruno.
Der Bruno Stroszek: Not physically, here they do it spiritually.
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**** out of ****
23 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fascinating, unique look at the American dream follows three German social misfits (Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz) as they travel to Railroad Flats, Wisconsin to seek a better life. Strange comic moments mesh together well with some extremely sad and moving moments. Superbly performed by everybody, although the cast is mostly non-actors. The documentary style shooting works well with the story. One of Herzog's best.


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