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Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 July 1977 (USA)
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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Der Bruno Stroszek
Eva Mattes ...
Eva
Clemens Scheitz ...
Scheitz
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Souteneur
Burkhard Driest ...
Souteneur
Clayton Szalpinski ...
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Ely Rodriguez ...
Indian mechanic's helper
Alfred Edel ...
Jail headmaster
Scott McKain ...
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Ralph Wade ...
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Michael Gahr ...
Prisoner Hoss
Vaclav Vojta ...
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Yuecsel Topcuguerler ...
Turk prisoner (as Yücsel Topcugürler)
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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Stroszek is also the name of the leading character in Herzog's Lebenszeichen (1968). Herzog got the name Stroszek from one of his former classmates who once helped him cheat on a test and used his name as a tribute to him. See more »

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

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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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