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Woyzeck (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  24 August 1979 (USA)
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Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eva Mattes ...
Marie
Wolfgang Reichmann ...
Captain
Willy Semmelrogge ...
Doctor
Josef Bierbichler ...
Drum Major
Paul Burian ...
Andres
Volker Prechtel ...
Handwerksbursche (as Volker Prechtl)
Dieter Augustin ...
Marktschreier
Irm Hermann ...
Margret
Wolfgang Bächler ...
Jew
Rosemarie Heinikel ...
(as Rosy-Rosy Heinikel)
Herbert Fux ...
Unteroffizier
Thomas Mettke
Maria Mettke
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Everything in town appears calm, placid, lovely. But Woyzeck, a rifleman assigned as an orderly, hears voices -- the times are out of joint, at least in his cosmos. To his captain, Woyzeck is a comic marvel: ignorant but courageous, full of energy to little purpose. To a local doctor, Woyzeck is a curiosity, the object of cruel study. Woyzeck, 40, has a young wife, Marie, and a small child. He dotes on them, but Marie, even though she has periods of guilt and remorse, carries on affairs and flirtations. When the captain lets drop broad hints of Woyzeck's being a cuckold, his inner demons and the voices of the spheres take over. Will madness bring action? Of what sort? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The entire 80-minute film was shot with only 27 cuts. See more »

Goofs

As a barber, Woyzeck smears some foam on the Captain's forehead, but when the camera changes, the foam's gone. See more »

Quotes

Marie: [to her man during a fight] I'd rather have a knife in my body than your hand on me.
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Intense, Powerful, Disturbing
5 August 2000 | by (Washington,USA) – See all my reviews

One of Werner Herzog's most unrecognized films, Woyzeck is utterly brilliant.

Few films succeed at portraying frustration and madness as much as this. Among them are Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and Lodge Kerrigan's "Clean Shaven"

Klaus Kinski's performance is so good that just watching him is tiring, and the viewer is left anticipating when he will finally snap. Few films stick with me as much as this one and the sped up opening sequence is one of the most memorable opening scenes of any film I've seen.


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