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Georg Büchner (play) and
Werner Herzog (writer)
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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Intense, Powerful, Disturbing See more (35 total) »


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Klaus Kinski ... Woyzeck
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 ... Käthe (as Rosy-Rosy Heinikel)

Herbert Fux ... Unteroffizier
Thomas Mettke
Maria Mettke

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Writing credits
Georg Büchner (play)

Werner Herzog  writer

Cinematography by
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
Set Decoration by
Henning von Gierke 
Costume Design by
Gisela Storch 
Production Management
Walter Saxer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mirko Tichacek .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Fontaine .... sound assistant
Harald Maury .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Chiarini .... still photographer
Mike Gast .... second cinematographer
Other crew
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... continuity

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Colombia:74 min | Hong Kong:81 min | USA:82 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The entire 80-minute film was shot with only 27 cuts.See more »
Continuity: Blood stains on Woyzeck's sleeve continuously change their extension and color from one scene to another.See more »
Marie:[to her man during a fight] I'd rather have a knife in my body than your hand on me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Incident at Loch Ness (2004)See more »


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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Intense, Powerful, Disturbing, 5 August 2000
Author: ( from Washington, USA

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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