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The Merchant of Four Seasons ()

Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (original title)
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Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction... See more »

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Hans Epp / Husband
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Irmgard Epp / Wife
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Anna Epp / Hans's single sister
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Harry Radek / 2nd salesman
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Anzell / Irmgard's lover
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Renate Epp / Hans's daughter
Gusti Kreissl ...
Mother Epp
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Hans's great love
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Kurt / Heide's husband
Heide Simon ...
Heide / Hans's married sister
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Dr. Harlach
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Marile / The whore
Lilo Pempeit ...
Customer
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Fruit cart salesman (as Walther Sedlmayer)
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The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)
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1st Candidate
Michael Fengler ...
Playboy
Hark Bohm ...
Chief Policeman
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2nd Candidate (as Harry Bär)
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Zucker / Hans's friend (uncredited)
Peter Gauhe ...
Kurt (uncredited) (voice)
Sigi Graue ...
Mann am Stammtisch / Man at the meeting table (uncredited)
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Mann Am Stammtisch / Man at the Meeting Table (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... ()

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Dietrich Lohmann

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Thea Eymèsz ... (as Thea Eymesz)

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Kurt Raab

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Kurt Raab ... (uncredited)
Uta Wilhelm ... (uncredited)

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Ingrid Caven ... production manager (as Ingrid Fassbinder)
Christian Hohoff ... unit production manager
Karl Scheydt ... unit production manager

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Harry Baer ... assistant director (as Harry Bär)

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Peter Gauhe ... assistant camera
Ekkehard Heinrich ... lighting technician
Herbert Paetzold ... assistant camera

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Harry Baer ... script (as Ilse Zott)
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Plot Summary

Fruit vendor Hans (Hans Hirschmüller) cannot please his family. His mother harps on his failures. His wife is openly discontent. He must peddle produce to his beloved ex-girlfriend, and he is mocked by his customers for being shorter and fatter than his wife. He is withdrawn, crushed, and humiliated. He can not meet the high standards of his mother, he has to give up his job as a police officer when he gets involved with a prostitute in the office. He turns to drinking and violence, but his rage causes his wife and daughter to leave him. While desperately begging for their return, he suffers a debilitating heart attack. His family comes back, but Hans is unable to work and must hire help for his fruit stand. Hans' first employee is his wife's ex-lover, whom he fires for embezzling. He then hires a friend and hero from his legionnaire days, Harry (Klaus Löwitsch), out of pity. Harry is hardworking, diligent, and clever. He turns Hans' business around and enlivens his home life. Harry's success also begins to displace Hans -- with his fruit stand, with his wife, and even with his child. Hans becomes useless, a nothing -- exactly what his mother, his wife, and those around him set him up to be. Written by lament

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Also Known As
  • The Merchant of Four Seasons (World-wide, English title)
  • The Merchant of Four Seasons (United States)
  • Le marchand des quatre saisons (France)
  • El mercader de las cuatro estaciones (Spain)
  • Frugthandlerens fire årstider (Denmark)
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  • 88 min
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Budget DEM325,000 (estimated)

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Movie Connections Edited into Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt - Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Buona Notte See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Hans Epp: Fresh pears!
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