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Fox and His Friends (1975)

Faustrecht der Freiheit (original title)
A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christian Hohoff (contributing writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Chatel ... Eugen Thiess
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Franz Biberkopf
Karlheinz Böhm ... Max (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Adrian Hoven ... Wolf Thiess, Eugen's father
Christiane Maybach ... Hedwig
Harry Baer ... Philip (as Harry Bär)
Hans Zander Hans Zander ... Barman Springer
Kurt Raab ... Wodka-Peter
Rudolf Lenz Rudolf Lenz ... Attorney Dr. Siebenkäss
Karl Scheydt Karl Scheydt ... Klaus
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Florist 'Fatty' Schmidt
Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer ... Krapp (as Karl Heinz Staudenmeier)
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Car dealer
Bruce Low Bruce Low ... Doctor
Marquard Bohm ... American Soldier (as Marquart Bohm)
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Storyline

Working class and middle-upper class worlds come together in this interesting look at class conflict within the gay world from the German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Fox, he is working class, a former circus performer who wins the lottery of DM 500,000. His life starts to look up and doesn't have to struggle financially. Fox can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. He begins a new relationship with Eugen, creates a business partnership, and his life is looking bright. While he wants to climb up the social ladder, it isn't without turmoil, and being torn between his old working class roots, and the shiny new facade of middle class consciousness. Written by Nathan Niessen

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Taglines:

Survival of the fittest.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

2 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

DEM 450,000 (estimated)
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City Film,Tango Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The normally overweight Rainer Werner Fassbinder dieted strenuously to lose weight in order to play the role of Fox, which included a full-frontal nude scene. See more »

Quotes

Max: There are drunks lying everywhere! The state should do something. It's the same everywhere. In Helsinki recently, there were so many drunks lying around even though it's hard to get alcohol in Finland.
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Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques
Written by Georges Moustaki
Performed by Georges Moustaki
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Fassbinder is excellent.
30 May 2003 | by Quirky-See all my reviews

The ironically titled Fox and His Friends, Fassbinder's rather excellent study of a none-too-bright circus worker who wins a small fortune in the lottery, is a touching film that features a great performance from Fassbinder himself in the title role. A reflection on the class system and homosexual relationships of 1970's Germany, Fox and His Friends is unsentimental and guileless most of the time. Fox (Fassbinder) is one of the main attractions of a circus like festival, with his lover being arrested for tax fraud. Fox somehow knows he'll win the lottery, so when he picks up a wealthy man at the local 'pick-up toilets', Fox makes sure he reaches the store in time to lodge his ticket. Cut to Fox celebrating his 500 000 marks win, he's drinking in his usual tavern with the effete bar staff and clientele. Fox then somehow becomes involved with a somewhat arrogant and pretentious man, already in a relationship, who takes the naïve Fox for a ride, spending his money in selfish and extravagant ways. Fassbinder's melodrama is droll and poignant, with a tragically ironic ending. Oh, and you have to give extra marks to a director who inserts lengthy nude scenes of themselves in their films.


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