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Fox and His Friends (1975)

Faustrecht der Freiheit (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1976 (USA)
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 ... 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:

Fox and His Friends See more »

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Budget:

DEM 450,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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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Inspired by the films of Douglas Sirk. Sirk had this to say of Fassbinder: "There is a certain kind of artist--the reckless genius. He just shrugs all setbacks off, he is so ultimately convinced that he is bound to succeed. Now Fassbinder has that. I'm not necessarily saying he's a genius--but I personally think he is--but he has that kind of confidence in his own talent. And in Germany, he needs it." See more »

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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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Boy wins lottery, boy loses himself
2 September 2003 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

This is the first Fassbinder film I've seen, thanks to Francois Ozon, whose adaptation of Fassbinder's play Water Drops on Burning Rocks turned me on to him. After seeing Fox and His Friends, which stars Fassbinder, I most definitely want more. The story here is familiar - 'loser' gets to win big time and discovers how quickly people are willing - and able - to exploit him. It's the way the piece is written and performed that elevates it above predictability; there is a certain tongue-in-cheek quality to the proceedings that make it thoroughly captivating, through to the bitter end.


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