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Fox and His Friends ()

Faustrecht der Freiheit (original title)
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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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Eugen Thiess
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Franz Biberkopf
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Max (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
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Wolf Thiess, Eugen's father
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Hedwig
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Philip (as Harry Bär)
Hans Zander ...
Barman Springer
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Wodka-Peter
Rudolf Lenz ...
Attorney Dr. Siebenkäss
Karl Scheydt ...
Klaus
Peter Kern ...
Florist 'Fatty' Schmidt
Karl-Heinz Staudenmeyer ...
Krapp (as Karl Heinz Staudenmeier)
Walter Sedlmayr ...
Car dealer
Bruce Low ...
Doctor
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American Soldier (as Marquart Bohm)
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Shopkeeper #2
Evelyn Künneke ...
Secretary at Travel Agency
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Max's wife
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Shopkeeper #1
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Singer in bar (as Ingrid Carven)
Lilo Pempeit ...
Neighbour
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Eugen's mother (as Ulla Jacobsen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hark Bohm ...
Policeman Müller (uncredited)
Katherina Buchhammer ...
Madame Antoinette (uncredited)
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Salem the Moroccan (uncredited)
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Madame Cherie / Bar Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Dietrich Kerky ...
Kommissar Braun (uncredited)
Ursula Strätz ...
Isabel (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... (written by)
 
Christian Hohoff ... (contributing writer)

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... producer

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Peer Raben

Cinematography by

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Michael Ballhaus

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Thea Eymèsz ... (as Thea Eymesz)

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Kurt Raab

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Helga Kempke

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Lothar Elsässer ... production manager
Christian Hohoff ... production manager

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Irm Hermann ... assistant director

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Clément Hurel ... poster artist

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Lothar Elsässer ... sound

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Wolfgang Hess ... voice dubbing: El Hedi ben Salem (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fox and His Friends (United States)
  • Fox and His Friends (World-wide, English title)
  • Fist-Fight of Freedom (World-wide, English title)
  • Fox and His Friends (United Kingdom)
  • Fox (United Kingdom)
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  • 123 min
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Budget DEM450,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt - Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Bird On A Wire 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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