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Stroszek ()


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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

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Der Bruno Stroszek
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Eva
Clemens Scheitz ...
Scheitz
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Souteneur
Burkhard Driest ...
Souteneur
Clayton Szalpinski ...
Mechanic
Ely Rodriguez ...
Indian mechanic's helper
Alfred Edel ...
Jail headmaster
Scott McKain ...
Scott (as Scott Mc Kain)
Ralph Wade ...
Auctioneer
Michael Gahr ...
Prisoner Hoss
Vaclav Vojta ...
Doctor (as Dr. Vaclav Vojta)
Yuecsel Topcuguerler ...
Turk prisoner (as Yücsel Topcugürler)
Bob Evans ...
Bob Evans
Der Brave Beo ...
Beo
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Trucker Pimp (uncredited)

Directed by

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Werner Herzog

Written by

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Werner Herzog ... (book)

Produced by

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Willi Segler ... producer: ZDF (uncredited)

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Chet Atkins
Sonny Terry

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Thomas Mauch

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Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus

Editorial Department

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Willi Segler ... editorial staff

Production Management

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Walter Saxer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Edward Lachman ... assistant director (as Ed Lachman)

Sound Department

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Haymo Heyder ... sound (as Haymo Henry Heyder)
Peter van Anft ... sound

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Dieter Bähr ... lighting
Gunter Freyse ... still photographer
Stefano Guidi ... camera assistant: USA
Wolfgang Knigge ... camera assistant: Berlin
Edward Lachman ... camera II (as Ed Lachman)
Thomas Mauch ... camera

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Angelika Dreis ... co-worker
Peter Holz ... co-worker
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer ... production assistant
Cornelius Siegel ... co-worker
Henning von Gierke ... co-worker

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Les Blank ... special thanks (as Les Blanc)
Lutz Eisholz ... special thanks
Errol Morris ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck. After they are harried and beaten by the thugs who have been Eva's pimps, they join Bruno's neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin. In that winter bound, barren prairie, Bruno works as a mechanic, Eva as a waitress. They buy a trailer. Then, bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess the trailer, Eva wants privacy, and inexorably, the promise of a new life deserts Bruno. Written by

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Also Known As
  • La ballade de Bruno (France)
  • La ballade de Bruno (Canada, French title)
  • Bruno vándorlásai (Hungary)
  • La ballata di Stroszek (Italy)
  • Balladen om Bruno Strozek (Norway)
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  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia It is claimed that the late post-punk vocalist Ian Curtis (of Joy Division) watched this film just before his suicide. It can be seen before Curtis' suicide scenes in the movies 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Control (2007). The musician Elliott Smith (1969-2003) described himself as a fan of Bruno S. and Stroszek (1977), too. Just like Ian Curtis, he committed suicide later. See more »
Goofs Bruno's coffee cup on the piano disappears. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995). See more »
Soundtracks On the Way Down to Phoenix See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Deputy Sheriff: We have a 10-80 out here, a truck on fire, we have a man on the lift. We are unable to find the switch to turn the lift off, can't stop the dancing chickens. Send an electrician, we're standing by.
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