Suburban Roulette (1977)


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Movie Info

This independent film concerns three married couples who engage in wife-swapping in suburbia. The only complimentary thing about the film is the description of being a low-budget sexploitation feature in which the characters are amateurs and don't even remove their bathing suits. Don't fail to miss this one.

Rating: R (nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herschell Gordon Lewis
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On DVD: Jun 10, 2003
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as Ilene Fisher

as Bert Fisher

as Margo Elston

as Ron Elston

as Marty Conley

as Cindy Fisher

as Traunitz
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Critic Reviews for Suburban Roulette

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Taking one step at a time, Mr. Fassbinder is exploring new methods of cinema narrative that are more original and daring than anything I've yet to see by film makers who call themselves avant-garde.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The camera seems much more interested in exploring the glass and chrome furnishings than in examining the characters, and by the time the film is finished, so is the audience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Fassbinder's grinning, glittering comedy

Full Review… | November 16, 2009

Excellent Fassbinder film from the director's Douglas Sirk-influenced period.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A very gloomy melodrama.

Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Suburban Roulette


A revealing drama that deserves praise for its exceptional direction, as Fassbinder creates an unsettling atmosphere mostly through an evoking soundtrack and a wonderful camera work that makes every shot look like they could be framed and put on a wall.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Chinese Roulette" starts out with Gerhard Christ(Alexander Allerson) telling his wife, Ariane(Margit Carstensen), that he is leaving on a business trip to Oslo. He was telling the truth about going to the airport; just not the part about meeting his French lover, Irene Cartis(Anna Karina), there and taking her to his mansion in the country. When they get there, they discover that Ariane and her lover, Kolbe(Ulli Lommel), are already horizontal. Surprisingly, everybody is pleasant to everybody else until the Christs' handicapped daughter, Angela(Andrea Schober), shows up with her governess, Traunitz(Macha Meril), in tow.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Chinese Roulette" is an intriguing, well-made movie about family and the responsibility parents have towards children, especially if they are handicapped. Material support is not enough; emotional care is even more important. The parents view Angela as some kind of monster(and it is debatable...), but if she is, it is only because of their neglect. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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