Fox and His Friends 1975

Fox and His Friends

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In this dark examination of love and money, Fox (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) is a young, gay member of the German working class. When he meets the older and dapper Max, who has upper-class roots, Fox thinks he may have found someone to help him out, but Max refuses to do so. However, this changes when Fox wins big on the lottery, and Max becomes friendlier and helps to reinvent Fox. But, in fact, Max and his friends are slyly trying to swindle him out of his new fortune.

Cast & Crew

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Franz Bieberkopf alias 'Fox'
Peter Chatel
Eugen Thiess
Karlheinz Böhm
Max
Adrian Hoven
Wolf Thiess, Eugen's father
Ulla Jacobsson
Eugen's mother
Peer Raben
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Josef Niessen
Original Music
Michael Ballhaus
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Thea Eymèsz
Film Editor
Kurt Raab
Production Design
Helga Kempke
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Critic Reviews for Fox and His Friends

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3)

  • This melodramatic fable of emotional extremes is sharp and precise-nowhere more than in Fassbinder's attention to the price of domestic comforts and industrial necessities.

    September 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Here is a movie about characters who define themselves by their sexuality, but the movie doesn't. It takes the sexuality as a given, and defines them by their values and morals.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Make no mistake, this is the real Queer as Folk, but for all of Fassbinder's gripes with an elite gay culture's many sexual hang-ups, Fox and His Friends is first and foremost a riveting evocation of Social Darwinism in action.

    August 31, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • One of Fassbinder's most poignant melodramas, Fox and His Friends has lost none its resonance as both pointed social commentary and a moral fable.

    September 15, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fox and His Friends

  • May 23, 2016
    An interesting portrait of love and wealth from an in form Fassbinder.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2013
    Another successful allegory in which Fassbinder illustrates again his main recurrent theme of the exploitability of feelings through a sharp and painfully sad story about how love can be used as a most efficient instrument of manipulation, humiliation and repression.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2013
    one of fassbinder's more accessible films, it's the story of a sideshow carny who wins the lottery and tries to move up in society by means of a refined lover and his snobby circle. sadly, fox is only being used by his so called friends. fassbinder plays the lead very effectively here. he'll break your heart
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2010
    "Fox and His Friends" is a depressing tale, but it's easier to watch than many other Fassbinder films. A naive slacker ("Fox," portrayed by Fassbinder himself) wins the lottery. Tellingly, Fassbinder the director lets this joyous moment occur offscreen, and quickly jumps ahead to the unsettling aftermath. After Fox's new wealth becomes known, he quickly makes friends with Eugen Thiess, the dashing son of a successful industrialist. As virtually every male in the film is homosexual, Fox and Eugen soon become lovers. But homosexuality is just the casual backdrop here -- the real issue is that the Thiess family riches are not what they appear to be, and Eugen soon sets on a course to ruthlessly swindle Fox out of his fortune. This is not a "twist," because Eugen's treacherousness is obvious from the start. Fox tries to make his way in Eugen's aristocratic world, but he is coarse, clumsy and uneducated. His new peers offer him little but passive-aggressive condescension, but Fox is too thick to perceive this. Meanwhile, Eugen methodically chips away at Fox's holdings. "Fox and His Friends" is not as visually stylized as some other Fassbinder films, which is somewhat of a relief. The biggest problem is that its 123 minutes begin to drag before the tale reaches its inevitable, grim conclusion. It's a lot of film for such a simple, cautionary story.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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