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Fox and His Friends (1975)

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Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) was one of the many films in the short, but prolific, career of German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Franz Biberkopf, a financially poor gay man who performs in a traveling circus as Fox the Talking Head. One day, he lucks into winning half a million marks in a lottery. This attracts the attention of numerous swindlers, including Eugen (Peter Chatel), who becomes Fox's lover, gets Fox to spend the money on Eugen, and then dumps Fox mercilessly once the money is gone. Unable to come to terms with how he has been used, and miserable at being in the same place he was before he won the money, Fox commits suicide. The cast is rounded out by El Hedi ben Salem and Brigitte Mira, the stars of Fassbinder's celebrated Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Fox, Franz Bieberkopf / 'Fox', Franz Biberkopf
Peter Chatel
as Eugen Thiess
Harry Baer
as Philip
Peter Kern
as Florist 'Fatty' Schmidt
Hans Zander
as Barman Springer
Kurt Raab
as Wodka-Peter
Irm Hermann
as Mlle. Cherie de Paris (uncredited)
Ursula Strätz
as Madame Antoinette (uncredited)
Elma Karlowa
as Shopkeeper #1
Barbara Valentin
as Max's wife
Bruce Low
as Doctor
Walter Sedimyn
as Car dealer
Evelyn Künneke
as Secretary at Travel Agency
Ingrid Caern
as Singer in bar
Marquard Bohm
as American Soldier
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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…

This 1975 melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of his better middle-period films.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

the central relationship fits the dramatic requirements and dutifully fulfills its mission of acting as a microcosm for the insidious nature of social and economic manipulation, but it never feels real

January 25, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Fassbinder gives an excellent performance as the abused Fox, and the direction is of his usual high standard.

September 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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½

An interesting portrait of love and wealth from an in form Fassbinder.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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