Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?) (1977)




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A technical designer enjoys a comfortable life with his wife and child. He has the approval of his boss and is in good health except for smoking too much according to his doctor. His wife is visited by a girlfriend one Sunday afternoon. The man is bored watching television and grabs a chandelier and kills the conversing women and his child. In a chilling display of nonchalance, he contemplates his own death by hanging in this disturbing feature. This film was the fourth for director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Kurt Raab
as Herr R
Lilith Ungerer
as His Wife
Amadeus Fengler
as Their Son
Peer Raben
as School Friend
Hanna Schygulla
as School Friend
Hannes Gromball
as Neighbor
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Critic Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Fassbinder and Fengler opt to impress upon us a sense of almost unbearable tedium, a strategy so effective that, when drama arrives in the film's closing minutes, the eruption of violence feels like a kind of relief.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

With a sardonic, scalpel-like technique, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his co-director, Michael Fengler, calmly and gleefully flay the West German version of the American dream.

Full Review… | May 11, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A revealing demonstration of how the style of a Fassbinder film becomes its subject.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Fassbinder navigates carefully between mockery and empathy, heightening the interior drama with his superior staging.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

provocative film that certainly isn't easy to forget%u2014as long as you patiently sit through its entirety

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Old School Reviews

Mysterious, mesmerizing.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

early fassbinder, very disturbing and dare i say influential. maybe where haneke and von trier got started. great performance by kurt raabe as herr r.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3mCOm4wxK3M/ScJyNOfiCrI/AAAAAAAAB44/omKDsLy73Is/s400/herrr.jpg[/img][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets along with his colleagues and is a dutiful husband; his wife's a social climber and pushes him to seek a promotion. His promotion may be a long shot, especially after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok?[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [center][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3mCOm4wxK3M/ScJyK8kFqdI/AAAAAAAAB4w/B4x6n0iRw3U/s400/herr.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Wow, with all the excitement of March Madness, I forgot to review this movie. In fact, during March, movie watching comes second (until Kansas gets beat [img]http://thelifecinematic.com/board/images/smilies/icon_cry.gif[/img]).[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Anyway, this movie was horribly dull. This is easily the worst Fassbinder film I've seen and I hope he has none worse than this. I'm completely fine with movie about nothing, where the beauty and reality of everyday life really comes through. Herr R, though, offered nothing for me to care about. The characters weren't likable (which is fine), but they also weren't interesting and in no way commanded any of my sympathy. And after watching them for an hour, when the (spoiler:) [color=black]shocking ending[/color] finally came, I did not care. In fact, I think I applauded. I do have to give Fassbinder a little credit for making something completely different from anything I've ever seen, but I would never even think about watching this again.[/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

Good, a little bland but that's partly to add to the film's dryness. Harsh movie, very obvious but in a way still pretty rewarding.

Max L
Max L

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