Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom)
Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and His Friends) (Fist-Fight of Freedom) (1975)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's brilliant melodramas from the 1970s.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

It excludes all life that is not within the very narrow intentions of its author. Its pores have been painted over.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film's stark relentlessness has power to move an audience.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of Fassbinder's own personal favorites, the powerful Fox and His Friends may also be the greatest gay film ever made.

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Entertaining but oddly parsed coming of age tale. For Fassbinder enthusiasts only.


Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Another successful allegory in which Fassbinder illustrates again his main recurrent theme of the exploitability of feelings, through a sharp and painfully sad… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Eric Broome
"Fox and His Friends" is a depressing tale, but it's easier to watch than many other Fassbinder films. A naive slacker ("Fox,"… More