Fox and His Friends
Fox and His Friends (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: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% 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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TV Guide

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

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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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Ray Pride

Brute beauty... quietly savage 1975 x-ray of the exploitation of a simple man... startles with its dense, concrete tapestry of trashy fairgrounds and garishly tasteless apartments and bolthole gay bars and swimming pools and horrifying exploitation.

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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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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 88% 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
Marcus Woolcott
An interesting portrait of love and wealth from an in form Fassbinder.
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