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

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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TV Guide

A dark and bitter work that is difficult for some viewers and fascinating for others.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Works as caustic anti-theater theater.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Mysterious, mesmerizing.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

'Its condemnation of the acceptance of life as determined by societal convention is so strongly felt that the extremity of the finale is...as encouraging as it is disturbing.'

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
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.