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

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


Kurt Raab
as Herr R
Lilith Ungerer
as Herr R's Wife
Amadeus Fengler
as Their Son
Hanna Schygulla
as School Friend
Harry Bar
as Office Worker
Peter Moland
as Office Worker
Mr. Sterr
as Father
Mrs. Sterr
as Mother
Peer Raben
as School Friend
Carla Aulaulu
as Salesgirls in Record Shop
Eva Pampuch
as Salesgirls in Record Shop
Ingrid Caven
as Neighbor
Doris Mattes
as Neighbor
Irm Hermann
as Neighbor
Peter Hamm
as Inspector
Jochen Pinkert
as Inspector
Eva Madelung
as Boss's Sister
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Critic Reviews for Warum Lauft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

All Critics (12) | 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.

May 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 12, 2014

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

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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

January 1, 2000

The movie is almost devoid of action and the characters are so long-winded and boring, one wonders if the cast knew the camera was running.

August 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Despite not being as well known as some of his later masterpieces, Why Does Herr R Run Amok? makes for an ideal introduction to the expansive oeuvre of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

June 4, 2020 | Full Review…

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
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