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Herr R. (Kurt Raab - Satan's Brew ), a middle-class German, leads a life of boredom and quiet desperation. Between the blandness of his job and the disappointments and frustration of his family life, Herr R. can find no peace. When the tensions of his excruciatingly ordinary existence build to intolerable levels. Herr R. calmly responds in brutal fashion. Employing long uninterrupted takes and improvisational scenes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's bleak yet comic masterpiece pre-figures the Dogme movement by more than 25 years.

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  • Actors: Lilith Ungerer, Kurt Raab, Lilo Pempeit, Franz Maron, Harry Baer
  • Directors: Michael Fengler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Writers: Michael Fengler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEVDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?" on IMDb

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Indeed, each scene conveys the sheer drabness of his daily routine.
Curt Surly
His family is very similar as well, mocking him for attempting to be human and frail, where others hide their insecurities through their bullying and coldness.
Grigory's Girl
This is one of those movies that you'll either love or hate I imagine.
M. Hencke

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Curt Surly on June 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This film requires concentration and repeat viewings. Fassbinder employs exceedingly long takes and a relatively still camera to portray a man slowly being led to the end of his tether.
Herr R (Kurt Raab, a Fassbinder regular) is everyman. Indeed, each scene conveys the sheer drabness of his daily routine. Work, wife, in-laws. None of it registers. Despite the perfect middle class life--emotionally, he's stone. It has been said that he is invisible in this film. Certainly, he is not seen as something particularly dynamic or magnetic. He doesn't attract people, none of his co-workers seem interested in him personally. Likewise, he doesn't seem interested in them.
But he does feel. He's passionate about music, sings a gorgeous, heartbreaking ballad that causes him to sigh slightly and look even more wan and dejected than usual. His wife bores him, her friends irritate him. Work is a release of sorts, but he's not making any progress there. He tries to impress the right people but he ends up making a total ass of himself.
All of these factors lead him on a particular course. Hence, the title of the film. The key to answering it is careful, patient viewing. This is a brilliant example of building up evidence to support myriad theses about the motivations of a fundamental character. Just be focusing on Herr Raab's face provides essential clues as to the forces that drive him towards his destiny. Great film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adella L. Wright on June 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a film that should not be too thouroughly explained prior to watching. Mostly it is a series of the every day happenings in the life of Herr R, a reticent underachiever. He is the child of a certain spiritless bourgeois existence. We watch him at his job, not quite making points with the boss, not quite winning the favour of his coworkers. We watch him try to teach his average, but slightly dreamy, son to pronounce properly. We watch his wife hosting the self-absord and catty neighbors to tea. In short, we watch an unextraordinary bit of an unextraordinary life, which is somehow familiar and for some reason completely entrancing. As one watches it can't helped but be asked why wouldn't Herr R run amok?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on March 8, 2007
Format: DVD
why does herr r run amok is not a typical fassbinder movie - and it stands out stylistically from the other 50 or so movies he made... It is shot almost like a documentary.. improvised scenes that bring so much realism to the screen.. it is an interesting look at the german middle class of the time period.. and what it takes to drive a man insane... it is the realism that is so consistently presented throughout the film which makes the climax so unnerving.. it is like real life in the moment.. there is no escaping the images on the screen.. in most movies we are shielded by a sound track (which tells us how to react) or by visual cues like cutting back and forth or zooming.. there is nothing of that here no visual safety net.. This is a young and talented cast and director.. one of the early antitheatre films which would eventually evolve into a more cinematic melodramatic style.. but it are these early groundbreaking works that would set the framework for an inspired and all too brief career..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rafael J Salin-Pascual on June 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Warun läudt Herr R. Amok? ( Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?)

"Amok", is a Malaysian word that means: murderous attack like frenzy runaway. The word came from Malaysian culture. A person, generally a man, start killing people without any clear provocation. The person with Amok use to kill himself after finishing the man slaughter. In USA, Columbine Massacre, is an unfortunately example for " follie-a-deux (madness of two).
This is the third film of Reinnaer W. Fassbinder. A simple person, Kurt Raab (Herr R), shy, that smoke a lot as the doctor told him, (but all the characters and the crew smoke a lot), because he is too anxious of about all that is going on in his life, just everything!. His wife Frau R ( Lilith Ungerer) is the kind of people who talk all the time. So one may think, if somebody would be capable to listen Herr R, could be, by doing that, to have the chance to release what ever was built-up inside?. The character of this woman, Herr R's wife, started the deeply observation about female psychology that Fassbinder performed all over his cinematographic works. Herr R, is a shy individual, almost with social phobia, having some problems with the interaction with several persons. Specially with his boss, in the drawing architect bureau.
Yes, Herr R is shy person, the contrary of Reiner Fassbinder, that could be so amusing himselfe in developing this character that resemble the other side of the coin, the opposite of Reinner's personality (almos hypo manic sometimes): But Herr R., never receive enough attention of the others, insecure always trying to recapitulated what others just have said , in front of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on September 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I just finished watching Funny Ha Ha, a cinema verite, "mumblecore" film, and I thought of this film. This film is done is the same realistic style as that one, except this is much darker, brooding, tense, and funny. I adore Fassbinder, and I've seen this film a few times. It has a really creepy power to it, a tension that you can't really explain. The takes are very long (as opposed to Funny Ha Ha), and there is an unmistakeable bleakness to the proceedings which makes this film memorable (and a lot more memorable than Funny Ha Ha). Fassbinder captures the boredom and underlying violence of middle class morality, and it explodes in the final scene, which is realistic and terrifying at the same time. And there's something sad here, you feel for Herr. The scene in the record shop is kind of poignant, considering the 2 shop girls are mercilessly making fun of him, and he's oblivious to it. His family is very similar as well, mocking him for attempting to be human and frail, where others hide their insecurities through their bullying and coldness. So when the ending comes, you feel a sense of relief.
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