Commissioned to make a working-class family drama, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, upending expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical--yet far from cynical--perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama.

  • Drama

Cast & Crew

  • HANNA SCHYGULLA

    HANNA SCHYGULLAActor

  • GOTTFRIED JOHN

    GOTTFRIED JOHNActor

  • LUISE ULLRICH

    LUISE ULLRICHActor

  • WERNER FINCK

    WERNER FINCKActor

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Rainer Werner FassbinderDirector

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    PETER MARTHESHEIMERProducer

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