American Movie


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Genre: Comedies
Director: Chris Smith - Filmmaker
Theatrical Release: 1999
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 104 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Smith's film is a poignant commentary on what it takes to make an independent film. It also happens to be a genuinely hysterical, crowd-pleasing romp. Trying to get his masterpiece, NORTHWESTERN, off the ground, but failing miserably due to lack of funding and support, struggling Midwestern filmmaker Mark Borchardt instead turns his attention to COVEN, an abandoned 37-minute horror film that he began filming in 1990. His hopes are to sell enough copies of the video to enable him to clear his current debts and begin moving forward with his real baby, NORTHWESTERN. The painstaking effort to get COVEN in the can and onto the screen for the film's world premiere provides the greatest laughs in this undeniably entertaining documentary.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   Y
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Closed Caption
Rating Reason   Language
Chris Smith - Filmmaker
Sarah Price - Producer
Jim McKay - Independent Film Director
Michael Stipe - Musician, R.E.M.
Mark Borchardt - Filmmaker, Star of "American Movie"
Mike Schank - Featured in "American Movie"
Chris Smith - Filmmaker
Sarah Price - Producer
Chris Smith - Filmmaker
Jun Diaz - Editor
Barry Poltermann - Director/Writer/Producer
Mike Schank - Featured in "American Movie"
"...A sure balance between affection and absurdity..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Film Comment
Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B+
Total Film
"...Some of the most gut-bustingly hilarious scenes to splurge onto the screen since SOUTH PARK..."
Entertainment Weekly
Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "BEST VIDEOS OF 2000"
New York Times
"...The rare documentary that combines a wildly charismatic subject with an elegant structure..."
Box Office
"...Hilarious....Full of warmth and love....A riveting narrative of humor and heart..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Chicago Sun-Times
"...AMERICAN MOVIE is a very funny, sometimes very sad documentary..."

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