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The Local Stigmatic (1990) Poster

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Al Pacino donated a copy to the Museum of Modern Art with the stipulation that it can only be shown with his permission. A small number of screenings have taken place since 1990. The film was not widely released until June 2007.
Al Pacino strongly considered releasing the film after the success of Pulp Fiction (1994) because it is also about two nihilists.
Al Pacino and Paul Guilfoyle studied and examined the play for four years before they decided to make a film of it. When they finally decided to film it they spent four months rehearsing before it was finally shot. They approached the production of the film as if they were staging a play and wanted to avoid making it look too much like a film. Pacino deleted any shots looked too cinematic for his taste.
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Al Pacino, producer Michael Hadge and Joseph Maher co-starred in an Off-Broadway stage production of "The Local Stigmatic" in 1969.
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Filmed in 9 days.
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Legendary theater producer and friend of Al Pacino, Joseph Papp was upset with Pacino for getting the film rights before he did. For many years, Papp had wanted to produce a film version of the play.
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Al Pacino began shooting exteriors for the film in 1984 while was in London doing a stage production of "American Buffalo".
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Director David F. Wheeler wanted Al Pacino to wear glasses throughout the film but Pacino did not want to. So they compromised by having Pacino's character wear glasses only when he was reading.
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There are several different versions of the film since Al Pacino has continued to re-edit the film over the years.
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