Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: Celine O'Leary, Chloe Ferguson, Paul Blackwell
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A regular suburban family man comes home from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played...

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bogdan Koca
Headhunter (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A Miami cop finds out his wife has a female lover, and he begins to have an affair with his female partner. Meanwhile, a voodoo demon from Africa arrives among Miami's Nigerian community ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Schaeffer
Stars: Kay Lenz, Wayne Crawford, Steve Kanaly
The Tracker (2002)
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A group of black Vietnam vets go up against the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Bill Berry
Stars: Roy Jefferson, Le Tari, Haskell V. Anderson III
Death Journey (1976)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Fearful that their star witness might be murdered, two attorneys hire a protector to bring him from Los Angeles to New York. Jesse Crowder (Fred Williamson) is a no-nonsense tough guy. He ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernard Kirby, Art Maier
Family Honor (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Clark Worswick
Stars: Tony Page, James Reyes, Vera Visconti
Nightfall (1988)
Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

Far across the cosmos from our world lies a planet bathed in perpetual daylight. Soon nightfall will come and bring with it tremendous destruction. Science struggles against superstition in... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mayersberg
Stars: David Birney, Sarah Douglas, Alexis Kanner
Appassionata (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two teenage friends conspire to find out how much their youthful sensuality can disrupt one of their households, headed by a dentist and his mentally-ill wife.

Director: Gianluigi Calderone
Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Ornella Muti, Eleonora Giorgi
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story begins in Los Angeles when Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) takes her six children and drives north to find a home of their own away from the bad influences of the big city.

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lassig
Twelve Canoes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Rolf de Heer, Molly Reynolds
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bubby
Claire Benito ...
Mam
Ralph Cotterill ...
Pop
Syd Brisbane ...
Yobbo
Nikki Price ...
Screaming Woman
Ullie Birve ...
Robbed Woman (as Ulli Birve)
Audine Leith ...
Fondled Salvo
...
Cherie the Salvo
Lucia Mastrantone ...
Pizza Waitress
Carmel Johnson ...
Angel
Jip De Heer ...
Treelopper
James Ammitzboll ...
Little
Grant Piro ...
Salesman
Celine O'Leary ...
Woman in Mercedes
Dave Flannagan ...
Cop / Warder (as Dave Flanagan)
Edit

Storyline

Bad Boy Bubby is just that: a bad boy. So bad, in fact, that his mother has kept him locked in their house for his entire thirty years, convincing him that the air outside is poisonous. After a visit from his estranged father, circumstances force Bubby into the waiting world, a place which is just as unusual to him as he is to the world. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's been in his room for 35 years. It's time to let him out! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

26 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bubby, el chico malo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Rolf de Heer picked Nicholas Hope to play Bubby after remembering a short film he saw three years prior called "Confessor Caressor" which is now featured on the Blue Underground DVD. See more »

Quotes

Bubby: Pop get pizza for cat!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over a scene showing Bubby playing in a garden with his children. See more »

Connections

Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo from Xerxes
By George Frideric Handel (as G. F. Handel)
Performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by 'José Serebrier'
licensed from KEM Enterprises Inc USA
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Original, powerful, hilarious study of an outsider
17 February 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

The first thirty minutes of "Bad Boy Bubby" are great horror. Bubby (Nicholas Hope), a strange, retarded man-child, has been imprisoned by his mom (Claire Benito) for thirty years. He hasn't left the house, can't leave the house, because mom's been busy having sex with him and perverting his sponge-like mind. Early on, the film alienates viewers by throwing in a scene involving the killing of a cat. We then follow Bubby as he ventures into the outside world and has a series of amazing, hilarious adventures in which his outsider status is often misinterpreted. He fronts a rock band, gets intimate with a real disabled woman (Heater Slattery), and discovers life beyond the walls of his prison. The film is extremely original and daring, and Hope's performance as Bubby is totally believable. It was shot over a long period by a number of cinematographers, although only Ian Jones gets IMDb credit. It has a unique, anarchic tone, and it is amazing watching how "normal" people interact with the unpretentious, unhinged protagonist. Ultimately, Rolf de Heer succeeds in creating a dark, surreal, powerful study of an outsider in a film that someone ought to double bill with Hal Ashby's "Being There". It's a triumph.


47 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Terrible movie themessiah-6
Is it me? Or was this film funny as fu*k??? dave_t_lancs
Non-stop Parade of Shock jameslatson
The Disabled people lazer53
Nick Cave? vivisected
Fresh, Raw, BRILLIANT! sjlwebb
Discuss Bad Boy Bubby (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?