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Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  26 April 2005 (USA)
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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.

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Bubby
Claire Benito ...
Mam
Ralph Cotterill ...
Pop
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Yobbo
Nikki Price ...
Screaming Woman
Ullie Birve ...
Robbed Woman (as Ulli Birve)
Audine Leith ...
Fondled Salvo
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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)
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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>

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Bubby, el chico malo  »

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During shooting director Rolf de Heer heard a rumor that the Australian government might legalize the death penalty. Outraged at this, he wrote an alternate ending which featured Bubby being arrested and hanged for his crimes. de Heer eventually changed his mind and the ending was never shot. See more »

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[after nurse Angel lets Buddy see her huge breasts while she gives him a shower]
Bubby: They be beautiful... like mom.
Angel: You don't think they're too big?
Bubby: They make perfection.
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The closing credits play over a scene showing Bubby playing in a garden with his children. See more »

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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.


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