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Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 April 2005 (USA)
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 the modern and nihilistic life begins.




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


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


Comedy | Crime | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bubby, el chico malo  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The feral cat killed in the movie was killed humanely by a vet, and not suffocated as depicted in the movie. The same cat was used both when it was alive and after it had been put to sleep. The kitten depicted to be killed later in the movie was not feral, and was not really killed, it was only sedated. See more »


Bubby: Christ, kid, you're a weirdo.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in Being Bubby (2005) See more »


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
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One of my favorites of all time!
9 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whew! what can I say.. I know that this movie is not for everyone... but it is definitely in my top 3 of all time.

When I first discovered this movie years ago in a dusty rack in the back of my local alterno store it enthralled me. I copied it and gave out copies as often as I could I warned everyone I gave the film to that the first five minutes are some of the most oppressive frames ever exposed in film... I think they might even be worse than Eraserhead. I warned that they needed to get through this and that on the other side was an amazing life affirming movie. Sadly.. most of them reported back that they could not make it through the first five minutes.

That primarily is why I don't think this film is for everyone. The makers knew it would take a certain kind of commitment to appreciate the universal message of this film. The childlike education of Bubby is crafted so well, the subtext in this film is layered so deep it took me dozens of viewings to sort it all out. In a way it's sort of like a more deviant (if you can imagine that) yet sincere version of TOMMY.

Yes, it's that good. If you haven't seen it, please, oh please do. And, make sure you make it through the first five minutes an you will be rewarded with an amazing experience....

'How not breathe?'

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