Crumb (1994)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Comedy  |  28 April 1995 (USA)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Crumb ...
Aline Kominsky ...
Herself (as Aline Crumb)
Charles Crumb ...
Maxon Crumb ...
Robert Hughes ...
Martin Muller ...
Don Donahue ...
Dana Morgan ...
Herself (as Dana Crumb)
Trina Robbins ...
Spain Rodriguez ...
Bill Griffith ...
Deirdre English ...
Peggy Orenstein ...
Beatrice Crumb ...
Kathy Goodell ...


This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb's own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Weird sex · Obsession · Comic books

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Rated R for graphic sex-related cartoons, and for language | See all certifications »

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28 April 1995 (USA)  »

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$3,174,695 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Media reports following the film said that Robert Crumb later told Terry Zwigoff that he hated the film. According to Zwigoff, however, this never happened and the two still speak on a regular basis. See more »


"San Francisco" is misspelled in the closing titles. The caption reads: "Max Crumb still lives in San Francicsco". See more »


Robert Crumb: When I listen to old music it's one of the few times I actually have a kind of a love for humanity. You hear the best part of the soul of the common people, you know, it's their way of expressing their connection to eternity or whatever you want to call it. Modern music doesn't have that, it's a calamitous loss that people can't express themselves that way anymore.
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References Treasure Island (1950) See more »


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An astonishing look at relativity
27 January 1999 | by (Ames, Iowa) – See all my reviews

What makes Crumb such an intriguing documentary isn't the fact that man looked at through the camera is admirable or interesting or laudable, although one could make the argument that R. Crumb is all of those things. No, what makes Crumb such a great film is the way it shows the twisted nature of Crumb against the backdrop of his nearly psychotic family. Compared to the world, R. Crumb is a sexual deviant, a lunatic genius, and a perfect candidate to be taken away in a plain white van. Compared to his family, R. Crumb is completely and utterly normal. It's this juxtaposition that makes Crumb work over all two hours the movie needs to take its course.

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