Living in Oblivion (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 July 1995 (USA)
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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Palomino (as James LeGros)
Rica Martens ...
Assistant Camera
Hilary Gilford ...
Robert Wightman ...
Tom Jarmusch ...
Driver / Intern
Michael Griffiths ...
Sound Mixer
Matthew Grace ...
Ryan Bowker ...
Food Service / Clapper
Francesca DiMauro ...
Production Assistant


Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

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He only needs three things to get through the day ... an espresso, an aspirin, and a miracle. See more »


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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csapnivaló  »

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$500,000 (estimated)


$1,148,752 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in 16 days. See more »


When the gaffer talks about his private film project, the script on the bed flips between shots. See more »


[Last Lines]
Wanda: Nick? Can somebody give me a 20 on Nick?
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Crazy Credits

statement after the end credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are sort of fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is sort of coincidental and unintentional. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Indie Hell

Indie director Tom DiCillo has produced a small (as yet) body of work, but has shown consistent flair for making movies which exude great affection for his characters. This affection is contagious; the actors seem to relish their roles and in turn many viewers will share the enjoyment.

Indie stalwarts Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener (who's graced four DiCillo movies) shine as director and actress on a trouble laden indie shoot. Keener does a virtuoso turn in a scene calling for her to perform the same take over and over, each time with less and less conviction.

"A Box of Moonlight" and "Real Blonde" while having comic sides to them, also have much depth. "Living in Oblivion" is an outright comedy; it's lightweight, but very funny.

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