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Schizopolis (1996)

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Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.

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Uncredited cast:
Scott Allen ...
Right Hand Man (uncredited)
Betsy Brantley ...
Mrs. Munson / Attractive Woman #2 (uncredited)
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Corporate Mole (uncredited)
Silas Cooper ...
The Mysterious Couple (uncredited)
C.C. Courtney ...
Man Being Interviewed (uncredited)
Sonny Cranch ...
Pastor (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Photo Store Customer (uncredited)
Andre Dubroc ...
Corporate Drone (uncredited)
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Mrs. Schwitters (uncredited)
John Hardy ...
Talkshow Host (uncredited)
Coleman Hough ...
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Lori Jefferson ...
Dental Patient (uncredited)
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Nameless Numberhead Man (uncredited)
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Elmo Oxygen (uncredited)
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Fletcher Munson is a lethargic, passive worker for a Scientology-like self-help corporation called Eventualism. After the death of a colleague, he is promoted to the job of writing speeches for T. Azimuth Schwitters, the founder and head of the group. He uses this as an excuse to be emotionally and romantically distant from his wife, who, he discovers, is having an affair with his doppelganger, a dentist named Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. As Munson fumbles with the speech and Korchek becomes obsessed with a new patient, a psychotic exterminator named Elmo Oxygen goes around the town seducing lonely wives and taking photographs of his genitals. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Steven Soderbergh started this project with no script. Lines were written before every scene and he also allowed some improvisation. See more »

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The word "circumcised" is misspelled on Elmo's truck. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jeffrey Korchak: [reading aloud] Dear attractive woman number 2, only once in my life have I responded to a person the way I've responded to you, but I've forgotten when it was or even if it was in fact me that responded. I may not know much, but I know that the wind sings your name endlessly, although with a slight lisp that makes it difficult to understand if I'm standing near an air conditioner. I know that your hair sits atop your head as though it could sit nowhere else. I know that your figure would make a...
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30 December 2000 | by (Lexington, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Stream-of-consciousness conception, sharp writing and creative technique. There's plenty here to amuse any smart audience, but the parts add up to an (intentionally) oblique whole. The film is so playful and irrespective of convention, it's as if Soderbergh threw up his hands and said 'Screw it, I can't make the movies they want me to." Take it with his work since and you've got the most supple, witty and consistent filmmaker working in the U.S. today.

There's lots to analyze, and myriad connections to be made. But don't try to make too much sense of it... let it take you, and enjoy.


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