MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,295 this week

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  3 October 1997 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 3,060 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 52 critic

What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 05 Dec 2010
 
a list of 36 titles
created 09 Sep 2013
 
a list of 1661 titles
created 15 May 2014
 
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control.
10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey
Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the ... See full summary »

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins, George Harris
The Subterranean Stadium (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is the first of his six shorts for ESPN Films. It's about electric football, a basement league, and the gang of glorious eccentrics who keep a decades-long tradition alive.

Director: Errol Morris
Most Valuable Whatever (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

How much would you pay for Ty Cobb's dentures in an auction? Errol Morris's final short for ESPN Films takes a look at the stranger side of sports memorabilia collecting with perspective from three very, very dedicated fans.

Director: Errol Morris
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Leymah Gbowee
Documentary | Short | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Short film documentary about the mysterious umbrella man that appears in the Zapruder film during the assassination of president John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963, November 22.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Josiah Thompson, Mike Walker
Drama

A look at the people involved with the U.S. government's Smallpox Eradication Program during the '60s and '70s as well as the anthrax scare of the early 2000s.

Director: Errol Morris
El Wingador (2012)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Bill 'El Wingador' Simmons
Comedy | Drama | Horror

A man experiments within the burgeoning field of cryogenics during the 1960s.

Director: Errol Morris
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Himself (Wild Animal Trainer)
...
Himself (Topiary Gardener)
Raymond A. Mendez ...
Himself (Mole-Rat Specialist) (as Ray Mendez)
...
Himself - Robot Scientist
Edit

Storyline

What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary directed by Erroll Morris. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Referring to the robot specialist's strange philosophy of robot design structure, not Erroll Morris's documentary techniques!) interplays, overlaps, and interrelates these four separate and highly specialized documentary subjects in order to in truth study all of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind. Written by Matthew F. Griffin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

robot | lion | topiary | eccentric | circus | See All (9) »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ektos elenhou  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,665 (USA) (3 October 1997)

Gross:

$832,785 (USA) (9 January 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Discussed in Episode 97 of the popular radio program This American Life. The subject was "Death to Wacky" and it originally aired on March 20, 1998. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Brooks: If you analyze it too much, life becomes almost meaningless.
See more »

Connections

Features Gigantor (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A fascinating study of the nature of life and intelligence
4 September 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Don't believe the folks who say this film is about the thin line between genius and madness. That may be part of it, but it's far from what's important here. The real loot here is FC&OOC's exploration of the "other", and our attempts to understand, shape and control it. Humans have a fascination with the nature of life and intelligence--whether it comes in the form of wild animals, plants in a garden or robots developing in a lab--and the ways we approach these things reveal as much about subject as object. This film does a beautiful job of highlighting the mystery inherent in living and/or intelligent things, evoking the awe we feel when we regard them, and the questions that arise when we attempt to study, cultivate, contain or "tame" them.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pile of Crap nicknazareth
Like ants under a magnifying glass jfulbright-1
I know the Lion Tamer circusdan
Koyaanisqatsi Music pwittman
Rodney Brooks topaz_kaz
V-J Day in Times Square - George Mendonça gconsier
Discuss Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page