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Fast, Cheap & Out of Control -- 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...


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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dave Hoover ... Himself (Wild Animal Trainer)

George Mendonça ... Himself (Topiary Gardener)
Raymond A. Mendez ... Himself (Mole-Rat Specialist) (as Ray Mendez)

Rodney Brooks ... Himself - Robot Scientist

Directed by
Errol Morris 
Produced by
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Mark Lipson .... co-producer
Errol Morris .... producer
Julia Sheehan .... co-producer
Kathy Trustman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Caleb Sampson 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Shondra Burke  (as Shondra Merrill)
Karen Schmeer 
Production Design by
Ted Bafaloukos 
Set Decoration by
Scott Doonan 
Makeup Department
Jeri La Shay .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark Hankey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Burke .... assistant director
Erik Korsh .... assistant director
Sound Department
Timothy J. Barnes .... apprentice boom operator
Stephen Bores .... production sound mixer (as Steve Bores)
Fred Burnham .... production sound mixer
Michael A. Dawson .... additional sound editor
Dan Evans Farkas .... assistant sound editor (as Daniel Evans Farkas)
Eugene Gearty .... additional sound effects
Jeffrey Iwanicki .... boom operator
Judith E. Karpe .... additional sound
Skip Lievsay .... sound effects
Thomas B. Payne .... additional sound
Mike Simmollari .... additional assistant sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Albano .... best boy
Martin Albert .... third grip (as Martin B. Albert)
Nubar Alexanian .... still photographer
Ted Bafaloukos .... additional photographer
Rob Balton .... second grip (as Robert Balton)
Alison Barton .... second electric
Carlos Bermudez .... second electric
Henry Cline .... first assistant camera
Joe Collins .... first assistant camera
Daniel C. Cook .... second assistant camera
Phil Darrell .... gaffer (as Philip F. Darrell)
Mike DeCristofaro .... third electrician
Laura S. Dimeo .... second grip
Melissa R. Donovan .... first assistant camera
Thomas Doran .... key grip
Tim Driscoll .... third grip
Stephen Drixon .... key grip
Charles Eason .... second electric
Steven J. Eliopoulos .... second assistant camera
Adam Gilmore .... second assistant camera
David Hausen .... first assistant camera (as David L. Hausen)
John R. Kaplan .... second grip
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer (as Ian R. Kincaid)
Jeffrey King .... third electrician
William Korecks .... third electrician
Michael F. Lee .... third electrician
Michael Mackey .... third grip (as Michael D. Mackey)
Kenneth T. Marchione .... camera loader
Kenneth T. Marchione .... second assistant camera
David Mellow .... second assistant camera
Richard Moos .... second assistant camera
Alexandre Naufel .... set lighting
Alexandre Naufel .... third electrician (as Alexandre E. Naufel)
Anthony Pascento .... third grip
George Patsos .... key grip
William Perkins .... second assistant camera
Dave Rudolph .... second electric (as David Rudolph)
Dave Rudolph .... third grip (as David Rudolph)
John Sekula .... second assistant camera
Wayne Simpson .... key grip (as Wayne A. Simpson)
Brian Snyder .... third electrician
Peter Sova .... photographer: Interrotron
Russell Steen .... second electric
Robert Tompkins .... key grip
Will van Hazel .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingrid Fisketjon .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Hank Corwin .... additional editor
Brad Fuller .... additional editor
Michael K. Oko .... apprentice editor
Charles Silver .... contributing editor
Isaac Silverglate .... associate editor
Alice Stone .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dana Brayton .... additional music arranger
Martin Czembor .... music engineer
Terry Donahue .... additional musician
John Kusiak .... additional music arranger (as John Kusiac)
John Kusiak .... music supervisor (as John Kusiac)
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Caleb Sampson .... musician: keyboards
Ken Winokur .... additional musician
Other crew
Eric Bress .... production assistant
Scott Burnett .... production assistant
Jennet Cook .... production assistant
Lisa De Flaun .... production assistant
Kyra Friedman Curcio .... production assistant (as Kyra Friedman)
Mark Gardner .... production assistant
Hunter Hodge .... production assistant
Miles Hunter .... production assistant
Rebekah Ingalls .... production coordinator
Dana Isenberg .... production assistant
Josh Keiler .... production assistant
John Koczera .... technical consultant
Steven Lamola .... research coordinator
Christopher Le Chamin .... production assistant
David McMullin .... production assistant
David P. Miller .... production assistant
Matt Murphy .... production assistant
Damon Nonas .... production assistant (as Damon D. Nonas)
Tamy Ojala .... production assistant
Robin Olney .... production assistant
Susan Paley .... production assistant
Dan Perez .... production assistant
Jonathan Pessin .... production assistant (as Jonathan W. Pessin)
Keith Quinn .... production assistant
Nicholas Ravich .... production assistant
Mark Rigby .... assistant to director
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Condeé N. Russo .... production assistant
Patrick Ruth .... production assistant
Mary Ryan .... production coordinator
Michael Savage .... production assistant
Jacqueline Savetsky .... production assistant
David Schisgall .... assistant to director
Jeff Tapley .... production assistant
Jill Tufts .... production assistant (as Jill E. Tufts)
Steven Welch .... production assistant

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
80 min
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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 »
[On creating topiary]
George Mendonca:This is all done from memory. If you know what a animal looks like, you just, well, you just start making an animal.
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Delightful Surprise., 20 June 2005
Author: gromero001 from United States

Encapsulated reviews are misleading. I had several times bypassed "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" on IFC for more lively sounding fare on movie channels. When I finally selected it as the least boring of an afternoon's TV movie offerings, I regretted not having picked it sooner and seen it more often.

This documentary delighted me! Interviews were enhanced by display of the works of four brilliant practitioners, fanatical about the unusual focus of their work or study. We are introduced to naked mole rats, robots as the next stage in evolution, wild animal training and a visionary handicrafter/topiary designer. Each professional provided unusual insights to their efforts and perhaps to our own natures as human beings.

The documentary seemed designed to hold even those with the even shortest of attention spans. Rather than engaging each subject in depth as a single segment, the interviews are presented in approximately one minute scenarios, often with a montage of old film footage relating connections and historical ideas about some of the subject matter. Just as a viewer's mind might start to drift during a segment, it collides with the next subject, often forcing mental connections that may not have come naturally.

After watching this one, I felt compelled to find and view the other productions of Errol Morris, and I shall keep an eye out for his future works. I believe that its audience should comprise anyone with a spark of interest in the world around them and the desire to be entertained. Whether you are fond of documentaries or not, I think this one will offer a pleasant and quickly passing ninety minutes.

Gene Romero

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