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Fast, Cheap & Out of Control -- Errol Morris' newest subjects are four eccentrics: MIT robot scientist Rodney Brooks; a topiary gardener George Mendonça; retired lion tamer Dave Hoover; and Ray Mendez, an authority on tiny mole rats. Morris creates a profound meditation on man's relationship with the world around him.
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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3 October 1997 (USA) See more »
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
Art Department
Patty Burns .... painter
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
Nick Ravich .... production assistant (as Nicholas Ravich)
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 »
[Why build robots]
Rodney Brooks:I think there's some deeper-seated thing which crosses the sex boundary of understanding life by building something that is lifelike.
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A work of genius. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man, 26 June 2000
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This movie is a work of genius. It asks as well of answers to some degree most major questions of life as we know it (and don't know it) all through interviews and visual juxtapositions. The real-life people are astoundingly interesting and passionate and when Errol distorts our minds using subjective imagery such as old 40's films and intercutting between interviews to enhance its meaning, he conjures welcome associations of human nature. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man.

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