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Gummo (1997)

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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

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Helen
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Xenia, Ohio, is a small poor and boring city that never fully recovered after a tornado in the 1970s. Teenager Solomon and his slightly older friend Tummler, have nothing to do but kill time, buying glue to sniff and get high. Written by Anonymous

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ohio | tornado | cat | transvestite | sex | See All (98) »

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Prepare to visit a town you'd never want to call home. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles,including violence, substance abuse,sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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24 November 1997 (Australia)  »

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Os bons Malandros  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,820 (USA) (17 October 1997)

Gross:

$19,820 (USA) (17 October 1997)
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As seen in the end credits, the film was dedicated to David Sevigny, star Chloë Sevigny's father, who passed away from cancer a year prior to the film's release. See more »

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During the arm wrestling scene, Tummler knocks the beer bottles on the ground to make room on the table. The camera then shifts angles and shows the beer bottles still on the table. When Tummler wins the arm wrestle, the bottles are, again, off the table. Throughout this scene and the next, the beer bottles disappear and reappear on the table. See more »

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Solomon: [voiceover] Xenia, Ohio. Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado hit this place. It killed the people, left and right. Dogs died. Cats died. Houses were split open, and you could see necklaces hanging from branches of trees. People's legs and neck bones were sticking out. Oliver found a leg on his roof. A lot of people's fathers died, and were killed by the great tornado. I saw a girl fly through the sky, and I looked up her skirt. Her skull was smashed. And some kids died. My ...
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Disturbing but strangely warm
17 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Extremely disturbing film, kind of like a documentary without any narrative. Takes place in the town of Xenia, Ohio in the aftermath of a tornado. The characters are all extremely bizarre, which makes the viewer wonder how realistic things are. The settings, including messy houses and barren streets, are profoundly depressing. Still, there is a sensitivity behind the darkness that lends the film a strangely warm feeling. As well, one feels for the "main characters" (though these characters don't inhabit the film in a traditional sense) despite their misguided acts. Worth seeing for open-minded, patient audiences who don't mind abstract plots and off-topic segues.


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