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

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Dot (as Chloe Sevigny)
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Helen
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Ellen M. Smith ...
Ellen
Charles Matthew Coatney ...
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Constructing this film through random scenes, director Harmony Korine abruptly jettisoned any sort of narrative plot, so here we go: Solomon and Tummler are two bored teenage boys who live in Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado swept through it, destroying more than half the town and killing the same amount, including Solomon's father. The film, from there, chronicles the anti-social adventures these two boys have. These include sniffing glue, killing cats, having sex, riding dirtbikes, listening to black metal, and meeting a cavalcade of quirky, bizarre, and scary people. These include a man who pimps his mentally ill wife to our anti-heroes, three sisters who play with their cat and practice becoming strippers, a black midget fending off the sexual advances of a troubled man (played by the director Harmony Korine), a 12-year-old gay transvestite who is also a cat killer, Solomon's mother who seems to be the only glimpse of sanity, two foul-mouthed six-year olds, and most ... Written by Anonymous

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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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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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

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$19,820 (USA) (17 October 1997)
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In addition to being a co-star of the film, Chloë Sevigny designed the costumes. She found most of them in thrift stores around Nashville. See more »

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Some crew member's feet are visible kicking a wire at the bottom of the screen during the "chair wrestling" scene in the kitchen. 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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Nothing But Da Bone in Me
Performed by Flesh 'N' Bone (as Flesh-n-Bone)
Written by Tony Cowan & Flesh 'N' Bone (as Stanley Howse)
Published by Donkhris Music (BMI), Motown Songs (BMI) & Constructive Points (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Pure unadulterated genius served with unreserved love.
22 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

GUMMO is the tightest, most consistent, and honest portrayal of youth's quest for love in a society that has forsaken them ever made. Forget the comedy, forget the outstanding photography, forget the heart stopping art direction. This movie is about the little people forgotten between the cracks who seek acceptance amid overwhelming obstacles of hatred, crime, poverty, disease, and twists of fate that leave them alone and groping for comfort. Almost every character is screaming out for love in one way or another, however dysfunctional their lives may be. All of these issues are real - even if exaggerated in the film - and there are thousands of kids out there who in their own beautiful way are trying to live their lives despite the cruelty of a world that will just crap on them. The next time you watch this film, look for the tenderness between the mayhem...


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