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


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24 November 1997 (Australia) See more »
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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jacob Sewell ... Bunny Boy
Nick Sutton ... Tummler
Lara Tosh ... Girl in Car

Jacob Reynolds ... Solomon
Darby Dougherty ... Darby

Chloë Sevigny ... Dot (as Chloe Sevigny)
Carisa Glucksman ... Helen
Jason Guzak ... Skinhead #1
Casey Guzak ... Skinhead #2
Wendall Carr ... Huntz
James Lawhorn ... Cowboy #1
James Glass ... Cowboy #2
Ellen M. Smith ... Ellen
Charles Matthew Coatney ... Eddie

Harmony Korine ... Boy on Couch
Bryant L. Crenshaw ... Midget
Daniel Martin ... Jarrod
Nathan Rutherford ... Karl

Max Perlich ... Cole
Bernadette Resha ... Cassidey
Linda Manz ... Solomon's Mother
Donna Brewster ... Albino Woman
James David Glass ... Tummler's Father
Mark Gonzales ... Chair Wrestler
Berniece M. Duvall ... Grandmother (as Berniece N. Duvall)
Kristi Faye Randolph ... Deaf Woman
William Dickinson ... Deaf Man
Bill Evans ... Bald Guy
Jeffery Baker ... Terry
James Baker ... Phelipo
Rose Shephard ... Woman in Bed

Directed by
Harmony Korine 
Writing credits
Harmony Korine (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Chin .... executive producer
Scott Macaulay .... co-producer
Robin O'Hara .... co-producer
Ruth Vitale .... executive producer
Cary Woods .... producer
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier 
Film Editing by
Christopher Tellefsen 
Casting by
Lyn Richmond 
Production Design by
David Doernberg 
Art Direction by
Amy Beth Silver 
Set Decoration by
Amy Beth Silver 
Costume Design by
Chloë Sevigny 
Makeup Department
Mia Thoen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kelly MacManus .... executive in charge of production
Lisa Rosenstein .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelique Bones .... second assistant director
James Clauer .... second unit director
Randy Fletcher .... first assistant director
Art Department
George E. Boyd .... carpenter
Anthony Gasparro .... property master
Macon Murphree .... assistant props
Robert Owen .... carpenter
George R. Rabasca .... carpenter
Andrea Stanley .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Steve Borne .... sound designer
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound engineer: Dolby
Leo Madrazo .... foley artist
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Aaron J. Rudelson .... boom operator (as Aaron Rudelson)
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Melissa Zaroff .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... best boy grip (as Brian Buzzelli)
Geb Byers .... first assistant camera: 24 frame video
Suzanne Carter .... gaffer
Howard Davidson .... grip: 24 frame video
Christopher Di Croce .... company grip
Luke Eder .... additional assistant camera
Randall Falcon .... camera loader
Jay Feather .... additional assistant camera
Dave Fortino .... dolly grip (as David Fortino)
Jacques Jouffret .... Steadicam operator
Dean Mathers .... assistant key grip
Michelle McKinley .... first assistant camera
Dee Nichols .... key grip
Heather Norton .... second assistant camera: 24 frame video
Thomas Ostrowski .... gaffer: 24 frame video
Nathan Wilson .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Nicole Hennessey .... casting associate
Kelley Sims .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Sevigny .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
April Blair .... post-production assistant
Rodney Evans .... assistant editor
Chris Hinton .... colorist
Brent Kaviar .... post-production services
Sara King .... executive in charge of post-production
Fabian Marquez .... post-production coordinator
Craig Marsden .... assistant film editor
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor: Technicolor
Music Department
Tanja Crouch .... music licensing
Anne Kugler .... music consultant
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearance
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Robin Urdang .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Steve T. Goforth .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Joshua Balog .... production assistant
Claire Best .... production executive
Sean Casey .... production assistant
Catherine Choi .... assistant: Independent Picture
James Clauer .... location manager
Alex David .... assistant office coordinator: New York (as Alexander David)
Joshua Elrod .... production assistant
Lyle Gamm .... production assistant
Elizabeth Heeden .... film conformist
Susan Humphrey .... animal trainer
Michael Johnson .... production auditor
Molly Johnson .... assistant: Independent Picture
Ernie Karpeles .... animal coordinator
Jeff Kohr .... production assistant
James A. McCann II .... assistant production office coordinator
Tanoa Parks .... location auditor
Monika Petrillo .... script supervisor (as Monika von Manteuffel)
Alec Raffin .... assistant: Independent Picture
Lizzie Schwartz .... assistant: Independent Picture (as Elizabeth Schwartz)
Craig Seti .... video dailies supervisor: Magno Video
Joshua Michael Stevens .... production assistant (as Joshua Stevens)
Tiffany Thomas .... production assistant
Cordelia Wheelock .... assistant locations
Heidi Winston .... production coordinator
Felix .... with the support of
Liz Manne .... special thanks
Burt Reynolds .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles,including violence, substance abuse,sexuality and language (edited for re-rating)
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

In the screenplay, Bunny Boy talks, but only during the scene in the swimming pool. He also explains why he has the word MAC tattooed on his fingers: "My parents like to call me that. Mac spelled backward is Cam. Cam is their favorite car... Camaro." He also claims he was born with one fully grown tooth, and his parents "wanted to name me Plak."See more »
Continuity: During the arm wrestling scene, the number of bottles on the table changes between shots.See more »
[first lines]
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...
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45 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
The absolute WORST movie EVER, 27 May 2002
Author: sickink2

Don't let anyone tell you you're close-minded if you hated this movie. This movie was, beyond an inkling of a flicker of a shadow of a doubt, egregiously awful. There are always going to be wannabe artsy types out there who claim to see things other people don't; they "get" movies like Gummo, or at least they pretend to, so they can act as if they're in on something the rest of the world just isn't smart enough to understand. The truth is, though, that there is absolutely nothing to get. This movie is not innovative, nor intriguing, nor even interesting in the least. There's no underlying meaning to it at all (writer/director Harmony Korine admitted as much in an interview). It's just a loosely continuous assembly of vignettes depicting random scenes of filth, squalor, and depravity.

The movie is not a social commentary, as some have argued. It offers no insight into the lives of the people it exploits. The entire backstory-the tornado-serves only as an excuse for the rest of the thing, as if it mattered. It goes like this: first, we get to watch a shirtless boy in a bunny hood spit and urinate off an overpass; next, we meet two teenagers who ride their bikes around the desolate and dilapidated town, looking for cats they can kill and sell to a local restaurant owner; then, we're introduced to three bleach-blonde sisters who don't seem to have any parents and who busy themselves with such activities as ripping electrical tape off their bare nipples. These are the only recurring characters to speak of. Nothing they do is even remotely interesting or entertaining, though. And every other character is memorable only for the few minutes it takes the viewer to rid himself of the feeling of disgust, only to be disgusted again and again by characters he should be feeling sympathy for.

And that's really why this movie is so awful. Don't get me wrong, it'd be awful no matter what, but it wouldn't be entirely without merit if we could actually feel anything other than disdain for the characters. But these are not real people, everything is actually scripted, and none of it is believable at all.

The shock value is negligible; it's not really shocking, but even if it were, there are better movies to watch if that's what you're after. It's not innovative, either-it's actually almost a blatant rip-off of some other, more noteworthy films. It's quite obvious that the only purpose here was to be pretentious. Of course, it probably wasn't meant to be so obvious.

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