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(1997)

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Dot and Helen are also the names of the lead guitarist and drummer in The Shaggs. The cat, as well, gets its name from their song "My Pal Foot Foot".
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Harmony Korine and his cameraman were frequently chased out of locations by angry fathers with shotguns, who suspected them of making child porn.
In the scene where Solomon's eating spagetti in the bath, there's a piece of bacon taped to the wall behind him. Says Werner Herzog: "When I saw a piece of fried bacon fixed to the bathroom wall in Gummo, it knocked me off my chair. [Korine's] a very clear voice of a generation of filmmakers that is taking a new position. It's not going to dominate world cinema, but so what?"
Instead of using standard movie lights, the production was lit with fluorescent lights to give the movie a haunting, yellowish look.
Harmony Korine was drunk during the scene with him and the midget.
Other cast members were recruited during the film's lengthy pre-production period. Harmony Korine often approached people on the street, in bowling alleys and in fast food restaurants, and asked them to play a part in his movie.
One of the actors involved in the chair-fighting scene had just gotten out of prison that day. One woman, Harmony Korine says, was also pregnant.
There is an actual Xenia, Ohio. And a tornado really did hit there in the mid-1970s.
The film was shot in about 20 days, with a budget of $1.3 million.
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.
Out of 40 speaking parts in this film, only five were played by experienced actors.
For the script, Harmony Korine pieced together about seventy sketches he'd written about life in Xenia, Ohio - a locale he had never actually visited.
Jacob Reynolds (Solomon) was 13. Nick Sutton (Tummler) was 17. Jacob Sewell (Bunny Boy) was 14. And Darby Dougherty, who plays the youngest of the three sisters, was only 10.
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."
Tummler is Yiddish for "agitator".
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The houses that were filmed in were left untreated.
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Jean-Yves Escoffier, who ordinarily commands a high fee, took a significant pay cut to work with Harmony Korine.
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Ewen Bremner came to the set of the film at the request of Harmony Korine, who was a big fan since seeing him in Mike Leigh's Naked (1993).
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About seventy-five percent of the film is scripted.
Earlier cuts of the movie were described by US censors as nihilist in their intentions, until Harmony Korine toned down a lot of the content.
Despite having top billing in the opening credits, Linda Manz's first appearance in the film occurs at approximately 43 minutes in. Additionally, her total screen time accumulates to around 4 and a half minutes.
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The original concept behind the film was kids living in the aftermath of an earthquake.
The film is populated with friends from Harmony Korine's own Nashville upbringing. Bryant L. Crenshaw, the midget, went to high school with him. The skinhead brothers are old friends, as well.
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Footage scattered all over the film was shot by local residents and Harmony Korine, during pre-production and location scouting.
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The film takes its name from the fifth, and lesser known, Marx brother, Gummo, who dropped out of their shows before the brothers became famous.
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Pioneer Skateboard Legend, Mark "Gonz" Gonzales was the gentlemen wrestling the chair. Harmony & Mark have been longtime friends.
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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.
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Harmony Korine's directorial debut.
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