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7 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
No pain, no gain See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kathe Burkhart ... Interviewer

Kirby Dick ... Interviewer
Bob Flanagan ... Himself
Sheree Rose ... Herself

Rita Valencia ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Doucette ... Herself
Richard Kopelle ... Himself

Directed by
Kirby Dick 
 
Produced by
Kirby Dick .... producer
Dody Dorn .... associate producer
Sheree Rose .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Dayton 
Kirby Dick 
Sheree Rose 
 
Film Editing by
Kirby Dick 
Dody Dorn 
 
Production Management
Eddie Schmidt .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barker .... additional camera operator
Matt Levin .... additional camera operator
Geza Sinkovics .... additional photographer
Barbara Thole-Testa .... additional camera operator
David Werk .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mike Grant .... assistant film editor
Eric Johannsen .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... producer's representative
Mike Kahne .... titles
Greg Victoroff .... post-production legal consultant
 

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90 min
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Australia:R | France:-16 (with warning) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut)

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Shot over a period of two years and compiled from over 100 hours of footage.See more »
Quotes:
Bob Flanagan:I want a wealthy collector to finance an installation in which a video camera will be placed in the coffin with my body, connected to a screen on the wall, and whenever he wants to, the patron can see how I'm coming along.See more »
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References Cinderella (1950)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
No pain, no gain, 12 February 2003
Author: Lucy Furr from Toronto, Cana-duh

One of the most disturbing, disgusting, funny, touching, and beautiful films ever made. It's hard to find the words to properly describe this bio-pic of Bob Flanagan (one of the longest survivors of Cystic Fibrosis) but perhaps the best word is simply "raw".

Sure it's got a shot of a person nailing their privates to a block of wood while "If I had a hammer" plays cheerfully in the background. But that doesn't mean the film aims to offend or make the audience vomit. What's at the heart of this film is one mans lifelong struggle with a painfully fatal illness (CF). It's only through his embrace of the pain that he was able to live such a long and successful life (poet, comedian, and performance artist) and his ability to inspire and live his life to the fullest is something several many 'able bodied' people could only dream of.

Most touching is the scene where Bob is visited by a young Toronto girl with CF who wanted to meet him as part of the 'Make a Wish' Foundation (yes, you read correctly). When the film was screened at the Toronto Film Fest that same young girl was present (and a few years older) and attributed her prolonged life to the example set by Bob Flanagan.

Nails and blocks of wood aside, this film is NOT for everyone. In fact it's for a small few. It is very real and very powerful. But if you can stomach it, you'll see what a great documentary should look like.

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