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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 February 1998 (USA)
An anthropologist creates a fictitious lost New Guinea tribe using his family members to cover-up for his mis-use of grant moneys.



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A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery. Written by Daniel Aubrey White <b_white@bc.sympatico.ca>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,316,377 (USA) (27 February 1998)


$7,514,883 (USA) (24 April 1998)

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On Twitter, Richard Dreyfuss said "I had so much fun with Jenna Elfman during Krippendorf. The movie was not very good, but we had some fun." See more »


Veronica Micelli: [storming out of the house] You can kiss my Neolithic butt!
James Krippendorf: [to his father-in-law] Proud woman. I try to respect her feelings.
[goat in the hall bleats]
James Krippendorf: Oh, Miss Micelli, you forgot your goat!
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The Sound of Drums
Written by Angélique Kidjo (as Angelique Kidjo) and Jean Hebrail
Performed by Angélique Kidjo (as Angelique Kidjo)
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Unbelievable, but funny
6 August 1999 | by (Indianapolis, In) – See all my reviews

If this movie can be accepted as is (a comedy), it is funny. If totally unbelievable plot and situations are ignored it can still be a laugher. A few of the better instances were Lilly Tomlin (?) in the jungle, the television interview, and the banquet scene.

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