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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

 -  Comedy  -  27 February 1998 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »
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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »

Box Office

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

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$7,514,883 (USA) (24 April 1998)
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Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »

Quotes

James Krippendorf: [filming the phoney "circumcision"] Edmund, you're looking up to the gods with trepidation... "Trepidation."... "Trepidation."... You're afraid you're brother is actually going to cut your wee-wee off.
[Edmund gasps]
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »

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Spoofs Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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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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Terrible film
30 June 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had the misfortune of seeing this film on TV, and the biggest mistake was watching it all the way through. I have great respect for Dreyfuss as an actor (Mr Holland's Opus was a classic film, as was Close Encounters and Jaws), but this film hits rock bottom. There was no laughter coming from any member of our household all the way through the film. How this could be called a family comedy is beyond me, because it's not for family (unless you think that teaching your kids that it's OK to get a woman drunk to sleep with her is a good thing), and it's not a comedy, because a comedy is meant to be funny.

I rank this alongside Luggage of the Gods as the most unfunny comedy I've ever seen.


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