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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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Carl Michael Lindner ...
Edmund
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Gerald Adams, Dean
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Lori (as Siobhan Fallon)
Amzie Strickland ...
Gladys Schmades
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Dr. Harvey
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Edith Proxmire
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Mrs. O'Brian
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Jennifer
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Storyline

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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A father discovers that the most important 'long lost tribe' in his life may be very close to home. See more »

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Comedy

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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

Opening Weekend:

$3,316,377 (USA) (1 March 1998)

Gross:

$7,514,883 (USA) (26 April 1998)
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Trivia

The name "Krippendorf" comes from Klaus Krippendorf, a renowned communications scholar best known for his work on the role of communication in social construction and design. The movie is based on a novel by Frank Parkin, who was himself a highly-regarded sociologist. See more »

Quotes

Shelly Krippendorf: You are pathetic.
James Krippendorf: What?
Shelly Krippendorf: You said we weren't doing any more of these.
James Krippendorf: Oh, give me a break, I'm dying with dignity out here.
Shelly Krippendorf: Why don't you try living with some?
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »

Connections

Spoofs Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

The Impression That I Get
Written by Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman
Performed by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Dreyfus unfunny
31 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

University professor anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) returns after failing to find the undiscovered tribe of New Guinea and the death of his wife. Veronica Micelli (Jenna Elfman) is an eager young professor and a fan of his work. She begs to join his team and he relents. Ruth Allen (Lily Tomlin) is a jealous rival. The university expects a lecture after giving him the grant. He decides to fake a tribe named Shelmikedmu for his children Shelly (Natasha Lyonne), Mickey (Gregory Smith) and Edmund to avoid jail time for misuse of grant money.

Krippendorf is an unfunny grumpy character. The only thing remotely comical is his relative height to the towering Jenna Elfman. There are no good laughs for most of the movie. There are a few chuckles like showing the circumcision scene in the lecture. However the lie annoyed me for some reason. That diminished any fun from the comedy. It tries to turn into a screwball comedy but I don't actually like Krippendorf.


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