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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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »

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References Planet of the Apes (1968) 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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3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman made a very stupid mistake when they decided to add their names to "Krippendorf's Tribe," a disastrous film.

"Krippendorf's Tribe" is the type of film that falls under the category of mistake. The script, costumes and performances of the leads, Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman were all factors that drew me to this conclusion. Even the supposed romance between Dreyfuss and Elfman was a mistake as they had no chemistry.

I gave this film my full attention for 90 minutes but it didn't live up to what I was expecting. One thing I noticed lacking from this film was comedy, true comedy. The jokes were poor, futile attempts at laughs. Furthermore, I don't remember laughing at all and if I did it was at them instead of with them.

It was a sad sight to watch respectable actors such as Dreyfuss and walk around in awful outfits and star in this awful film. I'm really sorry I wasted my time on this film. The razzies were correct in making this the dullest comedy of 1998. They should have given worst actor awards to Dreyfuss and Elfman as well.


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