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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 »



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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Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »


[Edmund opens the door to find Professor Micelli and a strange man]
Veronica Micelli: Oh, Pumpkin, do you remember me from yesterday? I'm Veronica Micelli and I've brought this nice reporter.
[Edmund slams the door in their faces]
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »


References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Written by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman) and Margarita Lecuona
Performed by Les Baxter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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College professor fakes the finding of an unknown primitive culture to cover his misuse of grant money.
5 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dreyfuss at his manic best. This is literally one of a very few comedy films I've watched where I absolutely fell off of the sofa laughing. The funniest part of the movie is the filming of the fake tribe by Dreyfuss' character using a love interest who, being rendered involuntarily drunk, has no idea what is going on. Lily Tomlin adds greatly to the mix playing an uptight, administrative bore. The rest of the supporting cast, who are currently not especially well known actors, blends beautifully with Dreyfuss and Tomlin. The movie has great timing. The plot and characters are plausible enough to create an additional humorous dimension. I would rank this as one of the best movies Richard Dreyfuss has made to date. I would marry, on the spot, any woman who finds this movie as entertaining and funny as I do. As long as she is rich and beautiful, of course.

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