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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Michael Lindner ...
Gerald Adams, Dean
Lori (as Siobhan Fallon)
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Gladys Schmades
Dr. Harvey
Edith Proxmire
Mrs. O'Brian


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 »

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,316,377, 1 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,514,883, 26 April 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »


Mrs. Tournquist: Abbey, come out of there!
Abbey Tournquist: Not until I'm purified!
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »


References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Written and Performed by Les Baxter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Classic slapstick at its nouveau best
24 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

Dreyfuss has always been a master of high humor and KT is another enjoyable vehicle for it. Elfman is funny and vivacious, as well as lovely to look at. Both stars work well together. I laughed throughout; appreciating the movie for what it was meant to be: good comedy. I recommend this film for anyone wanting a lot of good laughs.

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