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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 ...
Lori (as Siobhan Fallon)
Amzie Strickland ...


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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The last undiscovered tribe is about to expose themselves. 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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1.85 : 1
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Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »


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 »


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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User Reviews

Krippendorf's Tribe — A very intelligent family comedy with a flair for the exotic
3 December 2012 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Krippendorf's Tribe has achieved something special, an incredible balance of fun and smarts accessible to all.

There's a bit of exaggeration that will hold the interest of those who want primal fun, but little enough as not to displease those who do not want to be submerged by unrealistic situations.

The intelligent humor of the dialogs and scenario will easily enthused those who need smarts to appreciate a comedy, but not so much as to rebuff those who do not want to work their brains to laugh.

The acting is without reproach, even if a few of the secondary characters are a bit caricatured. The photography, soundtrack, and editing are as perfect as they are invisible, yet remarkable. The story is without logical flaw.

A must see, easily enjoyable by anyone.

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