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American Movie -- American Movie is the true-tale of aspiring auteur Mark Borchardt as he tries to make a horror flick while a documentary crew captures every moment both hilarious and poignant.
American Movie -- A hapless amateur filmmaker struggles to produce his latest horror film, "Coven."

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Release Date:
13 April 2000 (Australia) See more »
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Plot:
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A great film See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Borchardt ... Filmmaker
Tom Schimmels ... Actor in 'Coven'
Monica Borchardt ... Mark's Mom
Alex Borchardt ... Mark's Brother
Chris Borchardt ... Mark's Brother
Ken Keen ... Friend / Associate Producer
Mike Schank ... Friend / Musician
Matt Weisman ... Casting director
Bill Borchardt ... Mark's Uncle / Executive Producer (as Uncle Bill)
Cliff Borchardt ... Mark's Dad
Tom Beach ... Production manager
Joan Petrie ... Mark's Girlfriend / Associate Producer
Robert Richard Jorge ... Actor
Dean Allen ... Props / Special effects
Tommy Dallace ... The Movie Star
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Miriam Frost ... Actor in 'Coven'

Billy Crystal ... Academy Awards EmCee (uncredited)
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Directed by
Chris Smith 
 
Produced by
Jim McKay .... co-producer
Sarah Price .... producer
Chris Smith .... producer
Michael Stipe .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Schank 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Jun Diaz 
Barry Poltermann 
 
Production Management
Paul Mezey .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Todd Leach .... sound
Didier Leplae .... sound
Alex Markowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Price .... sound
Doug Ruschaupt .... sound
Jason Tucker .... sound
Neil Whitacre .... sound
Peter Zinda .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarah Price .... additional photographer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Chi .... associate editor (as Raymond Chi)
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Scott Reeder .... associate editor
Scott Wintheiser .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Julie Panebianco .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Todd Bishop .... titles: 16 mm
Dick Blau .... creative consultant
Patrick Buckley .... production assistant
Dane Didier .... production assistant
Dan Ollman .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Bob Fagan .... special thanks
Wrye Martin .... special thanks
Tony Morrone .... special thanks
Dean Silvers .... special thanks
Kathryn Tucker .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"American Movie: The Making of Northwestern" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some drug content
Runtime:
107 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36811)

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Trivia:
Mark Borchardt says the word "man" 151 times.See more »
Quotes:
Uncle Bill:It's alright, it's okay, there's something to live for... Jesus told me so!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fubar (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mr. BojanglesSee more »

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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A great film, 17 November 1999
Author: Jared X from New York City

Okay, so I'm a sucker for a good documentary, particularly where it tells a modern-day Don Quixote story. A caveat: I met Mark Borchardt in the winter of 1995/96 while he was still working on Coven. But I'll save that story for later. American Movie, which commenced production not long after, accurately portrays the person that I knew, although in greater depth than I expected or believed existed. This is simultaneously a very funny and very sad film, and is brilliantly executed. Mark comes across as his own worse enemy: his childlike ambition and optimism -- which I admire -- is undermined by his apparent artistic ineptitude as well as his bizarre fiscal expectations. But he's also a charismatic guy. His loyal Sancho Panza sidekick is equally likeable: loyal, if frazzled, to the core. Like Don Quixote, American Movie presents an often-ignored inefficient aspect of freedom -- that people will be drawn toward professions to which they are not particularly well-suited, irrespective of repeated failure. It is a great film.

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