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Dreams with Sharp Teeth -- Crackling with infectious energy, DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH pays homage to the dark prince of American letters, Harlan Ellison. Master of his craft, Ellison has heroically produced over 75 books and more than 1,700 classics of fiction and non-fiction on one of his Olympia manual typewriters, including the single most popular Star Trek episode ("City on the Edge of Forever") and brilliant, award-winning short stories, some written in bookstore windows, on very public display. Wildly imaginative writer, flame-tongued provocateur, unholy fusion of Lenny Bruce and Mark Twain, Ellison's remarkable personal journey is lovingly rendered by director Erik Nelson. The film draws on over 25 years of exclusive video footage that captures Ellison at his most inspiring and irritating, curmudgeonly and lovable. See Ellison rant about the idiocies of geekdom, confess to mailing a dead gopher to an executive at a publishing house, recall his rebellious childhood, and speak about the joy (and craft) of writing. The film features candid interviews with famous and surprising friends, including actor Robin Williams, author Neil Gaiman and Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), who flesh out Ellison's prodigious contributions to the worlds of literature and popular culture, as well as their very personal encounters with this unique Force Of Nature. Whether a die-hard Ellison fan or someone tragically uninitiated, DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH will amuse, inspire, infuriate, and edify.
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4 June 2008 (USA) See more »
A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Harlan Ellison ... Himself

Robin Williams ... Himself

Neil Gaiman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edie Adams ... Trina Yale in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Haskell Barkin ... Himself

Tony Bennett ... Hymie Kelly in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)

Stephen Boyd ... Frank Fane in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Michael Cassutt ... Himself

Peter David ... Himself
Stu Levin ... Himself

Ronald D. Moore ... Himself
Josh Olson ... Himself
Nicholas Podbrey ... Himself
Dan Simmons ... Himself
Tom Snyder ... Himself (archive footage)

Elke Sommer ... Kay Bergdahl in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)

Jill St. John ... Laurel Scott in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Connie Willis ... Herself

Directed by
Erik Nelson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erik Nelson  writer

Produced by
Randall M. Boyd .... co-producer
Amy Briamonte .... executive producer
Erik Nelson .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Thompson 
Cinematography by
Wes Dorman 
Film Editing by
Randall M. Boyd 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Martin .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Glenn Bates .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Douglas Martin .... visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Bartholomew Burcham .... assistant editor
Herrianne Cayabyab .... assistant on-line editor
Terence Curren .... colorist
Terence Curren .... on-line editor
Colin Hatton .... post-production coordinator
David W. Ryan .... assistant editor
Other crew
Colin Hatton .... post-production coordinator
Tom Ronca .... segment producer

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Additional Details

USA:96 min

Did You Know?

Director Nelson was only 24 when he first videotaped Ellison at a typewriter for a March 1981 PBS documentary about science fiction and fantasy writers - footage that is included in this filmSee more »
Harlan Ellison:[pointing to metal shelving] These are my extra typewriters.
Robin Williams:[laughing loudly] This is like an ammunition dump!
Harlan Ellison:Well, yeah, I use typewriters. They're all Olympias, and I have all my typewriter ribbons in the refrigerator.
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Even if you don't know a thing about him, it's funny and revealing of human nature, 22 August 2009
Author: Allegra Sloman from Vancouver, Canada

I had the privilege of watching this with two other people who saw Harlan Ellison with me at a now legendary appearance in the late 80's in Toronto, and we kept looking at each other and snickering. But even if you never saw him live, read any of his work, or had any familiarity with him at all, you can appreciate this documentary as being about a man WORTHY of a documentary. He's just that bloody entertaining.

The soundtrack - by Richard Thompson, the legendary Brit folkie - is amazing, by the way.

Some of the camera work is really amateurish, but most of the straight interview footage is well shot. The camera work and the parts that got left out of Ellison's bio - probably in deference to his storied litigiousness - are what knocked this down to 8 out of 10.

His initial 'interview' with Robin Williams is worth watching even if you can't spend the time on the rest of the movie. Within minutes we were all helplessly laughing.

If you're at all interested in SF, either literary or media, movies, have a love affair with the English language or just want to see what it's like to be a legendary, visionary, prolific, brilliant and uncompromising pain in the rear, see this film. I intend to watch it again as some of the dialogue went by so fast I missed it, and it was really, really funny.

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