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Crap Shoot: The Documentary (2007)

When a scientist and his narrator visit L.A. to research Hollywood filmmaking, their engrossing documentary about movies becomes an outlandish movie about documentaries.


(as Ken Close)


(as Ken Close)

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Credited cast:
Kenneth R. Close ...
Ken Close
James E. Horton ...
The Narrator
Joey Medina
Amaris Dupree
Rhoda Jordan
Jason Childress ...
Ned Quincy
Michael Close ...
The Magician
Michael Condro ...
Michael Condro
Brian J. Murphy ...
Martial Artist / Wererat / Runner
Michael Hauge ...
Michael Hauge
Tom Hofbauer ...
Tom Hofbauer
Oliver Schultheiss ...
The Professor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brown ...
Movie Patron
Randall Burtch ...
Randy Burtch
Carol A. Close ...
Carol Close


One of America's top research scientists and his bumbling narrator cruise the endless urban maze of Los Angeles to determine if, as screenwriter William Goldman once stated, "Nobody knows anything about what makes a movie work." They discover that the movie business is not just a crap shoot - the enigmatic science of bio-psychology secretly guides all blockbuster hits. But as their study of Hollywood's creative development process slowly degenerates into a raunchy road trip, their entertaining documentary about movies becomes a hilarious movie about documentaries. Written by Ken Close

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5 May 2007 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)


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Ken Close: I've contacted one hundred and twenty-six of the biggest names in Hollywood. Are you going to be okay helping me interview them?
The Narrator: I'll show you how a small town DJ narrates in the big city.
Ken Close: Good, and I'll show you where the Oscars grow!
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 II. Allegretto
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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24 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this very much. I normally don't watch documentaries, but this one was very interesting. I wonder what other ideas this guy has, because I've not been more informed about Hollywood or entertained by a movie, let alone a documentary in a long while. There seems to be a lot of drama between all the different crew members that I didn't know go on behind the scenes. I would like to see this guy get hired going behind the scenes of movies and documenting all the drama behind the scenes. I never knew how hard it was for actors, writers, and producers to get a shot at stardom. With this documentary, I understood all of this and then some.

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