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Rubber -- When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town; in particular, a mysterious woman becomes his obsession.

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Director:
Writer:
Quentin Dupieux (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 2010 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Are You Tired of the Expected? See more »
Plot:
A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Deep Tread Indeed in this Particular Tire See more (148 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stephen Spinella ... Lieutenant Chad

Jack Plotnick ... Accountant

Wings Hauser ... Man in Wheelchair

Roxane Mesquida ... Sheila

Ethan Cohn ... Film Buff Ethan

Charley Koontz ... Film Buff Charley

Daniel Quinn ... Dad

Devin Brochu ... Son

Hayley Holmes ... Teenager Cindy

Haley Ramm ... Teenager Fiona

Cecelia Antoinette ... Black Woman (as Cecilia Antoinette)
David Bowe ... Mr. Hughes

Remy Thorne ... Zach (as Remi Thorne)

Tara Jean O'Brien ... Cleaning Lady (as Tara O'Brien)

Thomas F. Duffy ... Cop Xavier
Pete Dicecco ... Cop Luke (as Pete Di Cecco)

James Parks ... Cop Doug

Courtenay Taylor ... Cop Denise (as Courtenay K. Taylor)

Blake Robbins ... Cop Eric
Michael Ross ... Truck Driver
Gaspard Augé ... Hitchhiker
Pedro Winter ... Tires Burner
Goodyear ... Robert (as Robert)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gayle Kate ... Movie Buff Spectator (uncredited)
Eloy Lara ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Directed by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Writing credits
Quentin Dupieux (written by)

Produced by
Julien Berlan .... producer
Gregory Bernard .... producer
Josef Lieck .... associate producer
Josef Lieck .... line producer
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... supervising producer (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Original Music by
Gaspard Augé 
Quentin Dupieux  (as Mr. Oizo)
 
Cinematography by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Film Editing by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Casting by
Andy Henry 
Donna Morong 
Juliette Ménager 
 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
 
Costume Design by
Jamie Redwood  (as Jamie Bresnan)
 
Makeup Department
Akiko Matsumoto .... key makeup artist
Yusuke Tateishi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Grégory Bernard .... assistant unit manager
T. Scott Keiner .... unit production manager
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... post-production supervisor (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karla Carnewal .... second assistant director
Ian J. Putnam .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Nathan Amondson .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Stéphane De Rocquigny .... sound mixer
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Tim D. Lloyd .... boom operator
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician
Marco Castillo .... special effects technician
Milan Jancic .... special effects technician
Valek Sykes .... puppeteer
Valek Sykes .... special effects supervisor
Tom Talmon .... special mechanical design
 
Visual Effects by
Fabien Feintrenie .... title designer
 
Stunts
Pete Dicecco .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Quentin Dupieux .... camera operator
Walter Laudin .... gaffer
Caroline Lehello .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Phill Zagajewski .... executive in charge of casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Nakagawa .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Aurélien Guégan .... post-production consultant
Hélène Sevaux .... digital image technician
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... assistant editor (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... post-production coordinator (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Music Department
Lola Zaidline .... writer & singer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Hugo Ocana .... transportation co-captain
Tony Ruiz .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier
Sarah Clifford .... insect wrangler
Tonto Goldstein .... production accountant
Tara Jean O'Brien .... production coordinator (as Tara O'Brien)
Samantha Schwartz .... production assistant
Wednesday Standley .... production coordinator
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... script consultant (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
Phill Zagajewski .... story editor
 
Thanks
Edward McGurn .... grateful thanks
Olivier Père .... thanks
Chrys Wong .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent images and language
Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III (film festival rating) | Japan:R15+ | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46682)

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Trivia:
One of the Spectators is played by Daniel Quinn, who starred in Scanner Cop (1994) (V) as a man who could make people's heads explode with his mind, just as the tire does in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the tricycle is moving along the road (at around 1h 14 mins), the picture flips and the bell and lone handlebar grip streamer move from the left-hand side to the right-hand side and then back again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lieutenant Chad:In the Steven Spielberg movie "E.T.," why is the alien brown? No reason. In "Love Story," why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone's "JFK," why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent "Chain Saw Massacre" by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in "The Pianist" by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is, no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason. And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can't we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages? No fuckin' reason.
Cop Xavier:[honks the horn] Come on! Don't waste your time explaining that garbage. Let's go!
Lieutenant Chad:Just a minute. Let me finish.
[looks back at the audience]
Lieutenant Chad:Ladies, gentlemen, the film you are about to see today is an homage to the "no reason" - that most powerful element of style.
[pours his glass of water on the ground before getting back into the trunk of the police car]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wrong Cops (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sinfonia #2See more »

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117 out of 162 people found the following review useful.
Deep Tread Indeed in this Particular Tire, 6 March 2011
Author: jd7myers-1 from United States

It was a rainy Sunday and I went looking for cheese, but found a savory meal. Frankly, I was hoping to kill off a few brain cells in the mindless fun of watching a movie about a killer tire. Expecting something along the lines of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, I wanted to drown myself in delicious B-movie goodness. This coming from the man that cannot change the channel when my remote calls up images of Joan Collins being eaten by giant ants in Empire of the Ants.

Yet soon I realized that this film was so much more than horror spoof or a silly gimmick film. The movie opens with a desert road randomly strewn with simple wooden parsonage chairs facing in all directions. Next a car appears and begins deliberately swerving into the chairs, breaking each one of them, until it comes to a halt. At that point, a sheriff emerges (from out of the trunk?!) and knocks on the driver door where he is handed a full glass of water. The sheriff breaks the fourth wall and begins addressing the audience by speaking of the "no reason" principle of famous movies like E.T., Love Story and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This narration immediately reminded me of the criminologist from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I suddenly did not know what to expect from this movie.

I honestly think the less said about this film the better. Suffice it to say that Rubber is one part B-movie schlock, one part David Lynch, and one part Hitchcock. (Did I just actually go there?) On my first watching of the movie, I appreciated its style. The camera angles, the homage to Psycho, the riveting and unnerving sound track were somehow quite effective in producing suspense. Quite remarkable when the serial tire is a generic tire! Juxtaposed against this atmospheric cinematography was a very healthy dose of absurdity and dark humor. This makes for an extremely interesting viewing experience, where the audience switches abruptly from anticipation to laughter to abject confusion.

The sheriff tells us that there is "no reason" for this film. What a deceit! Because there is a reason for virtually everything – from the opening scene of the destruction of chairs, to the irony of a Nascar race, to the well placed remake of the song "Just Don't Want to be Lonely" to (yes!) the turkey. Irony abounds even as our in character heroine proclaims that she cannot read the lines of dialog because they are garbage.

The second time I watched this movie, I focused on its true theme. I realized with delight that the movie is about movies and their audiences. Pay very close attention to every scene with the bystanders on the road and you will realize that the killer tire story is not the actual plot at all. Also, on second viewing, you can revel in the brilliant personification of the killer tire (Robert). A tire that learns, sleeps, recreates, dreams, and even has flashbacks to his previous inanimate incarnation on an actual car. Observe the film structure and use of the reflecting glass and incineration scene as key catalysts. You will be amazed at all you missed when first watching this movie.

Astonishingly, this became my favorite movie of 2011 so far. Lovers of film should not miss this.

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