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Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Comedy  |  25 August 2011 (USA)
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When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself (as Eddie) (as 'Eddie Lee Sausage')
Mitch Deprey ...
Mitchell D (as Mitch) (as 'Mitchell D')
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Himself - Comic Artist
Ivan Brunetti ...
Himself - Comic Artist
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Himself - Film Director
Robert Mothersbaugh ...
Himself - DEVO (as Bob Mothersbaugh)
Ursula Mothersbaugh ...
Herself
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Himself - Film Producer (as Henry Rosenthal) (as Henry S. Rosenthal)
Tony Newton ...
Himself
Mark Gunderson ...
Himself - Radio Host - The Sound of Plaid (as Trademark G) (as Mark Gunderson aka Trademark G)
Christy Brand ...
Herself (as Frillypants) (as Christy Brand aka Frillypants)
Gregg Gibbs ...
Himself - Artist / Playwright
David Stein ...
Himself
Dan Augustine ...
Himself - Fan
Doug Levy ...
Himself - Obsessive Fan (as Doug Levy) (as Douglas Levy)
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In 1987 San Francisco, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey began recording the squabbles of their stranger than fiction neighbors, the bigoted Raymond Huffman and the out and proud Peter Haskett. The recital of the pair's outrageous reality quickly took on a life of its own. This darkly funny documentary chronicles the history of Raymond and Peter, as well as what happened to former slackers Eddie and Mitch, who paint a picture of not only their outrageous neighbors, but also of San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood in the late 1980s. Interviews with others who were influenced by the recordings document their broad influence on a variety of artists, near and far. Written by TrivWhiz

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$4,117 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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$19,654 (USA) (30 September 2011)
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First feature to be made and released from the South Australian Film Corporation's FilmLab initiative. See more »

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Archival Material "The Shut Up Little Man!" recordings © 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008 Shut Up Little Man LLC See more »

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Funny, profane doc is enjoyable
5 August 2011 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary at the Traverse City (MI) Film Festival. Two Midwestern college grads move to California in 1987, only to find that their new apartment has a pair of profane, arguing drunks living next door. After being awakened repeatedly by their new neighbors' rants, the guys start audio taping the fights. Eventually they collect dozens of hours of material, share bits with their friends, and an underground sensation begins. Tapes, comic strips, a play, and even a puppet show depicting Peter and Ray, the fighting neighbors, emerged throughout the 90's. At one point 3 competing movie productions were planning films about the couple.

The first 30 minutes or so of the doc sets up the scenario and lays the background to the story. It is this part, when we are first introduced to the vulgar fighting couple, where the movie is at its best. Unfortunately the film can't sustain the humor and energy from the first third of the film, as we follow the legal battle to determine who has the rights to the recordings. The film ends with the college guys returning to the scene of their recordings, 20+ years later, and investigating what has happened to their old neighbors. Still, I found the story engrossing and interesting enough to sustain my attention through the second half of the film. The movie is entertaining, but if you're easily offended by profanity look elsewhere!


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