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The State of Things (1982)

Der Stand der Dinge (original title)
On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich... See full summary »

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Robert Kramer (screenplay), Wim Wenders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Weingarten Isabelle Weingarten ... Anna
Rebecca Pauly Rebecca Pauly ... Joan
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime ... Mark
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Robert
Camila Mora-Scheihing Camila Mora-Scheihing ... Julia (as Camila Mora)
Alexandra Auder Alexandra Auder ... Jane
Patrick Bauchau ... Friedrich Munro
John Paul Getty III John Paul Getty III ... Dennis (as J. Paul Getty III)
Viva ... Kate
Samuel Fuller ... Joe
Artur Semedo Artur Semedo ... Production Manager
Francisco Baião Francisco Baião ... Soundman
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer ... Camera Operator
Allen Garfield ... Gordon
Roger Corman ... The Lawyer
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Storyline

On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich Munro attempts to find him in hopes of being able to finish the film. Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They didn't want to kill him. They just wanted a story.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The State of Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller's character is a cameraman named Joe. Fuller named him in honor of his friend and longtime cinematographer, Joseph F. Biroc. See more »

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Quotes

Mark: You know, I take pictures, photographs, but I never really thought in black and white before I saw our rushes. Do you know what I mean? You can see the shape of things.
Joe: Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic.
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Crazy Credits

When the opening credits finally appear(about 10 minutes into the film), they appear letter by letter as if typed by a typewriter. When the credits completely fill the screen, the camera pans to the left, wiping the credits off the screen. See more »

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One of my all time favorite
18 January 2000 | by bozotangSee all my reviews

This is one movie I've enjoyed seeing over and over.It's one of my all time favorite. The story is pretty simple; A filmmaker runs out of money while shooting in Portugal. He goes looking for his producer in Los Angeles to find out what is going on. This one of the most beautifully shot movie in black and white I've seen and it helps to set the overall atmosphere of the film. The cast is great and the story flows right along. Apart from a few lenghty scenes (wich is why I gave it a 9), you won't be disappointed.If you're interested at all about movie making don't miss this one.


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