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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the... See more »

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Marty Malt
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Gus
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Jackie Chrome
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Rosarita
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Doctor Scurvy
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Dirk Delta
King Moody ...
Twinkee Doodle
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Kitty
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Syd
Carrie Lynn ...
Nicolette
Anna Berger ...
Mrs. Malt
Lydell M. Cheshier ...
Dexter
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Marjorie Zipp
Theodocia Goodrich ...
Mrs. Bielfuss
Laurianne Jameson ...
Shirley
Debra Perkins ...
Pickles
Charles Knapp ...
Sloppy
Clifford Streit ...
Raoul
Richard Morrison ...
Elvis
Charles Winkler ...
Dirk Delta's Assistant
Landon Godfrey ...
Unfamiliar Waitress
Gary Vonderlinden ...
Joey
Roberts Gannaway ...
Denny Ginkle
Marc David Decker ...
Barber
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Mouseman
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Rufus Bing
Michele Rifkin ...
Seamstress
Harold Sokol ...
Apples Yonahan
Ingrid Rifkin ...
Cigarette Girl
Elizabeth Sokol ...
Lady Wrapped in Guaze
Steve Bing ...
Basketball Player
Tony Markes ...
Muscle Man
Jason Logan ...
Man Behind Counter
Milica Kastner ...
Dirk's Babe (as Milicia Kastner)
Libby White-Cooper ...
Dirk's Babe
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Human Xylophone
Tonya Reneé Banks ...
Human Xylophone (as Tanya Banks)
Cindy Sorenson ...
Human Xylophone
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Human Xylophone
John Hayden ...
Human Xylophone
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Sobbing Patron (uncredited)
Nina L. Sussman ...
Garbage Dump Corpse (uncredited)
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Patron at Sloppy's (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Directed by

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Adam Rifkin

Written by

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Adam Rifkin ... ()

Produced by

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Lucy Ann Buffett ... associate producer (as Lucy Anne Buffett)
Ron Diamond ... co-producer (as Ronald J. Diamond)
Cassian Elwes ... producer
Mark Daniel Jones ... executive producer
Lisa Lange ... associate producer
William Martens ... production executive
William Talmadge ... executive producer
Randolf Turrow ... executive producer
Brad Wyman ... producer

Music by

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Marc David Decker

Cinematography by

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Joey Forsyte

Film Editing by

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Peter Schink

Editorial Department

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Mike Donahue ... assistant editor (as Michael Donahue)
Julia Gray ... first assistant film editor
Robert O'Haver ... apprentice editor
Jill K. Pontiff ... apprentice editor
James Sheridan ... negative cutter
Chuck Winston ... color timer
Peter Yanovitch ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Tony Markes

Production Design by

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Sherman Williams

Art Direction by

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Wendy Guidery

Costume Design by

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Alexandria Forster

Makeup Department

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Margaux Andersen ... additional makeup artist
Sheryl Berkoff ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Michael Burnett ... special makeup effects artist
Kelcey Fry ... additional makeup artist
Tony Gardner ... special makeup designer
Lesa Ann Pedriana ... additional makeup artist (as Lesa-Ann Pedriana)
Nina L. Sussman ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Ron Diamond ... unit production manager (as Ronald J. Diamond)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chris Edmonds ... first assistant director
Katie James ... second assistant director
Ann C. Salzer ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Marc Alexandre ... carpenter
Aram Allan ... construction coordinator
Noah Burke ... additional prop assistant
Stanton Chaney ... set dresser
Brian Clarke ... artist: Blumps artwork
Daniel E. Espinosa ... carpenter
Robert Falls ... set dresser
Hassan Ali Fatemi ... art department assistant
Amanda J. Flick ... billboard artist
Robbie Freed ... on-set dresser (as Robert Freed)
Steven Metz Freiman ... leadman
Matthew Haynes ... carpenter
Paul Holman ... set dresser
Claire Kaufman ... key scenic artist
Charles Mehling ... set dresser
Kenny Minster ... property master
Bradley James Norlander ... scenic artist
Jeffrey Paul Norlander ... scenic artist
Dan Povenmire ... storyboard artist
'B.' Umberto Rozzo ... set dresser (as Be Rozzo)
Bruce Sulzberg ... art department assistant
Jesse Vare ... assistant to production designer
Dara Waxman ... assistant property master (as Dara Lauren Waxman)
Tim Worman ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Paul Aronoff ... foley recordist
Brad Blake ... foley recordist
Tom Caton ... boom operator (as Huck Caton)
Mary Jo Devenney ... sound mixer
Patrick M. Griffith ... supervising sound editor
J. Stanley Johnston ... technical support
William B. Johnston ... technical support
Gerry Lentz ... adr recordist / sound recording engineer
Paul Vik Marshall ... boom operator
Dean Minnerly ... foley artist
Robert Muchnicki ... foley artist (as Rob Muchnicki)
Derrick Perkins ... digital sound designer (as Derrick C. Perkins)
Ken S. Polk ... re-recording mixer / sound recording engineer
Christopher B. Reeves ... dialogue editor (as Christopher Reeves)
Scott Sanders ... adr recordist
Steve F.B. Smith ... stereo consultant: Dolby

Special Effects by

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Gary F. Bentley ... special effects
Paul Salamoff ... special effects makeup
A.J. Workman ... puppeteer / special effects

Visual Effects by

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Jeffrey A. Okun ... montage optical designer (as Jeff Okun)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stephenie Blakemore ... best boy electric (as Steph Blakemore)
Anderson Broussard III ... electrician (as A. Broussard III)
Stacey Cohen-Maitre ... first assistant camera (as Stacey Ann Cohen)
Jerome Fauci ... Steadicam operator
Juan M. García ... best boy grip
Dean Jackson ... grip
Scott C. Johnston ... dolly grip / key grip
Rachel Kligerman ... assistant still photographer
Dan Kneece ... steadicam operator
William K. Koski ... electrician
Kevin McNeil ... grip
John C. Nadeau ... electrician
Gerry O'Malley ... first assistant camera
Heather Page ... second assistant camera
Lesa Ann Pedriana ... still photographer (as Lesa-Ann Pedriana)
Denny Ray ... camera production assistant
Brett Santucci ... grip
Roger Schweitzer ... video playback operator
James H. Sweeney ... electrician
Newton TerMeer ... gaffer
David Valhalla ... production lighting
J. Wesley ... grip
John Willis III ... electrician (as John 'Jay' Willis III)
Ignacio Woolfolk ... grip (as Nacho Woolfolk)
Robert D. Yeoman ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Robert Yeoman)

Animation Department

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Carol Ann Coates ... cel painter
Shannon Dye ... cel painter
David Kuhn ... animator (as Dave Kuhn)
Dan Povenmire ... animator
James Pyper ... cel painter
Fred Stringer ... cel painter
Gary Vonderlinden ... cel painter

Casting Department

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Adele Daniller ... casting assistant
Nicole Nathanson ... casting assistant
Robin Strober ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lesley Aitken ... wardrobe assistant
Terry Binder ... additional wardrobe assistant
Alicia Lunes ... seamstress
David Rotman ... wardrobe: Mr. Rifkin

Location Management

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Mark Fifer ... location manager

Music Department

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Joe Boemecke ... musician: accordion
Marc David Decker ... conductor
David Jenkins ... music producer
David McKelvey ... music coach: harmonica, Bill Paxton
Melba Yale ... music coach: accordion, Bill Paxton

Transportation Department

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Mitchell Bergman ... transportation coordinator
Jeff Freitas ... driver
Sam McCutchen ... driver
John F. Teeple ... driver: honeywagon (as John Teeple)

Other crew

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Brian Belknap ... supplier: accordion
Elisar Cabrera ... production assistant
Jeffrey Capp ... production assistant
Larry Da Silva ... production financing (as Lawrence N. Da Silva)
Miles Dougal ... third arm anatomical reference expert
Jamie Geller ... publicist
Dillon Kastner ... production assistant
John D. Kelly ... production assistant
Kathy Lubinsky ... script supervisor
Susan Markes ... unit publicist
Glenn Mason ... production assistant
Richard McQuilkin ... project development
Laurie Russman ... craft service
Sandy Sanocki-Johnson ... assistant to producer
David Silverman ... creator: Blumps concept
David Spell ... assistant to director
Bill Stevens ... production assistant
Marion Weidner ... main title treatment
Benjamin Whitehouse ... production accountant (as Benj Whitehouse)
William W. Williams ... production assistant (as W. Wythe Williams)
Robert Wyman ... legal services

Thanks

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Mark Barinholtz ... grateful acknowledgment (as Mark Barenholtz)
Karen Bohannon-Gaunty ... grateful acknowledgment (as Karen Gaunty)
Valerie Breiman ... grateful acknowledgment
David Creigh ... grateful acknowledgment
Larry Estes ... grateful acknowledgment
Ken Kamins ... grateful acknowledgment
Elliott Kastner ... grateful acknowledgment
John Landis ... grateful acknowledgment
Adam Rifkin ... grateful acknowledgment (as Rif Coogan)
Marion Spiegelman ... grateful acknowledgment
Betty Wyman Taylor ... grateful acknowledgment
Dallas Taylor ... grateful acknowledgment
Art Vargas ... grateful acknowledgment
Kurt Woolner ... grateful acknowledgment

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the "comedian" grows a third arm out of his back, the friend uses this twist to get him signed up with a sleazy talent agent, and it begins to look like his career is on the move, even though his girlfriend has left him. Written by Ed Sutton

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Taglines It's the world inside out. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Man with Three Arms (United Kingdom)
  • À plein tube! (France)
  • Marty, el chepa (Spain)
  • Ciemna strona (Poland)
  • Por Trás das Cenas (Brazil)
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  • 101 min
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Trivia Director Adam Rifkin wrote the screenplay when he was nineteen-years-old. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Welcome to Hollywood (1998). See more »
Quotes Gus: I will laugh SO hard, my stomach will burst open and spray bile all over the stage!
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