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Rubin and Ed (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 1992 (USA)
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An unsuccessful, nervous businessman gradually comes to befriend an eccentric, asocial nerd on a trip to Utah to bury a deceased cat.


Trent Harris


Trent Harris





Cast overview, first billed only:
Crispin Glover ... Rubin Farr
Howard Hesseman ... Ed Tuttle
Karen Black ... Rula
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Mr. Busta
Anna Louise Daniels Anna Louise Daniels ... Rubin's Mom
Brittney Lewis Brittney Lewis ... Poster Girl
Jonathan Chapin ... Brat
Ray Gordon Ray Gordon ... Barking Man
Jane Mendenhall Jane Mendenhall ... Woman By Pool
Dorene Nielsen Dorene Nielsen ... Ed's Mom
James Nielsen James Nielsen ... Ed's Dad
Frank Magner Frank Magner ... Bob
Diane St. Cyr Diane St. Cyr ... Bonnie
Aaron Tranberg Aaron Tranberg ... Desk Sergeant
Michael Scott Michael Scott ... Jimbo


Reclusive Rubin Farr teams up with vocal but unsuccessful multi-level salesman Ed Tuttle on a quest to bury Rubin's dead cat in the "perfect spot." Their trip takes them across Utah's desert where they have run-ins with Ed's ex-wife Rula and an elusive Andy Warhol critic. Written by Janna L. Gifford

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As soon as Ed saves Rubin's life, he's gonna kill him.


Comedy | Drama


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Filming started on September 24, 1990, and stopped due to the departure of actor Peter Boyle. Howard Hesseman replaced Peter Boyle and shooting resumed on October 16, 1990. See more »


For one or two shots, Rubin's shoe faces the wrong way as it spins towards Rula and Jimbo's car. See more »


Ed: Ever wonder why people wear clothes?
Rubin: Nope.
Ed: But...well, look at it this way. Man's best friend is his apparel. Now, you start to dress for success, and you will score with the babes, and make the big bucks. You gotta admit that's true!
Rubin: I don't have to admit that.
Ed: You have to admit that!
Rubin: No, I don't!
Ed: Yes, you do!
Rubin: I don't have to admit anything!
Ed: You have to admit there's hair on your head!
Rubin: No, I don't!
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Symphony #1 in D Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Suddeutsche Philharmonie
Conducted by Dennis Zsoltay
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Car's back, everything's cool.
11 October 2004 | by jbax44See all my reviews

My memories of this movie date to when Crispin appeared on the Letterman show dressed as Rubin. Totally in character, he attempted to kick Dave in the head with his four inch shoes and I believe has never been invited back.

This movie truly is more quotable than Caddyshack. "Who's the biggest loser in this room?" Rubin: "Raise your hand, Ed." But my favorite line has got to be when Ed finally drags Rubin to that stupid seminar and claims "Car's back, everything's cool."

If you like to laugh, see this movie. It's an all-time cult classic.

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Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,131, 17 May 1992

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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