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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.

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Trent Harris

Writer:

Trent Harris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crispin Glover ... Rubin Farr
Howard Hesseman ... Ed Tuttle
Karen Black ... Rula
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
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rubin & Ed See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

When Crispin Glover did his infamous David Letterman appearance in character as Rubin, it wasn't to promote the film because it was still being written by Trent Harris, and wouldn't come out for four years. But the appearance did wind up connecting onto the movie as being "the movie about the character who tried kicking David Letterman four years earlier." See more »

Goofs

In one shot when Ed points towards Rubin (the camera behind Ed) as Rubin is walking up the desert hill with his cooler, there's a jet-stream visible in the blue sky beyond Rubin (which looks intentional). Three seconds later, after cutting back from a closeup of Rubin, the jet-stream is gone. See more »

Quotes

Rubin: I am the king of the echo people!
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Referenced in Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015) See more »

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Symphony #1 in D Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Suddeutsche Philharmonie
Conducted by Dennis Zsoltay
Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc.
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You really need this movie
20 January 2001 | by Lucky-63See all my reviews

Now and then, despite any reservations your brain might have, a movie gotcha. Sometimes you have to see it a dozen times first. Then various lines start to spring from your mouth and you can't and don't want to stop. It doesn't make any sense: the movie is *different* (like pet iguanas and Carmen Ghias), which isn't bad, and trivial (like Who was the Head of the Class? Who shoveled the coal on The Dead Man's train?), and just plain stupid (like Andy Warhol's art, or land so radioactive it'll kill you in 30 seconds, or expensive real estate seminars).

But Oh Lord! for some reason you're tickled pink to see it... every time, you're happy as a clam and pleased as punch. Never mind that when you watch it, everyone thinks you're a fraud failure. Never mind that your cat-loving friends find it repulsive. Why are some people compelled to reinact The Rocky Horror over and over? Why why why why why you may echo?

This movie is "cooler" than some. Cooler movies ask hard stuff, like Who Am I? Who was Mahler? Who was Dr. Scholl, anyways? Drink deep. And remember to be at Room 71 at 6 o'clock, if you want to climb higher and higher.


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