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Man Bites Dog (1992)

C'est arrivé près de chez vous (original title)
NC-17 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 January 1993 (USA)
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Writers:

Rémy Belvaux (story), Rémy Belvaux (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Ben
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert ... Ben's Mother (as Jacqueline Poelvoorde Pappaert)
Nelly Pappaert Nelly Pappaert ... Ben's Grandmother
Hector Pappaert Hector Pappaert ... Ben's Grandfather
Jenny Drye Jenny Drye ... Jenny
Malou Madou Malou Madou ... Malou
Willy Vandenbroeck Willy Vandenbroeck ... Boby
Rachel Deman Rachel Deman ... Mamie Tromblon
André Laime André Laime ... Bed-ridden Old Man
Édith Le Merdy Édith Le Merdy ... Nurse (as Edith Lemerdy)
Sylviane Godé Sylviane Godé ... Rape Victim (Martine)
Zoltan Tobolik Zoltan Tobolik ... Rape Victim's Husband
Valérie Parent Valérie Parent ... Valerie
Alexandra Fandango Alexandra Fandango ... Kalifa
Olivier Cotica Olivier Cotica ... Benichou
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Storyline

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Killer Comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Bites Dog See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BEF 1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$205,569
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Artistes Anonymes See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Due to budget problems, it took the filmmakers over a year to complete the film. The company ran out of money several times and shooting had to be postponed until more money could be raised. A lot of friends and family of the filmmakers contributed to the film, both behind and in front of the cameras. See more »

Goofs

When Ben plays the piano, his hands play out of sync with the music. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Granny Snuff, ever been snuffed out?
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Alternate Versions

ENDING SPOILERS - In some versions, the final shot, where everyone dies, lasts until the film runs out of the camera, which leaves a blank white screen after the film slips out of the camera's gate. In other versions, there is a dissolve between the the final shot and the blank screen at a much sooner point--and the viewer does not see the film slip out of the gate. The Criterion Collection edition released in 2002 has the latter version of the final shot. See more »

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Referenced in End Roll (2012) See more »

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A vivid example of good cinema
2 February 1999 | by roger-fSee all my reviews

That's the one I was looking for...

Beautifully shot in black and white, this piece of art about a killer followed by a film crew is technically incredible.Camera movements or sound effects are among the most innovative I have ever seen. Besides, the dialogues are so funny...

We watch a lot of people being shot and this might shock a lot of people, but if the viewers bear in mind the real purpose of this "massacre" (to denounce the violence rather than glorify it), this movie is really funny.

I surprised myself talking with a Belgium accent and learning by heart the dialogues in order to make people laugh. It lasted 3 years...

This is definitely a masterpiece that I would not recommend to everybody, especially because of its visual violence, but filmgoers who would like to see something different should definitely check this one.


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