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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 »

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ben's cocktail "Petit Grégory" is a reference to a murder case in France that involved the killing of the 4-year-old Grégory who was found floating in a river with his hands and legs tied (much like the olive in the cocktail that is tied to a sugar cube). The murder case was covered very thoroughly by the media; a phenomenon that this movie deals with. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ben: Pigeon, winged cloak of gray, In the city's hellish maw One glance & you fly away Your grace holds me in awe
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Alternate Versions

The uncut European version shows the child of the upper-class couple being killed. See more »

Connections

References Port of Shadows (1938) See more »

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This One Has Teeth: Perhaps The Meanest Satire On Sensationalist Media Of All Time
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

I remember renting 'Man Bites Dog' (or 'C'est Arrivé Près De Chez Vous' which is its original title) on a hunch in the mid-nineties, because I found the title and the cover on the VHS cassette intriguing. I had no idea for what kind of ride I was in. At first I was taken aback a bit, as I didn't expect the film to be in black and white. And then it simply blew me away. This mix of realism, pitch-black comedy and shocking (though not very graphic) violence had me on the edge of my seat throughout, and I simply hadn't seen anything like it before.

The direction and the realistic performances in 'Man Bites Dog' are simply outstanding; when I later watched it with a friend of mine he was visibly shaken at first, because he had thought he had watched a real documentary (which is obviously the film's intention). What must be mentioned above all else though, is the standout tour-de-force performance by the charismatic and frequently hilarious lead: Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde who also co-wrote and co-directed the film. He IS the film, and I have a hard time imagining the story working so well without his inspired, genius turn.

'Man Bites Dog' is perhaps one of the best and most original satires on sensationalist media since Sidney Lumet's seminal movie 'Network'; it's certainly the meanest (and not for the easily offended, mind you). In my opinion, it's a flat-out masterpiece. Highly recommended. 10 stars out of 10.

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