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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Crumb Robert Crumb ... Himself
Aline Kominsky Aline Kominsky ... Herself (as Aline Crumb)
Charles Crumb Charles Crumb ... Himself
Maxon Crumb Maxon Crumb ... Himself
Robert Hughes Robert Hughes ... Himself
Martin Muller Martin Muller ... Himself
Don Donahue Don Donahue ... Himself
Dana Morgan Dana Morgan ... Herself (as Dana Crumb)
Trina Robbins Trina Robbins ... Herself
Spain Rodriguez Spain Rodriguez ... Himself
Bill Griffith Bill Griffith ... Himself
Deirdre English Deirdre English ... Herself
Peggy Orenstein Peggy Orenstein ... Herself
Beatrice Crumb Beatrice Crumb ... Herself
Kathy Goodell Kathy Goodell ... Herself


This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb's own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Weird sex · Obsession · Comic books

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic sex-related cartoons, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Крамб See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Superior Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prior to the film's release, Robert Crumb's brother Charles committed suicide. See more »


"San Francisco" is misspelled in the closing titles. The caption reads: "Max Crumb still lives in San Francicsco". See more »


Charles Crumb: How perfectly goddamned delightful it all is, to be sure.
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Referenced in Love (2015) See more »


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Portrait of an Artist
23 April 2006 | by wesruv-1See all my reviews

I'm writing this mostly as a rebuttal to some of the bad reviews. This is an honest portrait of an artist, like him or not, it's well done, and certainly thought provoking; and while he may not be the best spoken man on earth I thought the film was amazing. But be forewarned he is, to put it plainly, perverted and incredibly eccentric but also honest and self aware, take it for what you will.

**possible spoilers below** One comment accused the film of being voyeuristic and going against what Crumb's art is about-which is ludicrous, in the film he sits in a few lounges and draws portraits of people in his sketchpad that are more than voyeuristic- everything about his art lends itself to this kind of look into his life. Hell, he has autobiographical comics that are just as voyeuristic as the film. It's Crumb in his own words closing a chapter of his life.

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