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An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

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

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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Trivia

Filmed over a period of six years. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dian Hanson: Robert doesn't exaggerate anything in his comics. The women are exactly the way he wants them, and he really accurately portrays himself as the skinny, bad posture, myopic man he is. Some people wonder if he doesn't exaggerate the size of his penis, which always appears awfully big in the comics. Robert does not exaggerate anything. He *is* endowed with one of the biggest penises in the world.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

35th Street Blues
Composed by Charles Levy
Performed by David Boeddinghaus
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Insightful
18 March 2006 | by FreeMMSee all my reviews

Fascinating documentary about a US underground cartoonist, Robert Crumb. Although I'd heard of Crumb (mainly through American Splendour I wasn't that aware of his work although some of his cartoons were images that I'd seen before. Basically the guy did an assortment of freaky and surreal images straight out of the darker recesses of his mind. Criticised for his portrayal of women in his comics by some, the film delves into what can only be described as a unique family background, where his brothers appear to be as divorced from reality as his comics are. It was good enough to get me to go and check out some of his stuff.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crumb See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,859, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$3,041,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,041,083
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Superior Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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