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

Director:

Terry Zwigoff

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Cast

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
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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,174,695
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During his years-long, money-starved struggle to make this documentary, director Terry Zwigoff was laid up in bed with crippling back pain and was suicidally depressed. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Terry Zwigoff: What are you trying to get at in your work?
Robert Crumb: Jesus! I dunno. I don't work in terms of conscious messages. I can't do that. It has to be something that I'm revealing to myself while I'm doing it. It's hard to explain. Which means that, while I'm doing it, I don't know what it's about. You have to have the courage, or the... to take that chance, you know? What's gonna come out? What's coming out of this? I enjoy drawing. It's a deeply ingrained habit.
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Soundtracks

Frog-I-More Rag
Composed by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Performed by David Boeddinghaus
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An astonishing look at relativity
27 January 1999 | by mprinsSee all my reviews

What makes Crumb such an intriguing documentary isn't the fact that man looked at through the camera is admirable or interesting or laudable, although one could make the argument that R. Crumb is all of those things. No, what makes Crumb such a great film is the way it shows the twisted nature of Crumb against the backdrop of his nearly psychotic family. Compared to the world, R. Crumb is a sexual deviant, a lunatic genius, and a perfect candidate to be taken away in a plain white van. Compared to his family, R. Crumb is completely and utterly normal. It's this juxtaposition that makes Crumb work over all two hours the movie needs to take its course.


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