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Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1995 (USA)
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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director:

Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Nick Reve
Catherine Keener ... Nicole Springer
Dermot Mulroney ... Wolf
Danielle von Zerneck ... Wanda
James Le Gros ... Chad Palomino (as James LeGros)
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Cora
Peter Dinklage ... Tito
Kevin Corrigan ... Assistant Camera
Hilary Gilford Hilary Gilford ... Script
Robert Wightman ... Gaffer
Tom Jarmusch Tom Jarmusch ... Driver / Intern
Michael Griffiths Michael Griffiths ... Sound Mixer / 'Speedo'
Matthew Grace Matthew Grace ... Boom
Ryan Bowker Ryan Bowker ... Food Service / Clapper
Francesca DiMauro Francesca DiMauro ... Production Assistant
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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

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Nick is about to discover the first rule of filmmaking: if at first you don't succeed... PANIC! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom DiCillo originally wrote this as a half-hour showcase for Catherine Keener. See more »

Goofs

Underwear visible when Nicole steps into the shower. See more »

Quotes

Nick: There needs to be more tension when you see him.
Nicole Springer: I thought I wasn't supposed to see him.
Nick: Well, maybe you see him a little.
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Crazy Credits

statement after the end credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are sort of fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is sort of coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Funny and interesting, if convoluted, movie-about-movie.
25 September 1999 | by EThompsonUMDSee all my reviews

Living in Oblivion is an unusual, funny, and interesting example of the movie-about-movies genre, focusing on the low budget, independent movie making scene. The lead performances by Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener are first-rate, and the supporting cast is excellent as well. The film veers from satire to realism to surrealism in depicting the problems and tensions involved in off-off-Hollywood filmmaking. One problem with its structure, though, is the repeated "dream trick." Its first use creates shock and interest, but its second use creates a serious distraction in the third act since the viewer keeps wondering whose dream he or she may be in this time. Overall, an enjoyable film - highly recommended to indie film buffs.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ça tourne à Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,965, 16 July 1995

Gross USA:

$1,111,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,111,790
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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