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Schizopolis (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery | 9 April 1997 (USA)
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Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.

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Steven Soderbergh (uncredited)

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Miles Hardy ... Baseball player
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Fletcher Munson is a lethargic, passive worker for a Scientology-like self-help corporation called Eventualism. After the death of a colleague, he is promoted to the job of writing speeches for T. Azimuth Schwitters, the founder and head of the group. He uses this as an excuse to be emotionally and romantically distant from his wife, who, he discovers, is having an affair with his doppelganger, a dentist named Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. As Munson fumbles with the speech and Korchek becomes obsessed with a new patient, a psychotic exterminator named Elmo Oxygen goes around the town seducing lonely wives and taking photographs of his genitals. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

9 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,580
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Dolby (Mono)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There were two characters named Munson that came out the same year in 1996. Roy Munson from Kingpin and Fletcher Munson from Schizolopolis. Both characters struggle with being surrounded by idiots. See more »

Goofs

The word "circumcised" is misspelled on Elmo's truck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man: And action.
Filmmaker: Ladies and gentlemen, young and old, this may seem an unusual procedure speaking to you before the picture begins but we have an unusual subject.
Filmmaker: [instructs the cameraman] Turn.
[camera zooms closer]
Filmmaker: When I say that this is the most important motion picture you will ever attend, my motivation is not financial gain but a firm belief that the delicate fabric that holds all of us together will be ripped apart unless every man, woman and child in this country sees this film ...
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The closing credits for "Schizopolis," which do not include any cast or crew names, appear to occupy one single frame of film. See more »

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Schizopolis (1996): My generations' Citizen Kane
4 November 2000 | by michael-1974See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie it was on VHS. I am sure it had a bleak existence as a theatrical release because of its WAY-"offbeatedness." But what a refreshing, amazing, quirky, raw, intelligent, and inspiring film it was. Yes, I liked it. No. I loved it. While watching, I said to myself, "this is the Citizen Kane for my generation of up and coming filmmakers!" I understood the feeling of young, aspiring filmmakers and working professionals when they saw Citizen Kane, when it first came out, and said that it changed their lives. Schizopolis has done that for me. I recommended it to anyone who aspires to make movies because Schizopolis reminds filmmakers that there are no rules. It's no Steven Spielberg film... not even close. Every film shouldn't have to be. Soderbergh arranges Schizopolis so inventively and creatively, you just laugh and laugh and laugh! It's not for everyone, and most won't like it. But it's my all time top recommendation! It's a template for anti template movie making!


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