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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.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh (uncredited)

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Miles Hardy Miles Hardy ... Baseball player
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Storyline

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, 9 April 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character being laid to rest at the funeral is named Lester Richards. This is a nod from Steven Soderbergh to Richard Lester, one of the main influences on the film. 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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No fish were harmed during the making of this film. See more »

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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Entertaining and thought provoking comedy.
7 January 2007 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I was entertained and mildly confused by what I had just witnessed, it primarily represents a satiric look at modern life Pre Office Space, but saying just that does not do the picture justice. The combination of surrealism, satire and general creativity make this film worth while and most importantly worthy of multiple viewings. At times it feels as though it is being weird for the sake of weird but remains to peak curiosity. Some very funny situations and lines. Not for everyone, but for those looking for something different and willing to keep an open mind this is an excellent, original film. If you want loud bangs and shiny things, watch Soderberghs other films like Ocean 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 etc.


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