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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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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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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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Dolby (Mono)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Soderbergh started this project with no script. Lines were written before every scene and he also allowed some improvisation. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Spoofs The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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Fabulous.
27 July 2000 | by mrpink16See all my reviews

Steven Soderbergh's 'Schizopolis' is a masterpiece. It's a satire on the formulas and cycles of ordinary people's every day lives. It very brilliantly satirizes relationships, marriage, sex, stress, work, the media, and communication, and many more elements of life. Soderbergh's wife in the movie (played by his real-life ex) is an example of a middle-age woman trying to find a good solid relationship, as she flees from her husband to his 'alter-ego' and can't decide which one she is more attracted to. The way the two talk is in Soderbergh's own made-up language, indicating the relationship they have. Which is a very common one, where everyday they have the same pointless, shallow discussions about their semi-awareness of plans for the evening, and at one point their relationship in bed. The marriage is fuelled by lies (a nod to his earlier 'sex, lies, and videotape'). At one point in the film, everyone speaks out what their subconscious tells them, in a very disturbing level of honesty, indicating what they're really feeling and really thinking, and how they express it, whether truthfully or dishonestly. Among things, the film is hilarious, frustrating, shocking, spontaneous, and even touching. It's like nothing ever put up on the screen before, it's a fresh antidote to anything formulaic, and for once, something new.


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