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What Is It? (2005)

Unrated | | Drama | 27 January 2005 (USA)
What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

Director:

Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)

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Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevis Michael Blevis ... The young man (as Michael Bleviss)
Carlos Richardson Carlos Richardson ... The young man's alter ego
Lisa Fusco Lisa Fusco ... The young man's fantasy girl
Steven C. Stewart Steven C. Stewart ... Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Uber Ego (as Steven Stewart)
Crispin Glover ... Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Inner Psyche and Id
John Insinna John Insinna ... The Young Man's Outer Sanctum Friend / Inner Sanctum's Choked Victim
Kelly Swiderski Kelly Swiderski ... Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Snail Collector
Robin Adams Robin Adams ... Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Girl Who Recognizes Burning
Adam Parfrey Adam Parfrey ... The minstrel
Rikky Wittman Rikky Wittman ... The minstrel's nemesis (as Rickey Wittman)
Lynn Conley Lynn Conley ... The Minstrel's Concubine / Mocking Tormentor / Ultimate Outer Sanctum Victor
Cheryl Brown Cheryl Brown ... Outer Sanctum Mocking Tormentor / Walkie-Talkie Grabbing Woman That Cries Later
Tom Carroll Tom Carroll ... Grave Digger / Mocking Tormentor
Eric Yates Eric Yates ... Inner Sanctum Puppet Show Audience Member / Outer Sanctum Victim / Inner Sanctum Victim
Mary P. Hayes Mary P. Hayes ... The young man's mother
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What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home. As tormented by an hubristic, racist inner psyche.

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Color
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Trivia

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Quotes

The minstrel: Four hundred more injections and I shall be an invertebrate, free of this human form, free of this opposable thumb.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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A breathtaking masterpiece of incalculable magnitude
14 September 2010 | by lopaville-1See all my reviews

Crispin Glover has presented a monumental film that what will surely change cinema forever. Not only does it trace and honor the Afro-American roots that preceded Lumiere by almost a hundred years, but proudly restores that tradition and provides a very subtle critique of the modern movie business.

Profits are nowhere to be found in this low budget homage to Capra and Selznick. Hats off to to Glover for not pulling any punches whilst showing a decadent sequence involving a naked gentleman being ejaculated whilst laying inside a giant oyster. No expense - including excess pubic hair - has been spared.

On another note, I know what you must be thinking in the back of your mind: "wait, I think I have seen a graveyard sex scene before." Perhaps, but was it in the first five minutes? Did involve two fully clothed people with one too many chromosomes (each)? Crispin Glover proves that we have moved beyond the tired old traditions of repetitious childhood storytelling and myths and entered into a new realm wherein we are free to recreate and reimagine what it means to be a theater-going experience.

My long-time partner of two months, Brenda Velasquez, who recently left me, agrees with me. We might be like oil and water and sulfuric acid in the bedroom, but when the curtains go up, we are united before the grandeur of moviedom. Congratulations, Mr. Glover. We love your deliberately ratty film.


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