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What Is It? ()


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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.

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Michael Blevis ...
The young man (as Michael Bleviss)
Carlos Richardson ...
The young man's alter ego
Lisa Fusco ...
The young man's fantasy girl
Steven C. Stewart ...
Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Uber Ego (as Steven Stewart)
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Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Inner Psyche and Id
John Insinna ...
The Young Man's Outer Sanctum Friend / Inner Sanctum's Choked Victim
Kelly Swiderski ...
Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Snail Collector
Robin Adams ...
Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Girl Who Recognizes Burning
Adam Parfrey ...
The minstrel
Rikky Wittman ...
The minstrel's nemesis (as Rickey Wittman)
Lynn Conley ...
The Minstrel's Concubine / Mocking Tormentor / Ultimate Outer Sanctum Victor
Cheryl Brown ...
Outer Sanctum Mocking Tormentor / Walkie-Talkie Grabbing Woman That Cries Later
Tom Carroll ...
Grave Digger / Mocking Tormentor
Eric Yates ...
Inner Sanctum Puppet Show Audience Member / Outer Sanctum Victim / Inner Sanctum Victim
Mary P. Hayes ...
The young man's mother
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Screaming Snail / Insect / Monkey Girl (voice)
Zoryna Dreams ...
Monkey Woman (as Zoreena Dreams)
Ivonna Earnest ...
Monkey Woman
Karin Odell ...
Monkey Woman
Muffy ...
Monkey Woman
Kiva ...
Monkey Woman

Directed by

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Crispin Glover ... (as Crispin Hellion Glover)

Written by

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Crispin Glover ... () (as Crispin Hellion Glover)

Produced by

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Matt Devlen ... producer
Cassian Elwes ... executive producer
Mike Foley ... executive producer
Crispin Glover ... executive producer / producer
John Grant ... executive producer
Phil Grossma ... executive producer
Ryan Page ... producer
Michael Pallagi ... producer (as Mike Pallagi)

Cinematography by

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Wyatt Troll ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Crispin Glover

Editorial Department

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Craig Eustis ... assistant editor
Aidan Stanford ... film color timer
Victor D. Virovac ... digital intermediate producer

Casting By

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Kim Davis-Wagner ... (as Kim Davis)

Art Direction by

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Floyd Albee

Set Decoration by

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Cindy Epping
Mike Hardy

Art Department

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David Brothers ... sets

Sound Department

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Molly Fitzjarrald ... assistant sound editor
Erika Gieschen ... boom operator
Jonah Goldstein ... sound editor
Tim Hays ... sound mixer
Erin Michael Rettig ... re-recording mixer
Steven Stuhr ... dialogue editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Dan Everson ... digital compositor
Nathaniel Lane ... visual effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Crispin Glover ... director of photography: additional photography
Scott Henriksen ... director of photography: additional photography
Scott Peterson ... director of photography: additional photography
Billy Bob Williams ... director of photography: additional photography

Music Department

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Crispin Glover ... music supervisor

Additional Crew

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Benjamin Barton ... production assistant
David Brothers ... special story advisor
Damon Fecht ... consultant: Reel Revival LLC
Bruce Glover ... grave digging
David Hinnebusch ... production assistant
Shawn Paper ... special technical advisor / story editing advisor
Adam Parfrey ... Special Story and Editing Advice
Christopher Vogler ... special story advisor
James Wilkins ... volunteer

Thanks

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Nicolas Cage ... thanks
Christopher Coppola ... thanks
Betty Glover ... thanks
Bruce Glover ... thanks
Werner Herzog ... thanks
Tim Hunter ... thanks
David Lynch ... thanks
Chris McDaniel ... thanks
Mark Mothersbaugh ... thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary
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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. See more »
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  • 72 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Originally intended to be short film, "What Is It?" expanded out to be a feature over the 9 years of its production. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Juliette Lewis und Crispin Glover (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way) See more »
Crazy Credits This film has not advocated the assassination of Steven Spielberg in any way. See more »
Quotes Dueling Demi-God Auteur and The young man's inner psyche: Good. He's dead. Now we can have a good time.
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