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Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

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An exploration of the careers of four unrelated professionals: a lion tamer, a robotics expert, a topiary gardener, and a naked mole rat specialist.

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Errol Morris
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dave Hoover ... Himself (Wild Animal Trainer)
George Mendonça ... Himself (Topiary Gardener)
Raymond A. Mendez Raymond A. Mendez ... Himself (Mole-Rat Specialist) (as Ray Mendez)
Rodney Brooks ... Himself - Robot Scientist
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Storyline

What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary directed by Erroll Morris. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Referring to the robot specialist's strange philosophy of robot design structure, not Erroll Morris's documentary techniques!) interplays, overlaps, and interrelates these four separate and highly specialized documentary subjects in order to in truth study all of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind. Written by Matthew F. Griffin

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Documentary

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ektos elenhou See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,665, 5 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$832,785, 11 January 1998
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Discussed in Episode 97 of the popular radio program This American Life. The subject was "Death to Wacky" and it originally aired on March 20, 1998. See more »

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[On pointing the four legs of a chair in a lion's face]
Dave Hoover: His mind now has been completely distracted from his original thought: "Eat the man in the white pants."
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A work of genius. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man
26 June 2000 | by mattg-9See all my reviews

This movie is a work of genius. It asks as well of answers to some degree most major questions of life as we know it (and don't know it) all through interviews and visual juxtapositions. The real-life people are astoundingly interesting and passionate and when Errol distorts our minds using subjective imagery such as old 40's films and intercutting between interviews to enhance its meaning, he conjures welcome associations of human nature. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man.


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