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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 ... Self (Wild Animal Trainer)
George Mendonça ... Self (Topiary Gardener)
Raymond A. Mendez ... Self (Mole-Rat Specialist) (as Ray Mendez)
Rodney Brooks ... Self - Robot Scientist
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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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Quotes

[Why build robots]
Rodney Brooks, Robot Scientist: I think there's some deeper-seated thing which crosses the sex boundary of understanding life by building something that is lifelike.
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Disappointment from Morris......
29 May 2004 | by mrcaw1See all my reviews

Somehow the Morris mix just doesn't jell this time. I'm normally a huge fan of Mr. Morris's films, especially the truly great Gates of Heaven. But Fast, Cheap & Out of Control is ironically aptly titled. Instead of providing some quirky insight into the human condition, the film only manages to annoy. And our four subjects? Well, they grate on the nerves to be honest. It's hard to say what's missing, maybe a sense of humor, maybe some more directorial involvement. In any event, I wouldn't go out of my way to catch this flick.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schnell, billig und außer Kontrolle See more »

Filming Locations:

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,665, 5 October 1997

Gross USA:

$878,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$878,960
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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