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Gummo (1997)

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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

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Harmony Korine

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Harmony Korine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Sewell ... Bunny Boy
Nick Sutton Nick Sutton ... Tummler
Lara Tosh Lara Tosh ... Girl in Car
Jacob Reynolds ... Solomon
Darby Dougherty Darby Dougherty ... Darby
Chloë Sevigny ... Dot (as Chloe Sevigny)
Carisa Glucksman Carisa Glucksman ... Helen
Jason Guzak Jason Guzak ... Skinhead #1
Casey Guzak Casey Guzak ... Skinhead #2
Wendall Carr Wendall Carr ... Huntz
James Lawhorn James Lawhorn ... Cowboy #1
James Glass James Glass ... Cowboy #2
Ellen M. Smith Ellen M. Smith ... Ellen
Charles Matthew Coatney Charles Matthew Coatney ... Eddie
Harmony Korine ... Boy on Couch
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Storyline

Constructing this film through random scenes, director Harmony Korine abruptly jettisoned any sort of narrative plot, so here we go: Solomon and Tummler are two bored teenage boys who live in Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado swept through it, destroying more than half the town and killing the same amount, including Solomon's father. The film, from there, chronicles the anti-social adventures these two boys have. These include sniffing glue, killing cats, having sex, riding dirtbikes, listening to black metal, and meeting a cavalcade of quirky, bizarre, and scary people. These include a man who pimps his mentally ill wife to our anti-heroes, three sisters who play with their cat and practice becoming strippers, a black midget fending off the sexual advances of a troubled man (played by the director Harmony Korine), a 12-year-old gay transvestite who is also a cat killer, Solomon's mother who seems to be the only glimpse of sanity, two foul-mouthed six-year olds, and most ... Written by Anonymous

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Prepare to visit a town you'd never want to call home. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles,including violence, substance abuse,sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1997 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gummo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$116,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,799
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is populated with friends from Harmony Korine's own Nashville upbringing. Bryant L. Crenshaw, the midget, went to high school with him. The skinhead brothers are old friends, as well. See more »

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The kid sitting next to Jared Wiggley's arm and head change positions between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Solomon: [voiceover] Xenia, Ohio. Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado hit this place. It killed the people, left and right. Dogs died. Cats died. Houses were split open, and you could see necklaces hanging from branches of trees. People's legs and neck bones were sticking out. Oliver found a leg on his roof. A lot of people's fathers died, and were killed by the great tornado. I saw a girl fly through the sky, and I looked up her skirt. Her skull was smashed. And some kids died. My ...
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My Little Rooster
Performed by Almeda Riddle
Written by M. Okrun
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Alpha Film Music (BMI)
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Glimpse of inbred Americana
18 August 2011 | by lukeanilssonSee all my reviews

Gummo is a nonlinear narrative centered around the residents of Xenia, Ohio. After a tornado devastated their town the surviving residents pass the time by any sadistic means possible. A long day of feral cat hunting ends with a brief discussion of crème brûlée before a session of glue huffing, followed by a visit to a local prostitute suffering from Down Syndrome. It's as if Deliverance and Apocalypse Now had a child, abused it, and left it to its own devices. Horrifying is a word that comes to mind when attempting to evaluate this film. Drunken chair-wrestling, random acts of molestation, and casual conversations ranging in topics from cat burnings to their general dislike of African Americans are pretty typical. The only thing more trash filled, filthy, and septic then their homes, is their gene pool. Life in rural Ohio has never seemed so nihilistic. Though disturbing, I found this to be a quietly beautiful film. Both hyper-real and utterly surreal, it's stylized aesthetic is perfectly suited for the subject and premise. Rich symbolism and unforgettable images demand ones attention in an unrelenting assault on the Status Que. Unsettling and humbling, we are given a glimpse of inbred Americana straddling the border of malignant sadism and total insanity. The story telling style of Harmony Korine reminds me of the work of Terrence Malick, with the addition of a little incest.


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