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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bunny Boy
Nick Sutton ... Tummler
Lara Tosh ... Girl in Car
... Solomon
Darby Dougherty ... Darby
... Dot (as Chloe Sevigny)
Carisa Glucksman ... Helen
Jason Guzak ... Skinhead #1
Casey Guzak ... Skinhead #2
Wendall Carr ... Huntz
James Lawhorn ... Cowboy #1
James Glass ... Cowboy #2
Ellen M. Smith ... Ellen
Charles Matthew Coatney ... Eddie
... Boy on Couch
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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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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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24 November 1997 (Australia)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,820, 19 October 1997, Limited Release

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$19,820, 19 October 1997
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Dot and Helen are also the names of the lead guitarist and drummer in The Shaggs. The cat, as well, gets its name from their song "My Pal Foot Foot". See more »

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

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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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Nothing But Da Bone in Me
Performed by Flesh 'N' Bone (as Flesh-n-Bone)
Written by Tony Cowan & Flesh 'N' Bone (as Stanley Howse)
Published by Donkhris Music (BMI), Motown Songs (BMI) & Constructive Points (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Misunderstood Genius
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Gummo is a film of substance, a rare thing in this time of Estee Lauder actresses and pec enhanced tree trunks stumbling around the kindergarten dialogue. Reality TV before it became anachronistic. A film that demands a second viewing to truly understand the director's vision is a rare thing; my initial impression was of a mockery of Red Necked America, but now after several viewings I understand it as a celebration of the sidelined aspect of American culture. Unafraid to pull its punches, unafraid to deal with the shocking, the jarring, the discomforting; it is a film that is mostly about killing cats and sniffing glue. Possibly a freak show, but one done in the style of the old freak shows - the freaks call the shots and they revel in their opportunities. A piece best enjoyed at 5 am on a Sunday morning after burning the midnight oil, when your nerves are raw and you need something with bite to cut through the fog. Nobody has created such vivid set pieces and each time you review the film there is a new mullet to admire, a chair to be beaten, a Down's Syndrome prostitute to mull over. Prepare to be shocked and provoked whilst being entertained; when the film finishes you are compelled to take stock of what you have seen and in my eyes that is what films are for. A hearty thumbs up.


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