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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 February 1998 (USA)
An anthropologist creates a fictitious lost New Guinea tribe using his family members to cover-up for his mis-use of grant moneys.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Krippendorf
... Veronica
... Shelly
... Mickey
Carl Michael Lindner ... Edmund
... Ruth Allen
... Gerald Adams, Dean
... President Porter
... Simon Alonso
... Lori (as Siobhan Fallon)
Amzie Strickland ... Gladys Schmades
... Dr. Harvey
... Edith Proxmire
... Mrs. O'Brian
... Jennifer
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A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery. Written by Daniel Aubrey White <b_white@bc.sympatico.ca>

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A father discovers that the most important 'long lost tribe' in his life may be very close to home. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »

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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tribo dos Krippendorf  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,316,377, 1 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,514,883, 26 April 1998
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Trivia

The name "Krippendorf" comes from Klaus Krippendorf, a renowned communications scholar best known for his work on the role of communication in social construction and design. The movie is based on a novel by Frank Parkin, who was himself a highly-regarded sociologist. See more »

Quotes

James Krippendorf: [in costume] The Shelmikedmu utabaji embraces his death with courage and dignity.
[belches]
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »


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Taboo
Written by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman) and Margarita Lecuona
Performed by Les Baxter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Unbelievable, but funny
6 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

If this movie can be accepted as is (a comedy), it is funny. If totally unbelievable plot and situations are ignored it can still be a laugher. A few of the better instances were Lilly Tomlin (?) in the jungle, the television interview, and the banquet scene.


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