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Mumford (1999)

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In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Writer:

Lawrence Kasdan
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loren Dean ... Mumford
Hope Davis ... Sofie Crisp
Jason Lee ... Skip Skipperton
Alfre Woodard ... Lily
Mary McDonnell ... Althea Brockett
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Henry Follett
Zooey Deschanel ... Nessa Watkins
Martin Short ... Lionel Dillard
David Paymer ... Dr. Ernest Delbanco
Jane Adams ... Dr. Phyllis Sheeler
Dana Ivey ... Mrs. Crisp
Kevin Tighe ... Mr. Crisp
Ted Danson ... Jeremy Brockett
Jason Ritter ... Martin Brockett
Elisabeth Moss ... Katie Brockett
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Storyline

The story of two Mumfords - one a small town, the other a man. Mumford, the town, is full of people with problems, from a teenage girl who is unhappy with her looks to a local billionaire, "the king of modems", who would trade everything away if he could. So when Micky Mumford, the man, turns out to be a psychologist with slightly unusual methods he soon finds a spot in people's heart as someone to whom they can tell their secrets. But Micky too has a secret, and that one's about to hunt him down. Written by CyberRax

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You don't have to be crazy to fall in love...but it helps. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related images, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dilidoki See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,851,291, 26 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,554,569, 28 November 1999
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The skateboard that Skip uses in the movie is made by Stereo Skateboards, the company that actor Jason Lee co-founded in 1992 and still co-owns. The yellow circular graphic logo of Stereo Skateboards is visible on the deck of the board at two points in the film, outside of Lily's café when the coach of diners arrives, and at Skip's HQ when he meets with Dr Mumford. The word "Stereo" can also be briefly seen on the board when Skip sets it down on the table before showing the Doc his laboratory. See more »

Goofs

Flesh colored "pants" are visible in the nude classroom scene. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mumford: In a free society you are what you say you are. If you screwed up on life, sometimes you can get another shot.
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Connections

Features Unsolved Mysteries (1987) See more »

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Till It Shines
Written and Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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Undeservedly Overlooked Masterpiece
14 February 2007 | by krdementSee all my reviews

Of all of the comments to date, Jotix describes this film best. It is very reminiscent of some of the work of the great directors of Hollywood's Golden Era: Frank Capra, Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges. I cannot imagine categorizing this film. It is not a pure comedy, although it provides moments of cleverness and humor. But there is also a significant element of dramatic tension. It is certainly no intellectual tour de force, however, it is much more than a way to while away 100 minutes (or whatever the length of the film is). It is not a morality play, although you might find something meaningful to take away with you. It is a finely crafted, subtly nuanced, multi-faceted film, mirroring its title character.

You might conclude from other opinions that Mumford (the character) is passive out of timidity or lack of purpose or even in order to preserve his anonymity. However, I believe he is passionate about his "profession" and has a very clear philosophy and purpose. I think his therapeutic prescriptions for his "patients" represent sympathetic, compassionate and very intentional interventions in their lives. However, his persona is low-key and his methods of intervention are indirect. Thus their dramatic impact seems to be just the natural consequence of the patients' living their own lives - just as the good doctor intends.

This kind of subtlety is in short demand and hence supply in the contemporary world of in-your-face computer generated special effects, one dimensional characters and unimaginative dialog. But, if you enjoy films like Grand Canyon, The Accidental Tourist, Local Hero and Passion Fish, you'll like this film. It is driven by a great balance of plot and well developed characters, played by a wonderful ensemble cast.


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