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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 5 August 2005 (USA)
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.

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Stuart Samuels

Writers:

Victor Kushmaniuk (additional writer), Stuart Samuels
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Himself
Ben Barenholtz ... Himself
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Himself (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas Alan Douglas ... Himself
J. Hoberman J. Hoberman ... Himself
Robert Shaye ... Himself (as Bob Shaye)
George A. Romero ... Himself (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself
Bill Quigley Bill Quigley ... Himself
Larry Jackson ... Himself
Seth Willenson Seth Willenson ... Himself
Chuck Zlatkin Chuck Zlatkin ... Himself
Perry Henzell Perry Henzell ... Himself
Richard O'Brien ... Himself
Jim Sharman Jim Sharman ... Himself (archive footage)
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Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream tells the hidden history of these landmark films, El Topo (1970), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Harder They Come (1973), Pink Flamingos (1972), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Eraserhead (1977). The documentary includes in-depth interviews with the directors, producers, writers and actors who were part of these low-budget, yet monumental productions, the exhibitors and distributors who played them, and the audiences who viewed them. Written by Steve Belgard

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Documentary

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kultfilmens mestre See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica See more »

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Budget:

CAD671,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,143
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

John Waters: [about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.
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References Abie's Irish Rose (1928) See more »

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Very Good
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining documentary that traces the start and end of the midnight movie. El Topo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Night of the Living Dead, Pink Flamingos and Eraserhead are discussed by critics, their filmmakers and those who made them famous. The documentary does a great job at showing the appeal of these films and why they've lived on for so many years after, for the most part, they couldn't even get into theaters early on. George Romeo, David Lynch, John Waters and even Roger Ebert are all interviewed as well as others.


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