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Frank and Cindy (2007)

Frank & Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

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G.J. Echternkamp
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Cast

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Cynthia Brown Cynthia Brown ... Herself
Frank Garcia Frank Garcia ... Himself
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Storyline

When Cindy married a rock star, Frank, in 1983 she imagined a life of glamour and GRAMMYS. But the song that propelled Frank to fame, Whirly Girl, would be the only chart-topper from his group, OXO. Years later, out of shape and nearly bankrupt after spending all his money on "gas, food, dry cleaning... and drugs", Frank is not the vision Cindy married. Desperate to resuscitate her dream, Cindy furnishes a new studio for Frank in hopes he'll record another hit. Instead, he'd rather drink. And now, twenty-three years after appearing on American Bandstand, Frank lives sequestered to the basement where he uses coffee cans for a toilet. In 2005, Cindy's filmmaker son G.J. begins documenting the situation. After a year of filming, what began as an attempt to mock his stepfather instead becomes a candid portrait on the pursuit of happiness. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Bionicfilms See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Documentary was featured in Episode 4, Season 1 of the Showtime TV series "This American Life," as it was being made. See more »

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Features American Bandstand (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Whirly Girl
written by Ish Ledesma (as Ismael Angel Ledesma)
performed by OXO
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Original & Therapeutic
16 April 2007 | by ReenaRexrodeSee all my reviews

An unique documentary about what family is all about, shown through the ups and downs(mostly downs)of Frank & Cindy. The filmmaker is brave enough to expose his mother and stepfather in a way that would make most of us shake with fear and embarrassment. It reveals those private moments of regret, disgust, anger and love that you would only see living in the same house with this family- or really any family. The film pulls you into this family and you sympathize with their day to day dysfunction. I feel compassion towards Cindy in the same way I do towards my own mother. If you can't identify with this film at least on some small level, you must have a perfectly normal family life or you're in serious denial.


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