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Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 4 June 2008 (USA)
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A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.







Credited cast:
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Trina Yale in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Haskell Barkin ... Himself
... Hymie Kelly in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
... Frank Fane in 'The Oscar' (archive footage)
Michael Cassutt ... Himself
... Himself
Stu Levin ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
Nicholas Podbrey ... Himself
Dan Simmons ... Himself
Tom Snyder ... Himself (archive footage)


A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.

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Director Nelson was only 24 when he first videotaped Ellison at a typewriter for a March 1981 PBS documentary about science fiction and fantasy writers - footage that is included in this film See more »


Harlan Ellison: [pointing to metal shelving] These are my extra typewriters.
Robin Williams: [laughing loudly] This is like an ammunition dump!
Harlan Ellison: Well, yeah, I use typewriters. They're all Olympias, and I have all my typewriter ribbons in the refrigerator.
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Featured in An Evening with Sharp Teeth (2009) See more »

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Solid Documentary
22 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH is a low-budget documentary about Ellison made by Erik Nelson that dates back to 1981, when Nelson interviewed Ellison for TV. Various friends and associates provide on-camera commentaries about Harlan Ellison's fiction, career, romances, personality, and how he affected their lives and world views. However, the majority of screen time is taken up by Ellison himself: reading passages from stories, telling jokes, relating childhood memories, showing us around his amazing house (nicknamed The Lost Aztec Temple of Mars), talking candidly about social issues and writing projects, or just bumming around Los Angeles. Even though there's about 60 clips of Ellison on YouTube, fans should grab DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH because it's a priceless distillation of the phenomenon that is Harlan Ellison, warts and all.

The only problem is that at 96 minutes, the documentary is too brief. Maybe that's a compliment? For example, the archive clips could have run a few minutes longer without tormenting people's bladders and taxing the film's editor. The US DVD includes snippets of story readings, footage of the premier in LA, and an extended chat with Neil Gaiman over pizza.

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