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Crap Shoot: The Documentary (2007)

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When a scientist and his narrator visit L.A. to research Hollywood filmmaking, their engrossing documentary about movies becomes an outlandish movie about documentaries.


Kenneth R. Close (as Ken Close)


Kenneth R. Close (as Ken Close)
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Credited cast:
Kenneth R. Close Kenneth R. Close ... Ken Close
James E. Horton James E. Horton ... The Narrator
Joey Medina ... Joey Medina
Amaris Dupree ... Amaris Dupree
Rhoda Jordan ... Rhoda Jordan
Jason Childress Jason Childress ... Ned Quincy
Michael Close Michael Close ... The Magician
Michael Condro Michael Condro ... Michael Condro
Brian J. Murphy Brian J. Murphy ... Martial Artist / Wererat / Runner
Michael Hauge Michael Hauge ... Michael Hauge
Tom Hofbauer ... Tom Hofbauer
Oliver Schultheiss Oliver Schultheiss ... The Professor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brown John Brown ... Movie Patron
Randall Burtch Randall Burtch ... Randy Burtch
Carol A. Close Carol A. Close ... Carol Close


One of America's top research scientists and his bumbling narrator cruise the endless urban maze of Los Angeles to determine if, as screenwriter William Goldman once stated, "Nobody knows anything about what makes a movie work." They discover that the movie business is not just a crap shoot - the enigmatic science of bio-psychology secretly guides all blockbuster hits. But as their study of Hollywood's creative development process slowly degenerates into a raunchy road trip, their entertaining documentary about movies becomes a hilarious movie about documentaries. Written by Ken Close

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Release Date:

5 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)


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Did You Know?


The documentary's protagonist, Ken Close, tested for admittance into Mensa two months prior to the start of principal photography. He felt his Mensa membership was needed to add credence to the project. Had he failed to score high enough (top 2%) on the I.Q. test to qualify for Mensa membership, the documentary would have been cancelled. See more »


Ken Close: Thanks to President Bush billionaires use stock to pay a flat fifteen percent income tax while we're paying closer to thirty, thirty-five percent when you add in Social Security and Medicare.
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I Get It
1 June 2008 | by munchywunchySee all my reviews

Okay, so a guy from Ohio can't get his scripts made into movies but he sees all kinds of crappy scripts get made into movies. So he and his buddy go to LA to figure out how the movie business works. But as he is interviewing movie people the strangeness of LA turns his documentary into a movie, about documentaries.

I would love to get the script I wrote made into a movie because I know it will be a great one. And I was hoping this documentary would tell us the secret of writing great scripts. At first I was disappointed that it didn't but then I watched it again and saw that it did. The movie people he interviewed all say you have to have a story that makes the audience react emotionally. And then the documentary shows what the movie people are talking about with funny scenes that make you laugh.

I think this is the only satire ever made about documentaries. The guy even acts like Michael Moore. I recommend this DVD to anybody who loves movies or wants to work in the movie business.

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