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Dumbstruck (2010)

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At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a ... See full summary »

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Mark Goffman
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Credited cast:
Bob Ashman Bob Ashman ... Himself
Maria Ashman Maria Ashman ... Herself
Robert J. Ashman Robert J. Ashman ... Himself
Willie Brown Willie Brown ... Himself
Barry Burdette Barry Burdette ... Himself
Dylan Burdette Dylan Burdette ... Himself
Jennifer Burdette Jennifer Burdette ... Herself
Aileen Carroll Aileen Carroll ... Herself
Roger Carroll Roger Carroll ... Himself
Ed Casey Ed Casey ... Himself
Meghan Casey Meghan Casey ... Herself (as Megan Casey)
Michelle Casey Michelle Casey ... Herself
Mark Anthony Ciarlante Mark Anthony Ciarlante ... Himself
Gary Cohen Gary Cohen ... Himself
Marlene Cohen Marlene Cohen ... Herself
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At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. But in this delightful, it's-all-true documentary, the characters are real, and so are the emotional attachments that they have with their "dummies." Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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ventriloquism | heart | See All (2) »

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Say hello to my little friends.

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Documentary

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Rated PG for brief suggestive humor
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USA

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English

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January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$981, 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,017, 5 June 2011
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Special Friend
written by Kathleen York and J.J. Blair
performed by Kathleen York
courtesy of Bird In The Hand Records
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I love documentaries but this one often seemed very painful and difficult to watch
28 August 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary is about five ventriloquists of widely varying backgrounds and ages. One of them, Terry Fator, is extremely rich, famous and a major star. The rest of them are trying to become stars and make careers out of ventriloquism and they find the path very difficult and personally destructive in at least one case.

While "Dumbstruck" was enjoyable to watch and well made, I must warn you up front that several of the stories are very painful to watch and made me feel a bit embarrassed for the folks portrayed in the film. I'll be blunt and also say that several of them loved ventriloquism but they should consider other careers because they just weren't funny...in fact, some of them were god-awful. I know this sounds cruel, but many of the people in the film were NOT the quality of Jeff Dunham or Edgar Bergen. In fact, a couple of them would have been booted off "The Gong Show".


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