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Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011)

Unrated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 25 August 2011 (USA)
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When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations.

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Matthew Bate

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Matthew Bate
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Lee Sausage ... Himself (as Eddie) (as 'Eddie Lee Sausage')
Mitch Deprey Mitch Deprey ... Mitchell D (as Mitch) (as 'Mitchell D')
Daniel Clowes ... Himself - Comic Artist
Ivan Brunetti Ivan Brunetti ... Himself - Comic Artist
Mike Mitchell ... Himself - Film Director
Robert Mothersbaugh Robert Mothersbaugh ... Himself - DEVO (as Bob Mothersbaugh)
Ursula Mothersbaugh Ursula Mothersbaugh ... Herself
Henry S. Rosenthal ... Himself - Film Producer (as Henry Rosenthal) (as Henry S. Rosenthal)
Tony Newton Tony Newton ... Himself
Mark Gunderson Mark Gunderson ... Himself - Radio Host - The Sound of Plaid (as Trademark G) (as Mark Gunderson aka Trademark G)
Christy Brand Christy Brand ... Herself (as Frillypants) (as Christy Brand aka Frillypants)
Gregg Gibbs Gregg Gibbs ... Himself - Artist / Playwright
David Stein David Stein ... Himself
Dan Augustine Dan Augustine ... Himself - Fan
Doug Levy Doug Levy ... Himself - Obsessive Fan (as Doug Levy) (as Douglas Levy)
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In 1987 San Francisco, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey began recording the squabbles of their stranger than fiction neighbors, the bigoted Raymond Huffman and the out and proud Peter Haskett. The recital of the pair's outrageous reality quickly took on a life of its own. This darkly funny documentary chronicles the history of Raymond and Peter, as well as what happened to former slackers Eddie and Mitch, who paint a picture of not only their outrageous neighbors, but also of San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood in the late 1980s. Interviews with others who were influenced by the recordings document their broad influence on a variety of artists, near and far. Written by TrivWhiz

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If You Wanna Talk To Me, Then Shut Your F####n' Mouth!! See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shut Up Little Man! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,117, 30 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,654, 2 October 2011
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Color (90% of the film)| Black and White (archive footage)
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Trivia

First feature to be made and released from the South Australian Film Corporation's FilmLab initiative. See more »

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Archival Material Peter Haskett Interview featuring Peter Haskett and George Cothran courtesy of Henry S. Rosenthal ©1995 Complex Corporation See more »

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References Waiting for Godot (2001) See more »

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Too Drunk To Dream
Written by S. Merritt
Performed by The Magnetic Fields
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
© Gay and Loud Music / Notting Hill Music Ltd.
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
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Not Eliot.
14 October 2011 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Imagine, if you will, a couple of cartoonist Harvey Pikars living in the next apartment in 1987 San Fran; only these two aren't savage cartoonists and don't have Harvey's wit or wide-ranging interest in humanity. They're just a couple of aging men, roommates, one gay one straight.

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure is the strangest documentary you'll see this year or almost any because nothing really happens except that filmmakers Mitchell D and Eddie Lee Sausage tape their two old neighbors, who, when drunk, verbally abuse each with the same repetitive expletives, the most memorable being Ray's, which is the first part of the film's title.

Two elements of the experience are worth noting: a viral fame came by way of a world-wide network of lending tape organizations (remember, no You-Tube or Internet), and talk of litigation about privacy rights appears and then vanishes.

These two topics could have been the heft needed to counterbalance the repetition of Ray and Pete's rants, which are strangely uninteresting except for our voyeuristic interest in loser humanity and the sheer banality of their lives, perhaps reminding viewers of their basest moments of stupidity and anger against a loved-one.

The doc is peopled by geeks who spend a large part of their lives pursuing these tapes as if they were the private conversations of Charlie Sheen. Wait! That's the answer: We love the salacious, degraded moments of someone else's life because we feel superior or we need to know that others have the same weird moments we do. I must admit to a fascination with the rhythmic patterns of their language, poetry from the tenement but not T.S. Eliot.

Its lowness mystifies me, an art house fan, and yet attracts me, as a winsome prostitute might. I know she's not part of my life, but for some reason I'm compelled to invite her in.


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