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An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director:

Terry Zwigoff

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Crumb ... Himself
Aline Kominsky-Crumb Aline Kominsky-Crumb ... Herself (as Aline Crumb)
Charles Crumb Charles Crumb ... Himself
Maxon Crumb Maxon Crumb ... Himself
Robert Hughes Robert Hughes ... Himself
Martin Muller Martin Muller ... Himself
Don Donahue Don Donahue ... Himself
Dana Morgan Dana Morgan ... Herself (as Dana Crumb)
Trina Robbins Trina Robbins ... Herself
Spain Rodriguez Spain Rodriguez ... Himself
Bill Griffith Bill Griffith ... Himself
Deirdre English Deirdre English ... Herself
Peggy Orenstein Peggy Orenstein ... Herself
Beatrice Crumb Beatrice Crumb ... Herself
Kathy Goodell Kathy Goodell ... Herself
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Storyline

This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind. As stream-of-consciousness images incessantly flow forth from the tip of his pen, biting social satire is revealed, often along with a disturbing and haunting vision of Crumb's own betes noires and inadequacies. As his acid-trip induced images flicker across our own retinas, we gain a little insight into this complex and highly creative individual. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Weird sex · Obsession · Comic books


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic sex-related cartoons, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Κραμπ See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,859, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$3,041,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,041,083
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Superior Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

"San Francisco" is misspelled in the closing titles. The caption reads: "Max Crumb still lives in San Francicsco". See more »

Quotes

Robert Crumb: When I - what was it - about five or six? - I was sexually attracted to Bugs Bunny. And I - I cut out this Bugs Bunny off the cover of a comic book and carried it around with me. Carried it around in my pocket and took it out and looked at it periodically, and - and it got all wrinkled up from handling it so much that I asked my mother to iron it on the ironing board to flatten it out, and - and she did, and I was deeply disappointed 'cause it got all brown when she ironed it, and brittle, and ...
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Connections

Featured in 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: Episode 4 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake It and Break It
Composed by Friscoe-Clark
Performed by King Oliver & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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An astonishing look at relativity
27 January 1999 | by mprinsSee all my reviews

What makes Crumb such an intriguing documentary isn't the fact that man looked at through the camera is admirable or interesting or laudable, although one could make the argument that R. Crumb is all of those things. No, what makes Crumb such a great film is the way it shows the twisted nature of Crumb against the backdrop of his nearly psychotic family. Compared to the world, R. Crumb is a sexual deviant, a lunatic genius, and a perfect candidate to be taken away in a plain white van. Compared to his family, R. Crumb is completely and utterly normal. It's this juxtaposition that makes Crumb work over all two hours the movie needs to take its course.


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