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Wild West 1870 affluent pioneer Sam Alabaster ventures across American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the West, the simple journey grows ... See full summary »

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David Zellner
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Credited cast:
John Arkinson ... Heckler
Buddy Bruce Boyles Buddy Bruce Boyles ... Golden White Boy
Rebecca Brogden Rebecca Brogden ... Sofia
Bryan Christner Bryan Christner ... Nick
James Cochran James Cochran ... Old Man Calahan
Mardi DeLong Mardi DeLong
Lana Dieterich ... Elise
Rob Faubion Rob Faubion ... Russell
Calen Gabriel Calen Gabriel ... Stalker Mime
Pat Garvey Pat Garvey ... Horseshoe Emcee
John Lennon Harrison John Lennon Harrison ... Grand Master Ted
Alan Hines Alan Hines ... Buster Tuffstuff
Don House Don House ... Mime Enthusiast
Kevin Kinkade ... Mr. Mean
Kerri Lause Kerri Lause ... Ruth
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Wild West 1870 affluent pioneer Sam Alabaster ventures across American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the West, the simple journey grows treacherous, blurring lines between hero, villain and damsel. Written by Anonymous/Unknown

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Official Sites:

Fortified Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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It's just so very weird and pretty.
18 April 1999 | by Kino JerkSee all my reviews

The Zellner's create a consistently beautiful and strange world of absurdist comedy. An important film in its own right, its unconventional "hero", a mime, seeks to maraud all the cute little people of his world and show them just how ugly it can be. I have never seen another film like this.

By no means is it heavy-handed or consciously arty, either. Plot is taken very seriously, which lends itself well to the madcap characters and garish surroundings. The first 15 minutes of the film acquaint you to the freakish logic and humor of this world.

As the movie opens, James (the mime) is a wreck because no one appreciates his violent and nihilistic mime performances. Because he's so bitter and seeks release from the shallow world, Frank (his outlaw companion), offers to take him into a world of crime. From here on out, the comedy of failure settles in as James tries to accommodate himself to Franks world of trashy women, casual violence, and putt-putt golf.

Working on a stiff low-budget, the film shows a lot of creative promise and talent. Very unique. The Zellner's get props for charting new territory. Only something like this could come from their heads. Damn funny film, too.


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