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Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 April 2005 (USA)
Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

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Rolf de Heer

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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hope ... Bubby
Claire Benito Claire Benito ... Mam
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Pop
Syd Brisbane ... Yobbo
Nikki Price Nikki Price ... Screaming Woman
Ullie Birve Ullie Birve ... Robbed Woman (as Ulli Birve)
Audine Leith Audine Leith ... Fondled Salvo
Natalie Carr ... Cherie the Salvo
Lucia Mastrantone Lucia Mastrantone ... Pizza Waitress
Carmel Johnson Carmel Johnson ... Angel
Jip De Heer Jip De Heer ... Treelopper
James Ammitzboll James Ammitzboll ... Little
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Salesman
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Woman in Mercedes
Dave Flannagan Dave Flannagan ... Cop / Warder (as Dave Flanagan)
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Bad Boy Bubby is just that: a bad boy. So bad, in fact, that his mother has kept him locked in their house for his entire thirty years, convincing him that the air outside is poisonous. After a visit from his estranged father, circumstances force Bubby into the waiting world, a place which is just as unusual to him as he is to the world. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Australia | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bubby, el chico malo See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth theatrical feature film directed by director Rolf de Heer. See more »

Quotes

The Scientist: [plays organ music in church]
Bubby: Jesus can see everything I do... and he's going to beat me brainless!
The Scientist: Come down.
[Scene change; they are in a factory]
The Scientist: You see, no one's going to help you Bubby, because there isn't anybody out there to do it. No one. We're all just complicated arrangements of atoms and subatomic particles - we don't live. But our atoms do move about in such a way as to give us identity and consciousness. We don't die; our atoms just rearrange themselves. There is no God. There can ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over a scene showing Bubby playing in a garden with his children. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 18-rated UK release of this film was cut by 3s for the cinema version and a further 20s for video. The 3s cut for the cinema version was to remove a scene of a tethered cat being pulled by a string (a scene which contravened the UK Animals Act). All the cuts were waived for the 2007 DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Bad Boy Bubby Blues
Devised by Peter Monaghan
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Original, powerful, hilarious study of an outsider
17 February 2006 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

The first thirty minutes of "Bad Boy Bubby" are great horror. Bubby (Nicholas Hope), a strange, retarded man-child, has been imprisoned by his mom (Claire Benito) for thirty years. He hasn't left the house, can't leave the house, because mom's been busy having sex with him and perverting his sponge-like mind. Early on, the film alienates viewers by throwing in a scene involving the killing of a cat. We then follow Bubby as he ventures into the outside world and has a series of amazing, hilarious adventures in which his outsider status is often misinterpreted. He fronts a rock band, gets intimate with a real disabled woman (Heater Slattery), and discovers life beyond the walls of his prison. The film is extremely original and daring, and Hope's performance as Bubby is totally believable. It was shot over a long period by a number of cinematographers, although only Ian Jones gets IMDb credit. It has a unique, anarchic tone, and it is amazing watching how "normal" people interact with the unpretentious, unhinged protagonist. Ultimately, Rolf de Heer succeeds in creating a dark, surreal, powerful study of an outsider in a film that someone ought to double bill with Hal Ashby's "Being There". It's a triumph.


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