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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 February 1998 (USA)
An anthropologist creates a fictitious lost New Guinea tribe using his family members to cover-up for his mis-use of grant moneys.

Director:

Todd Holland

Writers:

Frank Parkin (book), Charlie Peters (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Krippendorf
Jenna Elfman ... Veronica
Natasha Lyonne ... Shelly
Gregory Smith ... Mickey
Carl Michael Lindner Carl Michael Lindner ... Edmund
Lily Tomlin ... Ruth Allen
Stephen Root ... Gerald Adams, Dean
Doris Belack ... President Porter
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Simon Alonso
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Lori (as Siobhan Fallon)
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Gladys Schmades
Phil Leeds ... Dr. Harvey
Frances Bay ... Edith Proxmire
Susan Ruttan ... Mrs. O'Brian
Barbara Williams ... Jennifer
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Storyline

A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery. Written by Daniel Aubrey White <b_white@bc.sympatico.ca>

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The last undiscovered tribe is about to expose themselves. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tribo dos Krippendorf See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,316,377, 1 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,514,883, 26 April 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of 'Zakes Mokaes'. See more »

Quotes

James Krippendorf: [filming the phoney "circumcision"] Edmund, you're looking up to the gods with trepidation... "Trepidation."... "Trepidation."... You're afraid you're brother is actually going to cut your wee-wee off.
[Edmund gasps]
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Production Dogs .... Rosebud and Mickey See more »


Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Original Music and Lyrics by Solomon Linda (uncredited)
Written by Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Luigi Creatore
Performed by The Nylons
Courtesy of Attic Productions Ltd.
By Arrangement with The Windham Hill Group
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Classic slapstick at its nouveau best
24 October 1998 | by GilMunkSee all my reviews

Dreyfuss has always been a master of high humor and KT is another enjoyable vehicle for it. Elfman is funny and vivacious, as well as lovely to look at. Both stars work well together. I laughed throughout; appreciating the movie for what it was meant to be: good comedy. I recommend this film for anyone wanting a lot of good laughs.


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