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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 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 ... 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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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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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 Barfly (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

California Sun
Written by Morris Levy and Henry Glover
Performed by The Jerks
© 1961 EMI Longitude Music Co. all rights
Admin & licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
(p)Overground Records
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We are the little, hollow men
4 April 2012 | by amosduncan_2000See all my reviews

It may actually be a plus that the director takes no moral viewpoint about the material, but it is disturbing that no one really sees the ugly moral, if not legal, ramifications of the exploitation of the two drunks. Yes, it is difficult not to laugh at any colorful alcoholic, as comedians have alway known, and the recent suppression of such humor may only add the laughs we are indulging in when we hear these two.

The pranksters, of course, went way past that and harassed them with prank calls, still, it could have been viewed as edgy, if caustic, humor. Those who went crazy for this stuff, however, are the type of people who kick a cripple, and watching the attempts to turn this fad into a big Hollywood payoff is car wreck time, you want to look away but you can't.

It's funny that the identity of the big name comic who wanted to do the movie is protected, the two losers are granted no such compassion or dignity. Indeed, the director displays no real interest in them other than as push pin dolls for comic derision. Who were they, really, and how did they get to such a desperate state of life? To ask these questions might have spoiled the fun of deriding them.


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