Gummo

October 17, 1997 0 By Fans
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Plot

Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.1/10 (12,480 voted)

Director:
Harmony Korine

Stars: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh

Storyline
Xenia, Ohio, is a small poor and boring city that never fully recovered after a tornado in the 1970s. Teenager Solomon and his slightly older friend Tummler, have nothing to do but kill time, buying glue to sniff and get high.

Cast:

Jacob Sewell

Bunny Boy


Nick Sutton

Tummler


Lara Tosh

Girl in Car


Jacob Reynolds

Solomon


Darby Dougherty

Darby


Chloë Sevigny

Dot

(as Chloe Sevigny)


Carisa Glucksman

Helen


Jason Guzak

Skinhead #1


Casey Guzak

Skinhead #2


Wendall Carr

Huntz


James Lawhorn

Cowboy #1


James Glass

Cowboy #2


Ellen M. Smith

Ellen


Charles Matthew Coatney

Eddie


Harmony Korine

Boy on Couch

Taglines:
From the creator of KIDS



Details

Official Website:
New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 17 October 1997

Filming Locations: Nashville, Tennessee, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $1,300,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,820
(USA)
(19 October 1997)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $19,820
(USA)
(19 October 1997)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

In the screenplay, Bunny Boy talks, but only during the scene in the swimming pool. He also explains why he has the word MAC tattooed on his fingers: "My parents like to call me that. Mac spelled backward is Cam. Cam is their favorite car… Camaro." He also claims he was born with one fully grown tooth, and his parents "wanted to name me Plak."

Goofs:

Continuity:
The kid sitting next to Jared Wiggley's arm and head change positions between shots.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Solomon:
[voiceover]
Xenia, Ohio. Xenia, Ohio. A few years ago, a tornado hit this place. It killed the people, left and right. Dogs died. Cats died. Houses were split open, and you could see necklaces hanging from branches of trees. People's legs and neck bones were sticking out…



User Review

A Surprisingly Unique Movie

Rating:

I will admit that the reason I rented this movie was because of the numerous
reviews that I read about how unbelievably bad and pointless this film was.
It only took me a few minutes to realize why so many critics hated it, which
was the very reason I liked this film.

Gummo is a classic case of style over substance. If you're looking for plot
development, you'd better go rent Good Will Hunting or something like that.
But if you want to see a movie that is cutting-edge and well ahead of its
time, then rent this one. I praise the director for simply doing something
different.

What impressed me the most about this film was the framing of one memorable
image after another. I think Director Korine was trying to leave people
with impressions and feelings. Whether you like this film or not, its
impossible to forget. Plus, this film has what I think is one of the
greatest lines in recent movie history. A little girl, holding a picture of
Burt Reynolds with the mouth ripped out, chants incessantly, "I want a
moustache, dammit!"

This movie is worth the three bucks to rent it if nothing more than to see
the scene where a fat redneck takes out his aggression on a kitchen chair
while his friends cheer him on. It's more frightening than anything in the
Scream series.