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American Movie (1999)

American Movie
7.5 Rating
(78 ratings)
7.9 IMDB rating

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Mark Borchardt

Mark Borchardt

Filmmaker
Tom Schimmels

Tom Schimmels

Actor in 'Coven'
Monica Borchardt

Monica Borchardt

Mark's Mom
Alex Borchardt

Alex Borchardt

Mark's Brother
Chris Borchardt

Chris Borchardt

Mark's Brother
Ken Keen

Ken Keen

Friend / Associate Producer
Mike Schank

Mike Schank

Friend / Musician
Matt Weisman

Matt Weisman

Casting director


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Description: Some people find this documentary depressing because it is about a man trapped by dreams larger than his resources. A 30-year-old slacker in a dead prairie town in Wisconsin dreams of making a horror flick. He has no money, no skills, no equipment, and no clue. Using beer money earned from delivering newspapers, he bullies his drug-ad ... (more)
Release date: 13 April 2000
UPC: 043396047020
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