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American Movie (1999)

American Movie
7.5 Rating
(79 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
Documentary (10), Money (4), Uncle Bill (4), Friends (4), Video (4), Filmmaker (4), 1990s (2), 1999 (1), Wisconsin (1), Movies (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Filmmaking (1), Sort (1), SnP (1), Thanksgiving (1), Comedy (1), Drugs (1), American Dream (1), True Films 200 (1), Eccentric (1)
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" Being from Wisconsin, I know too many people like these guys hahaha Update: 11/07/14 this has become a movie I watch at least once a month now, somethin real honest about it - also like lookin at mid 90s documentary film of Wisconsin, I remember those times from being a kid"


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""Chris Smith followed a filmmaker called Mark Borchardt and his monosyllabic sidekick Mike Shank over the course of several years to create this beautiful portrait of a man attempting to make a low-budget masterpiece. Full of accidental comedy and poignant moments.""


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" N/AStory/Writing: ★★★★ (4/5) Much like King of Kong (see below), this is some great storytelling. A good majority of the dialogue in this is just hilarious, with some occasionally "deep" philosophizing by Mark Borchardt, about life, and his life in particular. Acting: N/A Can't really rate people being, as far as I know, themselves. Hamming it up, maybe, but even if they are, that's expected. Cameras can have that effect. Visuals: ★★★ (3/5) Straightforward, handheld camera work."


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" What is it about? It is about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. "


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"A documentary about a guy who follows his dreams no matter how misguided they are. A true maverick behind the lens."


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"American Movie (Columbia TriStar) conveys the magic, frustration, and pressures of independent filmmaking. "


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"07.01.2011 "Do you think this is a little bit cathartic for you?" "Uh, very cathartic, Mark." "Do you know what cathartic means?" "No.""


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"Uncle Bill recording his lines. "


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" Mark Borchardt inspires us all to make better films."