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R| 1 hr. 47 min.

Plot Summary
In this cult-favorite documentary, Mark Borchardt, an aspiring filmmaker from a working-class Wisconsin background, is set on finishing his low-budget horror movie, despite a barrage of difficulties. Plagued by lack of cash, unreliable help and numerous personal problems, Mark wants to complete the film to raise funds for a more ambitious drama. With the assistance of his bumbling but loyal friend Mike Schank, Mark struggles to move forward, making for plenty of bittersweet moments.

Cast: Mark Borchardt , Tom Schimmels , Monica Borchardt , Alex Borchardt , Chris Borchardt , Ken Keen , Mike Schank , Matt Weisman

Director: Chris Smith

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Columbia TriStar Home Video, Sony Pictures Classics

American Movie (1999)

Release Date: November 5th, 1999|1 hr. 47 min.

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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    That's why American Movie cuts so deep: It's about the American dream, about not giving up, about being true to yourself. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This thorough original is a wall-to-wall exercise in gallows humor, a movie whose full funny/sad effect doesn't hit until you reflect upon the subject and the cast of characters. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's never entirely clear whether Borchardt is also an object of ridicule for documentarian Chris Smith. show more

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