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American Movie, 1999

American Movie
Starring: Mark Borchardt, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt, Alex Borchardt
Directed by: Chris Smith
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  107 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of American Movie is offbeat, touching, and humorous. The plot centers around filmmaking, following your dreams, and ambition. It is an independent and documentary movie. In approach, American Movie is realistic. The setting is Wisconsin. It happens in the 1990s. American Movie is known for being a Sundance Festival winner and critically acclaimed. Note that it includes drugs/alcohol.

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Smith's film is a poignant commentary on what it takes to make an independent film. It also happens... more

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Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 13 April 2000
Runtime: 107 min

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Mark Borchardt Mark Borchardt As Filmmaker
Tom Schimmels Tom Schimmels As Actor in 'Coven'
Monica Borchardt Monica Borchardt As Mark's Mom
Alex Borchardt Alex Borchardt As Mark's Brother
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Though a little long, the film takes us right inside both the creative impulse and the margins of American life. Its triumph is to show those two things as being deeply, wonderfully connected.
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The rare documentary that combines a wildly charismatic subject with an elegant structure...not-to-be-missed.
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There is a big difference between a passionate hobby and accomplishment. Mark Borchardt, a poor, low-class aspiring filmmaker, is the subject of Chris Smith's documentary American Movie. Borchardt started making movies when he was 14-years-old....
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At first this movie makes you laugh. The second time you go back to laugh again and you suddenly become emotionally involved with the people in this documentary, some of the best characters ever placed on screen.
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