October 17th, 1997



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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

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.

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


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


Did You Know?

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."

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

[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


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.


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