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Rubin and Ed (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 1992 (USA)
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An unsuccessful, nervous businessman gradually comes to befriend an eccentric, asocial nerd on a trip to Utah to bury a deceased cat.

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Trent Harris

Writer:

Trent Harris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crispin Glover ... Rubin Farr
Howard Hesseman ... Ed Tuttle
Karen Black ... Rula
Michael Greene ... Mr. Busta
Anna Louise Daniels Anna Louise Daniels ... Rubin's Mom
Brittney Lewis Brittney Lewis ... Poster Girl
Jonathan Chapin ... Brat
Ray Gordon Ray Gordon ... Barking Man
Jane Mendenhall Jane Mendenhall ... Woman By Pool
Dorene Nielsen Dorene Nielsen ... Ed's Mom
James Nielsen James Nielsen ... Ed's Dad
Frank Magner Frank Magner ... Bob
Diane St. Cyr Diane St. Cyr ... Bonnie
Aaron Tranberg Aaron Tranberg ... Desk Sergeant
Michael Scott Michael Scott ... Jimbo
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Storyline

Reclusive Rubin Farr teams up with vocal but unsuccessful multi-level salesman Ed Tuttle on a quest to bury Rubin's dead cat in the "perfect spot." Their trip takes them across Utah's desert where they have run-ins with Ed's ex-wife Rula and an elusive Andy Warhol critic. Written by Janna L. Gifford

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As soon as Ed saves Rubin's life, he's gonna kill him.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,131, 17 May 1992

Gross USA:

$15,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,675
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

When Crispin Glover did his infamous David Letterman appearance in character as Rubin, it wasn't to promote the film because it was still being written by Trent Harris, and wouldn't come out for four years. But the appearance did wind up connecting onto the movie as being "the movie about the character who tried kicking David Letterman four years earlier." See more »

Goofs

For one or two shots, Rubin's shoe faces the wrong way as it spins towards Rula and Jimbo's car. See more »

Quotes

Ed Tuttle: [seeing a reflection on a mountain in the distance] Yep, there's an asswipe up there.
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Referenced in Homestar Runner: Doomy Tales of the Macabre (2009) See more »

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Symphony #1 in D Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Suddeutsche Philharmonie
Conducted by Dennis Zsoltay
Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc.
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Quirky, weird, and utterly delightful
29 July 2004 | by illusoryjaneSee all my reviews

This movie is a story of two failures who get thrown into each other's worlds for one of the most bizarre journeys ever captured on film. As an avid lover of truly weird films, I find Rubin and Ed to be an irresistible comedy.

Crispin Glover is, as always, wonderful. He portrays Rubin, a social outcast and complete shut-in who's forced to go out into the world to prove to his mother that he is making friends, so she'll give him back his stereo.

He comes across Ed (Hessman), who is a "fraud failure" trying his hand as a member of "the organization," which is portrayed as some sort of real estate cult. The two wind up traveling into the Utah West Desert to bury Rubin's recently murdered cat, and come to hate each other entirely as they become the most unlikely pair of friends.

This movie is not for everyone, and indeed it is not easy to find even in Utah (where it is set, and from whence director Trent Harris hails). Rubin and Ed is a remarkably strange and offbeat film. It's the epitome of a cult classic, and as such will inevitably leave you thinking, "huh?" However, if you're tired of Hollywood's sanitized story lines and obvious repetition, I highly recommend trying to find a copy of this movie.


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