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1h 26m 2005

Brief Synopsis

A journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, following his discordant encounters in the music business. Institutionalized at sixteen-years-old, after attacking his mother with a knife, Fischer wandered the mean streets of L.A., singing his total

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MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005

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Duration
1h 26m

Synopsis

A journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, following his discordant encounters in the music business. Institutionalized at sixteen-years-old, after attacking his mother with a knife, Fischer wandered the mean streets of L.A., singing his totally unique brand of songs for 10ยข to passersby. Discovered by Frank Zappa, with whom he cut his first record album, Fischer became an underground club and concert favorite, earning him the title of "godfather of outsider music." Over the course of 40 years, he appeared on national TV and the Top 50 music charts in England, was the subject of his own comic book, was the first artist to be recorded on Rhino Records, and sang a duet with the late Rosemary Clooney. Extensive archival footage from Fischer's early days trace his life from neglected child to tortured genius. The camera visits him at home, follows him on the streets, and speaks with those who over the years witnessed--and survived--his erratic behavior: his family, his doctor, and industry professionals (including Frank and Gail Zappa, Weird Al Yankovic, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, Solomon Burke, Dr. Demento, and Billy Mumy).

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m

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Released in United States 2005

Released in United States December 9, 2005

Released in United States Fall November 3, 2005

Released in United States March 2005

Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 11-19, 2005.

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (World Cinema) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States March 2005 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 11-19, 2005.)

Released in United States Fall November 3, 2005

Released in United States December 9, 2005 (Los Angeles)