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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.


Trent Harris


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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


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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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

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


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 »


In one shot when Ed points towards Rubin (the camera behind Ed) as Rubin is walking up the desert hill with his cooler, there's a jet-stream visible in the blue sky beyond Rubin (which looks intentional). Three seconds later, after cutting back from a closeup of Rubin, the jet-stream is gone. See more »


Ed: You know what the biggest difference between me and a rich man is? He has my bitchy wife and I don't! And if he were smart, he would ask himself why!
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References Cat Ballou (1965) See more »


Symphony #1 in D Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Suddeutsche Philharmonie
Conducted by Dennis Zsoltay
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Superb Display of Acting
31 January 2003 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

I presume this film to have been a "work of love" for Crispin Glover and Howard Hessman - two actors reveling in their trade just for the fun of it and for the personal challenge. The result is both hilarious (I don't use that word lightly) and gratifying, as the two never let us down, but sustain their wonderful best to the end. The budget must have been super-lean, yet the work is crafted to fit within it, resulting in a piece of comic theater that should even provide the two actors themselves with nostalgic sidesplits in years to come.

This film brought to my mind visions of "Rozmarné Léto" (Capricious Summer, by Jiri Menzel) for its humanist humor, and, less obviously, Ataque Verbal, by Albaladejo and crew, for its acting virtuosity - though by Albaladejo, I would sooner recommend Cielo Abierto to anyone unfamiliar with his work.

At first viewing, though I felt the acting good, I considered it narrow in scope. On second viewing, the depth of the characters' problems struck me: one a virtual agoraphobic recluse with little future ahead, the other a whimsical business misfit whose wife's left him. Neither has a clear view of how to escape his predicament, but both see through - or have no choice but to wrestle with - much of the phoneyness of Americana materialism and mercenary dreams.

I just wish this film were more available - and on DVD - I'd like to buy several copies to send to friends.

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