7.5/10
15,272
78 user 49 critic

Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1995 (USA)
Trailer
2:19 | Trailer
Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director:

Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An engineer finds his first gray hair, takes 6 days off from wife, son and work, rents a car and meets different people.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener
Delirious (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joe and Mary have been living together in Manhattan for six years. Joe is an actor, who has no agent and no thesping credits, but whose ambitions are very high. He works as a waiter at a ... See full summary »

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, Daryl Hannah
Trees Lounge (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior
Documentary | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A five year project involving filming on NYC subway. Camera observes people and events unaware they are being filmed. Emotional, intimate and deeply human. All done by director Tom DiCillo.... See full summary »

Director: Tom DiCillo
Johnny Suede (1991)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A struggling young musician and devoted fan of Ricky Nelson wants to be just like his idol and become a rock star.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Brad Pitt, Richard Boes, Cheryl Costa
Double Whammy (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A world-weary police detective who fails to stop a fast-food restaurant massacre struggles to regain his departmental reputation, public image and self-worth.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Denis Leary, Elizabeth Hurley, Luis Guzmán
In the Soup (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Rockwell
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While working on a documentary on his old neighborhood, a young film school graduate shifts the focus of his production onto the disappearance of a local resident and the strange characters... See full summary »

Director: Sam Henry Kass
Stars: Holt McCallany, Michael Badalucco, Nicholas Turturro
13 Moons (2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Things aren't looking so good for television clown Banana's career, and the fact that his estranged wife, Suzi, has just been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, Lily, just serves to compound Banana's despair.

Director: Alexandre Rockwell
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Bracco, Steve Buscemi
Don't Do It (1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The secret longings of three young, hip L.A. couples provides the impetus of the conversations in lightweight drama which focuses upon the issue of commitment. One member of each couple, ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Hess
Stars: James Le Gros, Heather Graham, Esai Morales
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Two punk rockers are interviewed by a rock journalist.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Joe D'Angerio
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Nick Reve
Catherine Keener ... Nicole Springer
Dermot Mulroney ... Wolf
Danielle von Zerneck ... Wanda
James Le Gros ... Chad Palomino (as James LeGros)
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Cora
Peter Dinklage ... Tito
Kevin Corrigan ... Assistant Camera
Hilary Gilford Hilary Gilford ... Script
Robert Wightman ... Gaffer
Tom Jarmusch Tom Jarmusch ... Driver / Intern
Michael Griffiths Michael Griffiths ... Sound Mixer
Matthew Grace Matthew Grace ... Boom
Ryan Bowker Ryan Bowker ... Food Service / Clapper
Francesca DiMauro Francesca DiMauro ... Production Assistant
Edit

Storyline

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Nick is about to discover the first rule of filmmaking: if at first you don't succeed... PANIC! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csapnivaló See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,965, 16 July 1995

Gross USA:

$1,111,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,111,790
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first credited film role for Peter Dinklage who had previously avoided the traditional elf and leprechaun type of role offered to actors with dwarfism. In Lining in Oblivion he plays Tito, a frustrated dwarf actor who complains about his clichéd roles. See more »

Goofs

When a light explodes Wanda asks "Is everybody hurt? Is anybody OK?", whereas she should be asking "Is anybody hurt? Is everybody OK?" See more »

Quotes

Nick: Great! I freak in your dream, I freak out in my dream, no wonder I'm so fucking exhausted.
See more »

Crazy Credits

statement after the end credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are sort of fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is sort of coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemassacre's Top 5 Movies About Making Movies (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A smart, biting sleeper
9 July 2003 | by sparklecatSee all my reviews

"Living in Oblivion" is one of your video store's coolest secrets. Writer-director Tom Dicillo takes a satiric look at independent films while capturing the ups and downs of making a movie. For the cast and crew of the film within this film, the downs hilariously outnumber the ups.

Steve Buscemi shines in an all-too-rare lead role as the frustrated director. There's also great work by James LeGros as the pompous leading man, Catherine Keener as the insecure leading lady, and Dermot Mulroney as the broken-hearted cinematographer.

Dicillo is especially concerned with the nightmares and daydreams of his characters, and rightly adopts a dreamy visual style that shifts between black and white and color.

It all adds up to an uncommonly intelligent, artistic, and funny(!) comedy that deserves your attention.


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 78 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed