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The Beaver Trilogy (2000)

In the 1970's, an ambitious filmmaker visits the small town of Utah to film a talent show.

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Trent Harris

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Trent Harris
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Cast overview:
Groovin' Gary Groovin' Gary ... Himself (segment "The Beaver Kid") (archive footage)
Sean Penn ... Groovin' Larry (segment "Beaver Kid 2") (archive footage)
Crispin Glover ... Groovin' Larry (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Stefan Arngrim ... Merril (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
John Bluto John Bluto ... Byron (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Ken Butler ... Terrance (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Lila Waters Lila Waters ... Mother (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Shane McCabe Shane McCabe ... Mr. Larson (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
Elizabeth Daily ... Carrissa (segment "The Orkly Kid") (archive footage)
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It begins in 1979 with the chance meeting in a Salt Lake City parking lot where filmmaker Trent Harris is approached by an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Harris jumps at the chance when the young man invites him to come to the small town of Beaver to film a talent show. At the show, the man dons black leather, blond wig and performs in drag as Olivia Newton John. Harris captures it all on tape. What unfolds is a strange, funny, and ultimately poignant portrait of a true outsider. Not willing to let the story go, Harris then created a dramatic piece, "Beaver Kid 2" based on the documentary. This interpretation, shot in 1981 on a home video camera with a budget of $100, features the young Sean Penn as the Beaver Kid re-enacting the same scenario. Still possessed, Harris then rewrote the script, cast Crispin Glover in the lead, and in 1985 created the final segment, "Orkly Kid" as an American Film Institute project. The three pieces were re-edited, compiled, and finally ... Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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The second short film, "Beaver Kid 2," reportedly had a budget of only $100. See more »

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Brilliant
14 February 2006 | by youaresquishySee all my reviews

If you are a Crispin Glover fan, you must see this. If you are a Sean Penn fan, you must see this. If you are a movie fan in general, you must see this. If you have no idea who Crispin Glover is and you have no idea who Sean Penn is, this film will probably still have a lot of value, but the more work you've previously seen by Crispin or Sean, the better.

This movie is so funny, but it is also pure genius. There is nothing that I know of that resembles this film. It is its own genre. I doubt that anything like it will ever be made again. I cannot say anything more about exactly why without partially spoiling it, and some of the other reviews here have already done a good job at doing that.

In response to any of the reviewers here that gave it a bad review, I ask that you view the film again. In reality, there is no point at which this film could fairly be called "boring." This is possibly the funniest, most entertaining, and least boring film ever made. And it only gets better with age and repeated viewings. A timeless classic that, unfortunately, very few will be able to claim to have seen.

Beaver Trilogy is the brilliant work of director Trent Harris, also responsible for the amazing Rubin and Ed, which Crispin Glover also stars in.

Unfortunately, copies of this film are rare and hard to find. I managed to find a VHS version after some diligent searching though, and there are a couple of ways to find it that I know of. But I really wish someone would put this onto a DVD.


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