Krippendorf's Tribe

Krippendorf's Tribe

Director: Todd Holland Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne


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Todd Holland directed this Charlie Peters adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel. Respected anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) and his wife, Jennifer (Barbara Williams), bring their three children along during their failed search in New Guinea for a lost tribe. After Jennifer's death, James reaches a zero point back in the U.S., having spent all his foundation grant money raising the kids as a single parent. Scheduled to lecture at a college and fearful he could be charged with misuse of grant funds, James concocts an imaginary tribe, the Shelmikedmu, and fakes a 16 mm "documentary" film, casting his children as tribe members and editing in footage of a legit New Guinea tribe. Anthropologist Veronica Micelli (Jenna Elfman) contacts cable-TV producer Henry Spivey (David Ogden Stiers), forcing James to continue creating fraudulent footage as the rival Ruth Allen (Lily Tomlin) gets suspicious. It seems a shame this racially insensitive film was made, while the once-announced plans to film anthropologist Kenneth Good's nonfiction Into the Heart (Simon & Schuster, 1991) never led to a production.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1999
UPC: 0786936066982
Original Release: 1998
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss James Krippendorf
Jenna Elfman Veronica Micelli
Natasha Lyonne Shelly
Gregory Smith Mickey
Carl Michael Lindner Edmund
Stephen Root Gerald Adams
Elaine Stritch Irene Harding
Tom Poston Gordon Harding
David Ogden Stiers Henry Spivey
Lily Tomlin Ruth Allen
Doris Belack President Porter
Julio Oscar Mechoso Simon Alonso
Siobhan Fallon Lori Hayward
Barbara Williams Jennifer Krippendorf
Zakes Mokae Sulukim

Technical Credits
Todd Holland Director
Larry Brezner Producer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Jackie Burch Casting
Ross Canter Executive Producer
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Whitney Green Executive Producer
Karen Manthey Set Decoration/Design
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Charlie Peters Screenwriter
Jon Poll Editor
Bill Rea Art Director
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
James E. Webb Sound/Sound Designer

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