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Dumpster Baby

Steven Grainger , Angela Benjamin , James Bickert , Randy Hill  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steven Grainger, Angela Benjamin, K. Ken Johnston, Andy Bailey, Blue
  • Directors: James Bickert, Randy Hill
  • Writers: James Bickert, Randy Hill
  • Producers: James Bickert, Randy Hill
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Troma
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dumpster Baby" on IMDb

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A drug addict gives birth to a premature crack baby and abandons it in a dumpster. Helpless and left for dead, the dumpster baby begins a surreal journey as it encounters a wide array of bizarre characters, including an adulterous surgeon, a vicious street pimp, a mentally handicapped garbage man and a crack-addled hooker with a heart of gold. A modern grindhouse classic in the tradition of "Street Trash" and "Saw".

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly uncomfortable. September 5, 2006
By Ton
Brilliantly uncomfortable.

An unwanted baby that is disposed of by placing it in a dumpster is a superb metaphor for the kind of world most kids are born into these days. As we follow the baby through various circumstances as it goes from hand to hand, we see more and more of this dumpster of a world we live in.

This film is dark, depressing and uses a palette that beautifully illustrates it's story and message. It is made on a low budget, but Dumpster Baby is one of those movies that show that not only no unlimited amount of money is needed to make a great film, but that the lack of it actually adds to the gritty atmosphere it wants to capture (a message maestro Mario Bava already understood perfectly, often handing films in under budget, because not all of the cash was needed to make a fine product). No CGI-effects could ever recreate this kind of realism. I have read about the bad sound the film is supposed to have. OK, admitted, it is not quite 5-channel ultra-dolby mix that we get here, but as with the murky atmosophere that the cameras captured so magnificently, the sometimes hard to follow mumblings the people speak to each other add a fitting non-communicational loneliness to the lives of those we follow.

Highly original, extremely hard-hitting and rather uncomfortable. In other words: a poetic masterpiece, a must-see and a must-have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By C. Nye
Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, all of these supposed "classic films" are mere steaming piles of refuse when seen through the eyes of one who has had the privilege to behold the glory that is Dumpster Baby. I had once thought that my high standards and expectations when viewing a film would never allow me to walk away truly satisfied at movies' end. This one has single handedly proven me wrong. The other reviews of this movie mention that the film is "convoluted" and "a waste of time". These viewers simply can't comprehend pure greatness or undestand the underlying vision that drives a true cinematic genius when he masters his craft. Dumpster Baby is the apex of film; without this movie the world would be a much more dismal place. Thank you Dumpster Baby. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allegorical Nightmare January 20, 2009
Okay, first things first. The acting is not good, and thats severely understating. The sound quality is very quiet (i watched it on my computer with headphones, and even then some of it was hard to understand). The fact that this movie is low budget is extremely obvious. However, I'm giving it five stars, because its creators came up with an amazing idea for a movie and did the best they could with what they had.

This is not a movie about a killer baby like one might assume. It's about a baby that gets thrown away like a piece a trash, and is then carried from person to person in a series of seemingly-unconnected vignettes. Vignettes that are royally messed up. In this sense, the movie is never boring, and no scene overstays its welcome. The city in which Dumpster Baby resides is truly vile, something of a stark metaphor for the world we live in. And something HAS to be said about the ending. Completely unexpected and very disturbing.

Clearly this movie isn't for everyone, and I'll refrain from calling it anything other than 'powerful.' It's thought-provoking, and would probably make for an amazing novel. See it for the story and the imagery, forgive the sound and the acting.
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