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Meet Jeff Towne. He's a beer-drinking, porno-consuming, wrestling fanatic with Down's Syndrome. He lies, he cheats, he steals; he fondles women. In short, he's a lot like the rest of us than we care to admit. Jeff's days are divided between his filthy home that he shares with his 98 year old, wheelchair bound foster mother (who pins their financial future on the certainty that they'll win the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes) and a mall movie theater, where the employees alternately mock and care for Jeff. They've become a bizarre surrogate family for Jeff, providing him with all the vices that his mother so desperately ignores - to her, Jeff is a good Christian boy with a heart of gold. As this shocking and hilarious documentary will show you, Jeff frequents strip joint, bum-rushes celebrities, cares for his horrifying blackened diseased foot, and gets his few remaining teeth extracted. One thing is for sure: you've never seen anything like Jefftowne and you've never met anyone like Jeff.

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Meet Jeff Towne. He's a beer-drinking, porno-consuming, wrestling fanatic with Down's Syndrome. He lies, he cheats, he steals; he fondles women. In short, he's a lot like the rest of us than we care to admit. Jeff's days are divided between his filthy home that he shares with his 98 year old, wheelchair bound foster mother (who pins their financial future on the certainty that they'll win the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes) and a mall movie theater, where the employees alternately mock and care for Jeff. They've become a bizarre surrogate family for Jeff, providing him with all the vices that his mother so desperately ignores - to her, Jeff is a good Christian boy with a heart of gold. As this shocking and hilarious documentary will show you, Jeff frequents strip joint, bum-rushes celebrities, cares for his horrifying blackened diseased foot, and gets his few remaining teeth extracted. One thing is for sure: you've never seen anything like Jefftowne and you've never met anyone like Jeff.

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  • Actors: Hulk Hogan, Daniel Kraus, Genevieve Lutgen, William Shatner, Jeff Towne
  • Directors: Daniel Kraus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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 ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008HC9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jefftowne" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The movie itself is just the opposite to what I expected.
Jose Luis Romeu Miguel
His theatre friends are still there to help him, and these films document the important friendships that disabled folks must trust to help them through life.
Joshua M. Fischer
If you are expecting random violence and nudity, this is not the movie for you.
Jason Aderholt

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean Austin on December 14, 2003
Format: DVD
ok anyone who knows troma knows that they release some of the bloodiest most offensive material in the country (and oh how i love it.). well get ready for something totally out of the norm for troma. jefftowne is about a 39 year old with downs syndrome. when i bought this i expected something very troma, totally offensive with few redeeming moral qualities, which i had no problem with at all. but this movie actually turned out to be a touching (not very troma) look at someone who doesn't suffer from downs syndrome, he lives as if he didn't even have it. you meet jeff's 93 year old foster mother who is confined to a wheelchair as well as his extended family at the mall movie theater. they take just as much, if not more care of jeff than his mother. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DISREGARD MIKE DAVIS'S REVIEW OF THIS MOVIE! jeff is not treated the way that mr davis has said he is in this movie. the people are just so friendly with jeff that they can joke around with him as much as they want to. when i first saw the first scene in this movie, i thought that the guy making farting noises and blaming it on jeff was intended to upset jeff, but after a second watch you can see that it was just friendly. im really sorry if this review sucks, its pretty late and im dozing off in front of the keyboard. the DVD also includes jefftowne 2, which is a follow-up to the movie 4 years later, which i also think is good. again im sorry if this review sucked, but please, give jefftowne a chance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luis Romeu Miguel on October 6, 2003
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I was very upset when I first read about Jefftowne, it seemed quite controversial, and didn't like the idea of offending the dignity of a person with Down's Syndrome. Anyway, I bought it, just to seem how far could it go... Now I've seen it... I was too way wrong...
The DVD is great, with a good transfer and nice english subtitles. Also is packed with extras, a little video shoot of the actual Jeff Towne nowadays, the slamdance premiere and some extra stuff worth watching (like the 2 audio commentaries).
The movie itself is just the opposite to what I expected. Jefftowne is made with something very unusual these days... it's freedom. Of course, in terms of tecnical quality, it's a very cheap docu, and crapy at sometimes. However, filmmaking isn't just about expensive material, it has also a moral. And let me tell you that the director of this movie (Daniel Kraus) treats Jefftowne with more dignity than any Hollywood production would have. Because dignity doesn't mean to explain the good things of anyone, dignity means to explain everything about Jeff, and still love him, but not because he's ill or retarded, love him because he's a person; and people have good and bad things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua M. Fischer on October 13, 2007
Format: DVD
As one who prefers non-fictional, gritty and anti-Hollywood filmmaking, I think "Jefftowne" is a major accomplishment, especially in the way it develops and celebrates relationships between a man with Down's Syndrome and those he befriends at his local mall's movie theater. Did the filmmakers try to profit from Jeffy's disability? Hardly. I'm pretty sure they were film students at the University of Iowa, surviving by working at the theater with one of the film's heroes, Kim the manager. Kim is the man who accepts, appreciates and nurtures Jeffy, who otherwise would be forced to spend his life living with his invalid foster mother. This woman, Genevieve, deserves credit for adopting Jeffy, but she is hopeless, can't take care of Jeffy's hygiene and somehow believes that she will be the next Clearing House Sweepstakes winner.
I bet the movie derived from boredom at work, when director Daniel Kraus and associates realized that Jeff Townes' life was a readymade documentary that only needed to be filmed. You can tell that Kraus, and almost everyone else, loved Jeffy and wanted to give him the spotlight he always dreamed of. That Jeffy loved beer, women, Star Trek and wrestling normalizes him, and without his movie theatre friends, he would have never met William Shatner or seen Hulk Hogan live.
This is a touching story about one man's bizarre journey through life, vocalized through his dozen or so vocabulary words that end up saying it all. Credit goes to Jeffy's friends who participated in the film, and of course to the production crew, who spent only $6,000 to make it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
Format: DVD
Jefftowne (Daniel Kraus, 1998)

In the world of Troma film distribution, every once in a while you come across something that makes you start singing "one of these things is not like the other" in your head. Jefftowne is that thing, a documentary that is not at all played for laughs. How on earth did Troma find this, and what were they thinking? (Unfortunately, I'm sure the answer to that is "people will laugh at this guy." More unfortunately, I'm sure they were right.

Jeff Towne is a forty-year-old with Down's Syndrome. He lives alone, has a job at a movie theater, and actually lives pretty much like a lot of other confirmed bachelors; he drinks a lot of beer, looks at a lot of porn, watches pro wrestling. How is this out of the ordinary? Because Jeff has Down's Syndrome, of course, and because he does everything he does to extremes.

You'd expect a movie like this to be exploitive, and I'm sure that's what Troma were thinking when they picked it up for distribution (and because of that, I'm sure there's a segment of the populace that will see it exactly that way), but it really isn't. Kraus (Musician), a friend of Jeff's, treated him pretty much like any other documentary subject you'd see captured on film, Yes, there's some humor here, but it flows naturally (Jeff is something of a raconteur) rather than coming from Jeff's lot in life. The documentary is sensitive and fascinating despite, essentially, following a regular guy around doing regular stuff.

The DVD contains a wealth of extras that make it well worth checking out even if you've seen the movie itself, including a short follow-up Kraus filmed two years after the original movie. Very good, this. *** ½
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