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A fascinating and humorous slice-of-life look at two men's search for one of America's most quintessential and enduring cult phenomena - Bigfoot. Filmmaker Jay Delaney follows the exploits of Dallas and Wayne, two amateur Bigfoot researchers in a depressed Southern Ohio town who have dedicated their lives to proving that Bigfoot is real. The pair claims not only to have seen and photographed Bigfoot in the murky Appalachian forests, but also to have had mysterious encounters with the legendary beast. Despite financial hardships, health problems, family strife, and halfhearted acceptance from the mainstream Bigfoot community, Dallas and Wayne remain steadfast in their quest. This honest and often funny look at their lives shows that Bigfoot is very much alive and well in Dallas and Wayne's world. The film is more than a portrait of small town dreamers; it's an inspiring and humbling look at a quest for a small piece of the American dream.

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A gut-wrenching portrait of friendship, poverty and near-total desperation. --Salon.com

The film s main emphasis is on depicting the everyday lives of regular, financially struggling folk who just happen to have an unusual hobby. --New York Times

[Delaney's] style is calm, serene almost, as he doesn't work to get what he wants out of his subjects but rather allows them to act as if the cameras are not even there . . . No one should miss this film. --CollegeMovieReview.com

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  • Actors: Dallas Gilbert, Wayne Burton
  • Directors: Jay Delaney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IREXBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie" on IMDb

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aparthenogenesis on October 6, 2009
Format: DVD
When I originally saw this movie, I thought it would be a spoof movie - a parody of Bigfoot films in the "Not Another ..." genre. I was half right. Not exactly compelling, it does showcase two "little" men who are self-identified as poor, and their shared obsession - nay ... DREAM ... to find Bigfoot and get their prayers answered.

The movie starts out on a dark note, which is again woven into the story to show one of the low-points of half of our dashing duo's 15 minutes of fame being used to <gasp> accuse him of perpetrating a hoax. Somehow, the quivering eyes reveal more about the character of the man, than the truth. Time to develop a story? Or the victim of poor preparation from a radio co-host, creating a glaring inaccuracy which the host noted and showed him to be a liar. Either way, the radio show host did the right thing. "Oh what a tangled web we weave ..."

I loved when the radio-show crew showed up and they went out 'Bigfootin'" together. Sadly, our hero got blown off for being a "dreamer." Tough crowd out there; even tougher when the light burns dimly. Which begs the analogy of being 'chewed up and spit out,' even if it will seem a bit one-sided.

In this documentary, I remain unconvinced in their sincerity. Not in their belief that Bigfoot is out there - but in them actually thinking that what they do is research. On that note, I found the video entertaining, and worth the time to watch two people cope with a cold, harsh - and hairy, world out there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on October 6, 2009
Format: DVD
If you're looking for a film about Bigfoot, you're in the wrong place. Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie truly lives up to its name. This film presents these two colorful characters, amateur Bigfoot researchers Dallas and Wayne, in an incredibly humanizing, tender way, chronicling their friendship and attempts to find success and acclaim in the Bigfoot community.

The film begins lightly and you may find yourself laughing at Dallas and Wayne and their blind devotion to their pursuit, but as it progresses, you'll find yourself emotionally engrossed in their story and their lives. If you're not affected by them by the end, you don't have a soul.

Ultimately, Dallas and Wayne are just like most Americans - they're struggling to make a name for themselves and to leave their mark on the world. In small town Appalachian Ohio, these uneducated, poverty-stricken men have decided that their best shot is finding Bigfoot. Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie shows a side of America I rarely see in cinema. It's a powerful and enlightening film about friendship, the misunderstood, and the American dream.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on October 1, 2009
Format: DVD
I had no idea what to expect from this film. The title throws you off, but as soon as you start watching, you start to figure out what it really means. While the documentary backdrop may be a poor town where Bigfoot hunting is a means to an end... for Wayne and Dallas, it's what brought them together, and made them best friends.

It's hard to not get a lump in your throat while watching, as the rocky relationship plays out, but everything is so tastefully done that you have to commend the filmmaker, Jay Delaney.

I rarely see documentaries worthy of high rating, but the realistic people portrayed here are much more interesting for me to watch than some person so OUT of the ordinary a doc is made about them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. montavon on October 6, 2009
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I felt that this doc captured the plight of the Appalachian man perfectly. I thought that the men showed a real love for Bigfoot, and are dead set on proving its existence. It is not your typical Bigfoot movie. Don't expect your mind to be changed about the existence of Bigfoot by this movie, perhaps though your mind will be changed about the plight of the poor. Don't listen to me though just go watch it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew in Florida on October 9, 2009
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It is the rare bigfoot movie that calls into question your connection and responsibility to your fellow man, but then, well, this is Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie. From the first time I saw this fascinating documentary from filmmaker Jay Delaney, it touched the core of my being in a profound and existential sense. My reaction to it was not at all dissimilar to my reaction after watching Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man. Perhaps there's something about watching men obsessed that provokes you to want to save them, while wishing you could share their conviction at the very same time.

NYTBM follows a pair of bigfoot "researchers," from a former steel town in Ohio, as their friendship and reputations are tested by the arrival of a top-shelf professional bigfoot hunter. What unfolds is a story so well-plotted that it's hard to believe at times you're watching a documentary, but the story in NYTBM is merely the delivery device for the documentary's real gift: a kind of potent cinematic essay on the enigmatic powers of faith.

Delaney's subjects are nothing if not entirely powerless over their lives, over their rundown homes and fallen township, over their own emotions. These are men of no means, with no ability to stand up to their circumstance. Just one thing keeps them going, keeps them waking up each and every day, facing the bleakness of the world around them: their faith. Faith in bigfoot, faith in their friendship, faith that there's got to be more to this implacable life than meets the eye. Their stubbornness in the face of reason is the part that really challenges you.

I highly recommend Jay Delaney's Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie. It's an extremely touching, challenging, and even comedic look at two very real Americans. Buy it on DVD today!
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