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What began as one of funniest videos of all time is now the acclaimed indie comedy hit of the year! Type The Angriest Man in the World; into any search engine and one name appears Jack Rebney (a.k.a. The Winnebago Man), an 80s RV salesman whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Internet phenomenon seen by millions. When a young filmmaker goes in search of the legendary man who disappeared 20 years ago, he finds Rebney living alone on a mountain top, as sharp-tongued as ever, but more intelligent and lovable than anyone could have imagined. Winnebago Man is a outrageously funny and unexpectedly moving tale of one man's response to unwanted celebrity, and proof that the truth is both stranger and funnier than fiction. From Producers Joel Heller, Malcolm Pullinger and Ben Steinbauer. Special Features include: The never before seen Original Winnebago Sales Video starring Jack Rebney in its entirety, Featurette of the NY Premiere, with Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Daddy Day Care) and Jack Rebney, Original Theatrical Trailer. Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen

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One of the funniest documentaries ever made! --Michael Moore, Academy Award Winning Filmmaker

Two Thumbs Up! --Roger Ebert

Prepare to laugh hard! --San Francisco Chronicle


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  • Actors: Jack Rebney
  • Directors: Ben Steinbauer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: July 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041518C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Winnebago Man" on IMDb

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on February 15, 2011
Format: DVD
Jack Rebney is famous for a video of outtakes from a Winnebago commercial filmed in 1989. The obscenity-laden video became a youtube sensation and intrigued Ben Steinbauer enough that he decided to make his first documentary about Jack Rebney, the reluctant star of the video. For twenty years, the video was passed around on VHS tapes until youtube allowed it to be uploaded for the entire world to see. Ben sets out to find Jack, first by tracking down the people involved in making the video only to discover that Jack Rebney hasn't been seen or heard since the making of it.

It should come as no surprise that Ben does find Jack Rebney and he now lives atop a mountain in Northern California. Nearly 80 years old, Jack is an articulate, well-spoken man who seems comfortable living the life of a hermit. In their first meeting, Jack appears to be a kind, old man unconcerned and even humored by the existence of the infamous video. After a week, Jack begins calling Ben and confesses that he put on an act due to the humiliation that came from the release of the video. This is where we get to know the real Jack Rebney, or as much as this documentary will allow.

The film's biggest flaw is that Ben found a remarkable subject in Jack Rebney, yet doesn't seem to take full advantage of that. Jack Rebney is a fascinating individual; highly intelligent, with a soothing, austere voice. He's very opinionated, thoughtful, hilarious, and unafraid to be vulgar. He's a difficult man, but a likable one. He makes it clear several times that he despises no one more than Dick Cheney and that he's working on a book about religion, life, sex, and politics. Jack sees Ben's film as a way to really show his true self, but I don't feel he was given the opportunity to do that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By makalu on January 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Summary: If you are like me, one of the greatest days of your life was the day you discovered "The Winnebago Man", a compilation of outtakes from a promotional video gone horribly awry. The reason for the brilliance of the video is a man named Jack Rebney, a man who forgot his lines, mercilessly harassed the crew, and commented on the idiotic nature of his own dialogue. After recovering from the epidemic of laughter that swept through the land, America was left with just one question: Who is Jack Rebney? Ben Steinbauer, a documentarian with nobility in his heart and courage in his mind, decided to step up to the plate and take the daunting task of tracking down Mr. Rebney. After multiple Google searches and a visit to a private detective, Steinbauer finally finds the true Jack Rebney, although the results are initially disappointing. A sweet, well spoken old man who lives a life of monk-like solitude in a remote cabin expresses remorse at his coarse language and attitude he adhered to in the past. Steinbauer, seemingly defeated, retreats back home, only to be contacted by Rebney a few weeks later with a startling confession: the innocent Jack Rebney Ben had met before was a charade, and the real Jack was dying to get out. From this point, we begin to see Jack Rebney as he truly is: a bitter, cantankerous, but somehow lovable old man who has an affinity for cursing.

Review: Over the next hour, we begin to see a genuine relationship grow between Ben and Jack, and this relationship is easily the strongpoint of the movie. Ben's patience and gentle nature acts as a perfect antithesis to Jack's short-fused attitude and explosive personality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rapahannock on September 16, 2012
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I haven't been able to discover the Winnebago Man on youtube prior to me watching this documentary because my searches were not in junction with the material relayed in the videos. Despite the many searches and stumbleupons of videos featuring angry individuals and the like, I just didn't get around to viewing the so-called, angriest man alive.

I for some reason had recently gained interest in people who resort to living in an RV full time, so one day I had decided to search for documentaries involving RV living, when I didn't find what I was looking for through Amazon prime or Netflix instant streaming I simply searched Winnebago and thus how I stumbled upon the Winnebago Man.

The documentary is rather interesting and somewhat insightful of Jack Rebney's outlook then and now, when you look at it from the perspective of the intended audience, the ones who are given the opportunity to meet the true RV man.

This documentary allows you to see the back story of the Winnebago Man from the mouth of the Winnebago man himself.

It was, to a degree, like watching the real-life version of "Disney's Pixar Up".

In reverse, I have discovered the YouTube clips of the Winnebago Man from this documentary itself, instead of the other way around.

PS I was, caught by surprise by choice. I no longer watch trailers or look at reviews before watching a flick, ruins the whole thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Aquilegia on April 8, 2013
Format: DVD
This documentary is about a guy named Jack Rebney who made an industrial film for Winnebago motor homes in 1989. It was not the actual film he made that caused this documentary to be made, but the outtakes from the film. Much of the outtakes center on Rebney fluffing or forgetting his lines and then swearing profusely at his mistakes and/or the whole miserable experience of making the industrial film. The outtakes were gathered up and some people put together the funniest ones and put them on the internet. That made Rebney an internet star. The maker of this documentary wondered who was the real person behind all the swearing and shouting. The documentary depicts him tracking down Rebney. Rebney turned out to be an ex-CBS executive who when he retired, went into a life of semi-seclusion in northern California.
When Steinbauer manages to find Rebney almost twenty years later and visit him at his northern California home, he finds Rebney to be ostensibly unconcerned and bemused by his internet fame. Some time after the first meeting, Steinbauer gets a letter from Rebney with Rebney informing Steinbauer that he had fooled him. Rebney wanted to get his true feelings about himself told to Steinbauer.
It turns out Rebney is not the complacent, unconcerned person as he had first presented himself to Steinbauer, but a person with a lot of pointed political and social views. He was not unconcerned about his internet fame/infamy but was deeply disturbed about how he was perceived. He only relents in his anger when he discovers on a trip to San Francisco many people who laughed at his film shared his wacko views. When Steinbauer does the rest of the documentary with Rebney, by that time Rebney, who was around 80, was afflicted with glaucoma and almost totally blind.
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