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Winnebago Man (2010)

Jack Rebney , Ben Steinbauer  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Rebney
  • Directors: Ben Steinbauer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: July 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041518C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Winnebago Man" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Funny, But Nothing Profound 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars misanthropic rebney April 8, 2013
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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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WINNEBAGO MAN (Dir. Ben Steinbauer, 2010, 87 minutes) is a most cogent and fascinating documentary, entirely due to its subject. Its subject is then-80-year-old Jack Rebny (now 82 or 83), a former Winnebago RV pitch man and journalist who became inadvertently famous for a hilarious 1989 video.

I had never seen nor heard of this video, but I find it is apparently famous at least across the U.S. and Italy. In it, Jack, attempting to film a Winnebago promotional in 1989, was surreptitiously shot by the crew, thinking he was off-camera. His insanely funny swearing, irritable temper and things going repeatedly wrong has been an inspiration for millions since it was leaked in 1989. Apparently this is legendary among Hollywood types, and countless references have been made to the video since 1989.

My wife and I, watching clips of it for the first time here, were at odds. It caused me to roll on the floor laughing; she was simply angry at the fact that Jack sounded exactly like me on a bad day. I take that as a compliment. Director Ben Steinbauer took it upon himself one day to find the true identity of Jack Rebny and see if he could locate him.

The filmmaker found Jack, living in isolation on a mountain in California and it set the wheels in motion. This fascinating and inspiring study of an intelligent, sensitive and humorous man - albeit a slightly autistic man - really touched me. And I am not easily touched. Refusing to allow any kind of autobiographical interview, Jack gave the director and his crew the time of their lives. They got what they deserved, in fact, but the happy ending and the innate sweetness of Jack Rebny is the best thing of all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silly movie
Heard Opie and Anthony talking about it and decided to take a look. Interesting to see a little behind the scenes of a early youtube celeb and seeing how it changed their personal... Read more
Published 9 days ago by DeSwagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Before this movie I didn't know Jack!!
I absolutely loved this movie!! Jack Rebney is hilarious! His somewhat cantankerous disposition and unyielding candor expressed with such powerful and colorful profanity made me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars More serious route over actual comedy
It was alright.
Watched it hoping there would be more commercial outtakes in this than the ones posted on youtube but there really wasn't. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dinosaur_eel
1.0 out of 5 stars The overall concept of saluting a Jack for his efforts is touching...
If you like to hear a washed up old guy deliver f bombs go for it. Some of it is funny but it gets old pretty fast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Hamons
4.0 out of 5 stars Made with fans in mind
If you are a fan of the Winnebago Man, then you will love this movie. It's made for people like us. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Rebney rules!
Here is a man you could pound a case of Blatz with and discuss Winnebagos, science and the vagaries of shape-shifting reptilian overlords from the far reaches of space.....
Published 3 months ago by Vomit
5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh till you cry
Hilarious. Jack Rebney turns out to be a thoughtful, intelligent, complex person. I like the 'Winnebago Man', and the documentary also!
Published 7 months ago by Tim Trainor
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony,...would you do me a kindness?
I am starting a new religion based on the teachings of Winnebago Man. I would like to read a passage from the Book of Rebney. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T-bone
3.0 out of 5 stars angry man
it's funny but the movie is too long. Here is twelve more words for your required nonsense, computer overlord. Thanks.
Published 10 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary
I had the distinct pleasure of getting to meet these filmmakers as an intern with a film festival — not only is their movie a delight but they are, too. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emily Drake
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