Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)




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In this film, four eccentrics talk about their seemingly diverse lives, interests, and offbeat occupations: Lion tamer Dave Hoover offers theories about wild animal thought processes; topiary gardener George Mendo clips hedges to various creatures; mole-rat specialist Ray Mendez researches the animals' behavior; robotics scientist Rodney Brooks assembles autonomous robots.
PG (adult situations)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Dave Hoover
as Wild Animal Trainer
George Mendonça
as Topiary Gardener
Ray Mendez
as Mole-Rat Specialist
Rodney Brooks
as Robot Scientist

Critic Reviews for Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control proves, once again, that Errol Morris is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today.

Full Review… | November 29, 2015

Unusual documentary pointless but engrossing.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control convinced me that a documentary can be a poem.

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
Looking Closer

A typically quirky and intriguing offering from Morris.

June 23, 2005
Nitrate Online

Morris's juggling act as ringmaster somehow lucidly connects everything and comes up with an entertaining, dazzling and profound film.

Full Review… | January 26, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offbeat and often intriguing

March 29, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Fast, Cheap & Out of Control


A documentary profiling four unlikely subjects: a lion tamer, a topiary master, a naked mole-rat expert, and a robot designer. Each of these craftsmen is somewhat interesting on their own, but what makes the documentary work is the way unexpected connections start to arise between a quartet with very different obsessions.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

A intriguing and entertaining documentary film about four men and their passions - lion taming, robotics, topiary and mole rats. Thefilm lets the men speak for themselves - there's no "directors narrative" telling you what to think - and the visuals and the voiceovers of the four subject areas interlink at times... .so you might be watching a lion tamer but listening to a hedge cutter (and damned if you can tell the difference between the four sometimes). I THINK the film is all about the interconnectedness between, well, everything - animal, vegetable and mineral - but I 'm not really sure. Watching this film was like struggling to grasp a nugget of wisdom that's being held tantalisingly just out of reach.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

This is more of a documentary then it is a movie but it was an entry in the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival Special Presentations. What we have here is a montage of four different people, and the stories go on within each other continuously. The four people are a topiary gardener who has a hedge in the shape of a giraffe and is as big as one, a robot engineer who has some pretty neat robots for 1997, a naked mole-rat expert and these are some ugly critters and I wish I could find someone to send me to Africa to study a rat, but I rather go to Italy) and a lion tamer who knew Clyde Beatty so he says and he's been attacked so many times but not a scare on him. All in all it made for a pretty boring movie for me anyway, but you just might find an interest in the Naked Mole Rat, My only interest is he don't end up in my Home. 2 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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