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Nuts! lives up to its title in the best way, offering a delightfully unorthodox look at a bizarre -- and largely unexplored -- chapter in American history.



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Inventive and wildly fun, NUTS! recounts the mostly-true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a Kansas doctor who in 1917 discovered that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. From there, the story only gets more bizarre. Mixing hand-drawn animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a highly unreliable narrator, NUTS! traces Brinkley's rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth, and influence.

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Gene Tognacci
as The Narrator
Andy Boswell
as Various Voices
John Causby
as Various voices
Kelly Mizell
as Various voices
Jeff Pillars
as Various Voices
Thom Stylinski
as Various Voices
Fran Taylor
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  • Lane uses creative animation, archival footage and recordings - the good doctor apparently loved to be filmed - to tell an absolutely outrageous story of neediness, greed, delusion and gullibility.

    Jul 29, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • It's a daring formal gamble on Lane's part, but it doesn't completely work.

    Jul 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's flat-out exciting; really, how many documentaries can you say that about?

    Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • I can't imagine anyone believing that goat glands transplanted into human reproductive organs could cure impotence, but as this lively, offbeat documentary proves, plenty of Americans did.

    Jul 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "NUTS!" starts out as one kind of character study and turns into a very different one. The gullible believe in miracles, fortunes are built and lost, and an entire generation is deliberately misled.

    Jul 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This savvy director plays with history and viewers' conceptions of traditional documentary filmmaking, expounding in a way upon Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness."

    Jul 8, 2016 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

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