Derailroaded
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Larry "Wild Man" Fischer was a wildly eccentric singer who in 1968 was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by Frank Zappa, who was intrigued by Fischer's offer to write and perform original songs for passers-by for a mere ten cents each. After hearing a few dollars' worth, Zappa offered Fischer -- who had been wandering the edges of the music business for several years, with no success -- a recording contract, and in 1968 the album An Evening With Wild Man Fischer was released. Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always boasting Fischer's wobbly matter-of-taste… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In spite of its sympathy, Derailroaded veers into reality-TV voyeurism."
‑ Steven Mikulan, L.A. Weekly
"You don't have to be a fan of Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer's batty songs to appreciate Josh Rubin's compassionate portrait."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"This in-depth documentary is a loving tribute, an entertaining yet tragic tale, of a true singer-songwriter."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"You don't have to be crazy to sing like Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer -- subject of Josh Rubin's reverential documentary Derailroaded -- but it helps."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"As with all great documentaries, Derailroaded challenges its audience to do some heavy soul-searching."
‑ KJ Doughton, Film Threat
"Mistakes exploitation for empathy."
‑ Drew Tillman, Village Voice
"Best for fans of outsider music."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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