Derailroaded (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

This sensitive, informed and ultimately melancholic bio-doc sums it up very eloquently indeed.

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Drew Tillman
Village Voice

Mistakes exploitation for empathy.

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Clint Morris

Both fans and the indifferent will enjoy the strange, strange story of Fischer's life.

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Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly

In spite of its sympathy, Derailroaded veers into reality-TV voyeurism.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

You don't have to be a fan of Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer's batty songs to appreciate Josh Rubin's compassionate portrait.

Eli Kooris
Austin Chronicle

While there is an odd sense of artistic purity in Fischer's music, Derailroaded never really answers the aforementioned question. Which is exactly how it should be.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Bill Gibron

While heartbreaking and indirectly depressing, Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer is also a very fine documentary indeed.

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KJ Doughton
Film Threat

As with all great documentaries, Derailroaded challenges its audience to do some heavy soul-searching.

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Ed Fucking Harris
I went into this film knowing absolutely nothing of the man known as Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer. By the time of the end credits I was definently a… More