Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 3, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Bailey

'Fast, Cheap' is about nothing less than our grand experiment - the struggle not only to be human, but to create order in a world bereft of it.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

A typically quirky and intriguing offering from Morris.

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In addition to its ability to be scrupulously analyzed, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control is entertaining, which is perhaps the most praised remark that can be given to a documentary.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Unusual documentary pointless but engrossing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette essay about the human struggle toward meaning.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Offbeat and often intriguing

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A unique film. Morris puts four disparate characters together into one film, making penetrating observations about the nature of humanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
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… More
Lesley N
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… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Tom S.
plants = animals = humans = robots. Seems improbable, but as usual Errol Morris makes a convincing case.
_kelly .King
I love documentaries like this: pick a few very interesting accomplished people and mix their stories together thematically and visually. This is an interesting… More
Wu Chouin
Good doc. Interesting characters who present original facts of their trades. Only downfall is the overuse of stock footage.

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