note to the audience: this film contains a relentless torrent of
the foulest, most offensive language ever committed to celluloid.
You have been warned.
Robert Taicher earned his Indie credentials by producing Alejandro
Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain, and working on Santa Sangre. His latest film is
a bittersweet slice of urban Americana. Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth! is
the outrageous, often hilarious, strangely touching, tragic and true
story of Pete and Ray. Perhaps it is best described as the unholy union
of Waiting for Godot and The Odd Couple, or Charles Bukowski and David
Mamet bickering in Hell.
Peter (Glenn Shadix – Beetlejuice) and Ray (Gill Gayle – The
New Women) are down-and-out alcoholics living in the ‘Pepto Bismol
Palace’ in the Lower Haight District of San Francisco. They scream
unprintable torrents of verbal abuse, imbibe massive quantities of
vodka, report each other to 911, get hauled off to jail, and raise
the ire of
everyone within earshot. As time goes by, tensions escalate and their
relationship gets more and more dangerous.
Based on actual conversations recorded in the late 1980s by the enterprising
upstairs neighbors, these unbelievable harangues became an underground
cultural sensation. Duplicated again and again, these aural journals
of self-loathing and drunken nonsense traveled the world. They
were featured on NPR, alternative radio, and they became a daily
opera on the
airwaves in Auckland, New Zealand. Samples of Pete and Ray also
appear on records by L7, Faith No More, and Kim Deal.
This award-winning cult hit screened in film festivals in New York,
Toronto, San Francisco and Chicago.