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Teddy Bears' Picnic
     

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Director: Harry Shearer, Morgan Fairchild, Master Henry Gibson, Howard Hesseman

Cast: Harry Shearer, Morgan Fairchild, Master Henry Gibson, Howard Hesseman

 
Actor and comedian Harry Shearer makes his directorial debut with this mock documentary about the slightly sordid pastimes of some of America's wealthiest and most powerful men. Zambesi Glen is a private resort in Northern California whose highly exclusive membership rolls includes high-echelon politicians, leaders of America's military, owners of the nation's biggest

Overview

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer makes his directorial debut with this mock documentary about the slightly sordid pastimes of some of America's wealthiest and most powerful men. Zambesi Glen is a private resort in Northern California whose highly exclusive membership rolls includes high-echelon politicians, leaders of America's military, owners of the nation's biggest corporations, renowned and respected political thinkers, and a handful of celebrity guests; the club's membership is overwhelmingly white and exclusively male. Once a year, Zambesi Glen holds a week-long retreat for its members, and while this gathering features the occasional group discussion of political and economic issues, most of the week is devoted to swilling booze, staging comic skits, performing odd rituals not out of place at a Boy Scout camp, doing business with the prostitutes imported for the festivities, and generally carousing like frat boys on a bender. However, not all is well in this playground for the power elite; feminist groups are protesting Zambesi Glen's "men only" membership policy, and far more embarrassing, a television reporter has found a way to smuggle cameras into the well-guarded resort, giving the world a less than flattering look at what America's leadership likes to do for a good time. The revelers at Zambesi Glen are played by a top-shelf comic cast, including Michael McKean, George Wendt, Henry Gibson, Kenneth Mars, Fred Willard, Howard Hessman, and Bob Einstein; among the female interlopers are Morgan Fairchild, Joyce Hyser, and Ming-Na. Teddy Bears' Picnic was inspired by Harry Shearer's visit as a guest to Bohemian Grove, the real-life men's-only retreat whose members are said to include George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, Malcolm Forbes, David Rockefeller, Casper W. Weinberger, and William F. Buckley, though the film's opening credits humorously disavows any resemblance between Zambesi Glen and Bohemian Grove.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
UPC:
0821575524759
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Fairchild Courtney Vandermint
Master Henry Gibson Clifford Sloane
Howard Hesseman Ted Frye
John Michael Higgins Whit Summers
Michael McKean Porterfield "Porty" Pendleton
Peter Marshall Himself
John O'Hurley Earle Hansen
Ming-Na Wen Katy Woo
Harry Shearer Joey Lavin
Kurtwood Smith William Easler
Alan Thicke Himself
George Wendt General Edison "Pete" Gerberding
Fred Willard Senator Roger Dickey

Technical Credits
Harry Shearer Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Marc Ambrose Producer
Michael Donovan Casting
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Michael Kastenbaum Executive Producer
John Bard Manulis Executive Producer
Cal Naylor Co-producer
Jaime Reynoso Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Ladies Day [5:36]
3. Zambesians [5:51]
4. Opening Ceremonies [5:02]
5. Reminiscing [6:14]
6. Secrets Revealed [6:57]
7. The Plan [4:20]
8. Video Camera [3:23]
9. Birthday Gift [5:43]
10. Pelican's Cabinet [4:51]
11. Fire [5:07]
12. Tape Delivery [2:36]
13. Rescue Mission [2:21]
14. Unmarked Flight [5:54]
15. A Night at Shakespeare's [3:55]
16. Final Breakfast [3:05]
17. End Credits [5:28]

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