Teddy Bears' Picnic

Release Date: March 29, 2002
Pushed back one week from March 22, 2002
Limited release

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Writer/director/executive producer Harry Shearer brings us this wacky send-up of power and class. He's brought together quite a cast for this self-financed film. Among the many notables in this movie are Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Henry Gibson, and Howard Hesseman.

This film is based on the exclusive men's retreat Bohemian Grove, where people like Richard Nixon, William F. Buckley, and Henry Kissinger have been known to let loose. In this film, a group of extremely wealthy and powerful white men come together for a week to totally lose their inhibitions. The rest of the year, they are among the most powerful and influential people in the world.

There are always protests in front of this retreat, but this year they've grown stronger. They're allowing women to visit and tour the facility, but they must leave by sunset. As if this "invasion" wasn't enough, there is a traitor among them. Their code of secrecy has been breached and it may bring down this club and its members.

This has been a pet project for Shearer. He was looking for support and creative freedom for this project. His friend John Manulis founded Visionbox Pictures and gave him the chance. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for Teddy Bears' Picnic
Main Cast John Michael Higgins, Ming-Na, Henry Gibson
Supporting Cast David Rasche, Brenda Strong, Thom Sharp, Judith Owen, Gilbert J. Anderson, Julie Payne
Director Harry Shearer
Screenwriter Harry Shearer
Distributor Independent release
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.visionboxpictures.com/teddybearspicnic/
Rating R
Running Time 80 minutes
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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