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A feature-length documentary about Dick Miller, the greatest actor you've never known.

That Guy Dick Milleris the first-ever, comprehensive look at the life and career of Hollywood's most famous character actor, Dick Miller (Gremlins, Terminator, Bucket of Blood and hundreds more). In a career that has lasted over 50 years, we chart Dick's story growing up in The Bronx, his aspirations to be a writer and the quirk of fate that found him in front of the camera for pioneering independent filmmaker, Roger Corman.

As a staple of Corman's stock company throughout the 1950s and 60s, Dick appeared in dozens of films and television episodes. Some roles were big, others were small - but each had that magic touch of Dick Miller's unmistakable presence.

When Corman formed New World Pictures in 1970 and stepped away from the director's chair to spearhead his new distribution company, Dick found his career in feature-films slow down, only to be resurrected by an unlikely group of young filmmakers from Corman's new company. This East Coast quartet of film school misfits, comprising of Joe Dante, Allan Arkush, Jon Davison and Jonathan Kaplan all arrived at the doors of New World with an encyclopedic knowledge of their bosses films. And when it came time to make their own movies for Corman, they eagerly cast Dick Miller in a variety of memorable performances, christening the second phase of his career.

With such New World films as Piranha, Rock 'N' Roll High School, Night Call Nurses, Fly Me and many more, Dick Miller became one of the most recognizable faces of 70s drive-in theater screens. And as the careers of these four filmmakers moved further and further into the mainstream, their love and loyalty to Dick continued as they repeatedly cast their good luck charm in supporting roles, garnering him greater exposure and maintaining his status as a leading That Guy.

A cornerstone of our documentary will detail the friendship with Dick and Joe Dante. With his appearances in The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Innerspace, Matinee, Gremlins 1 & 2, The 'Burbs and more, we'll learn more about these films through Dick, Joe and a who's who of co-stars and collaborators. And during the final act of the film, we follow the third phase of Dick’s career that saw him working for some of the biggest names in the industry including Sam Fuller, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Gale Anne Hurd, Joel Silver, Robert Zemekis, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. 

Now semi-retired and living in Los Angeles, Dick Miller has agreed to take part in a career retrospect to share his personal and proferssional life stories. We're keeping our proposed budget for this project low and (hopefully) achievable.  If we are able to beat our goal, all of the money raised will go directly to the finishing funds as we plan to expand the documentary into a feature-length film. And most importantly, Dick and his wife Lainie will retain ownership of the finished product. 

This funny, fast-paced and nostalgic look at Hollywood's most successful character actor will include original interviews, highlighted by hundreds of film and television clips alongside Dick's personal photos and 8mm home movies. We are planning to shoot 30 to 40 more interviews with more of Dick's co-stars, directors, producers, fans, film historians, family members and friends to help tell his amazing story. 

As our fundraiser continues, we will be adding more of Dick's personal scripts to help raise funds for the project, so be sure and check back often over the course of our 30-day campaign!

For international backers, please add $5 for incentives ranging between $10 and $30. For incentives $50 and up, please add $10.

Please note that the $20 AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE pledge is exclusive to the $20 pledge level only. The "All of the above" could not be deleted from our pledge levels of $5, $10 and $30. Sorry for the confusion.

If you are lucky enough to get one of Dick's scripts and you want the button/t-shirt/autographed BUCKET OF BLOOD photo and/or DVD combos, just add the total Pledge Level you want to your grand total. Remember that the DVD is a limited edition, so only the first 100 backers at the $75 level will get it.

If you have any other questions, you can always contact me directly.

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    CARICATURE POSTCARD. The great Charlie Largent created this original piece of art depicting Dick as Murray Futterman from GREMLINS. You will get this PLUS a TGDM button and "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film. *We will also be adding this postcard to all pledge levels $15 and up!

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    THE GIFT OF THE MOGWAI. Original read-along-story book and record sold by Hardees during the release of GREMLINS. Signed by Dick Miller and Joe Dante. Great condition! Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits.

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    GIZMO AND THE GREMLINS. Original read-along-story book and record sold by Hardees during the release of GREMLINS. Signed by Dick Miller and Joe Dante. Great condition! Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits.

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    ESCAPE FROM THE GREMLINS. Original read-along-story book and record sold by Hardees during the release of GREMLINS. Signed by Dick Miller and Joe Dante. Great condition! Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits.

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    THE LAST GREMLIN. Original read-along-story book and record sold by Hardees during the release of GREMLINS. Signed by Dick Miller and Joe Dante. Great condition! Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits.

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    GREMLINS TRAPPED. Original read-along-story book and record sold by Hardees during the release of GREMLINS. Signed by Dick Miller and Joe Dante. Great condition! Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits.

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    EXPLORERS CD Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith signed by Joe Dante and Dick Miller plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    PIRANHA DVD signed by Joe Dante and Dick Miller. Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Original DEMON KNIGHT home-video release poster signed by Dick Miller! PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Original pressbook for PIRANHA signed by Joe Dante and Dick Miller! PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Original pressbook for THE HOWLING signed by Joe Dante and Dick Miller! PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Everything in the WALTER PAISLEY pledge level PLUS a rare LP soundtrack to Roger Corman's THE TRIP autographed by Dick himself! Our man Miller plays a bartender at the beginning of the film in a scene with Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern. This is a near mint condition original pressing from 1987 (yes, 1987) on the Edsel Records label.

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    HALF-A-MILLER SIX PACK! Grab these cool ones to go: Shout! Factory Presents 3 DVDs from their Roger Corman Cult Classics Collection, each cover signed by Dick Miller! PIRANHA, THE NURSES COLLECTION (with special features produced by TGDM director Elijah Drenner) and THE SCI-FI COLLECTION (which includes NOT OF THIS EARTH) This is one helluva deal

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    MOSTER JOE pledge level: All of the above, plus a LIMITED EDITION of the finished film on DVD. *This will be personally designed and manufactured at our own cost. Obviously, we hope that this film will find a wide reaching audience through a bigger company that we can license it to when we're done. But in the mean time, we will offer this limited edition DVD for select backers.

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    Original theatrical one-sheet poster for EXPLORERS signed by Joe Dante and Dick Miller! PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    THE WAY THEY WERE. Here's a great combo-pack of photos for fans. Two NEVER BEFORE available photos of Dick and his wife, Lainie Miller - personally signed by both of them. We all know about Dick, but did you know that Lainie headlined at Minsky's in Las Vegas? This was subsequent to her famous scene with Katherine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in THE GRADUATE. Lainie has NEVER signed photos before, but she's offering them to 100 lucky backers. Dick will also be signing a headshot taken during the filming of ROCK ALL NIGHT as part of the set.

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    BURSON FOUCH pledge level: A limited edition poster (seen to the left) of Dick Miller, signed and numbered by Dick himself PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for TV's THE FLASH, DEADLY NIGHTSHADE (Season 1, episode #15) autographed by Dick himself! Dick played Fosnight, a memorable re-occuing character on this cult series that lasted one season from 1990 to 1991. (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE SECOND CIVIL WAR, autographed by Dick and JOE DANTE! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for DARKTOWN STRUTTERS autographed by Dick himself! Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original script pages for his scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger for THE TERMINATOR, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note that Dick was ONLY given the pages for this scene and he does not have the entire script. These are his original pages and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    A lobby card for X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES, autographed by ROGER CORMAN and Dick himself! This is an original, slightly warn, but charming AIP lobby card in the traditional style. There is some slight damage on the middle right side of the piece, but nothing terrible. Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    An original prop from the TV series FAME. Featuring a caricature of Dick in a chicken costume, this was featured in an episode of the popular TV show in the 80s. Dick will autograph this one-of-a-kind 6 x 9 cardboard cut out.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE PREMATURE BURIAL, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE DEVIL'S ANGELS, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for WHITE LINE FEVER, autographed by director JONATHAN KAPLAN and Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script CAPONE, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for SORORITY GIRL, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for VIKING WOMEN (aka VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT), autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for BIG BAD MAMA, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Super rare German lobby card for A BUCKET OF BLOOD, signed by Dick Miller! This one features Dick standing next to his famous DEADT CAT sculpture.

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    Super rare German lobby card for A BUCKET OF BLOOD, signed by Dick Miller! This one features Dick working on his DEAD MAN sculpture. Plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an a "Special Thanks at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE 'BURBS, autographed by Dick and JOE DANTE! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting scripts for STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9, PAST TENSE: PARTS I & II (Season 3, Episodes 11 &12), autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an a "Special Thanks on the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (aka THE PASSIONATE PEOPLE EATER), autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, autographed by Dick himself! This script features the film's original title of THE CREEPS. (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for TRUCK TURNER, autographed by director JONATHAN KAPLAN and Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for THE HOWLING, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script THE ST. VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for ROCK ALL NIGHT, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" at the end of the film.

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    #3 Set of 4 rare German GREMLINS lobby cards, plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script WAR OF THE SATELLITES, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for PULP FICTION, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: DEMON KNIGHT, autographed by Dick himself! (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items. * This script also includes a letter from Producer Gil Adler welcoming Dick to the productions as well as various call sheets from the production) PLUS an Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film.

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    Dick Miller's original shooting script for ROCK N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, autographed by Dick himself! This item came delivered to Dick with his name on the cover with the role already granted to him. The inside cover features some notes about the crew, handwritten by Dick during filming. (Please note: These are Dick's original scripts and come directly from his personal collection. Age and other slight conditions of the scripts vary but are all equally rare and one-of-a-kind collector's items) PLUS an Associate Producer Credit at the end of the film.

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    #2 Set of 8 rare German GREMLINS lobby cards, plus a "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

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    A Date With Dick! Join Dick Miller, his wife Lainie and documentary director Elijah Drenner for dinner on us in Dick's home. Limit to one backer and his or her guest. Backer receives this plus "That Guy Dick Miller" button, t-shirt and autographed photo from A BUCKET OF BLOOD and Associate Producer Credit on the final film. This evening will also be filmed and fully edited as a documentary short to be included as an extra on the DVD of the film and/or placed online. Must provide their own transportation and be willing to participate in the short documentary.

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    A Date With Dick! Join Dick Miller, his wife Lainie and documentary director Elijah Drenner for dinner on us in Dick's home. Limit to one backer and his or her guest. Backer receives this plus "That Guy Dick Miller" button, t-shirt and autographed photo from A BUCKET OF BLOOD and Associate Producer Credit on the final film. This evening will also be filmed and fully edited as a documentary short to be included as an extra on the DVD of the film and/or placed online. Must provide their own transportation and be willing to participate in the short documentary.

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