California Typewriter

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California Typewriter
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Film poster
Directed by Doug Nichol
Produced by
Starring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough
Cinematography Doug Nichol
Edited by Doug Nichol
Distributed by Gravitas Ventures
Release date
  • September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) (Telluride Film Festival)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

California Typewriter is a 2016 documentary film directed by Doug Nichol, documenting the history, usage and repair and future of typewriters in the United States. It features several celebrities including Tom Hanks and John Mayer.


The following people appeared in California Typewriter:


The film was critically acclaimed. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100%, based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "California Typewriter is an affectionate, nostalgic love letter to the typed word from enthusiasts and experts alike."[1] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote, "a playful piece of Luddite fetishism, in thrall to the fuddy-duddy designer chic of old typewriters, most of them manual. It's sort of like a documentary about people obsessed with custom cars...."[3]


  1. ^ "California Typewriter (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ "California Typewriter Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  3. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (August 17, 2017). "Film Review: 'California Typewriter'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 

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