Rubin and Ed

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Rubin and Ed
Directed by Trent Harris
Produced by Paul Webster
Written by Trent Harris
Music by Fred Myrow
Edited by Brent A. Schoenfeld
Distributed by IRS Media (1992) (U.S.)
Release dates
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
82 minutes
Language English
Box office $15,675[1]

Rubin and Ed is an American independent comedy-buddy film written and directed by Trent Harris and released in 1991. It is about an eccentric, unsociable young man who is forced by his mother to make some friends before she'll return his stereo to him. He is joined on a trip through a desert by a pyramid scheme salesman, to assist in finding a location to bury a frozen cat.

Crispin Glover appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1987 in-character as Rubin Farr. This caused much confusion to David Letterman as he, after almost being kicked in the face by Glover, walked off his own set while still on the air. It has never been confirmed by Glover whether or not this was a performance.


Rubin and Ed was filmed in Utah in Salt Lake City, Hanksville, and Goblin Valley State Park.


Actor Role
Howard Hesseman Ed Tuttle
Crispin Glover Rubin Farr
Karen Black Rula
Michael Greene Mr. Busta
Brittney Lewis Poster Girl
Anna Louise Daniels Rubin's Mom
Ray Gordon Barking Man
Dorene Nielsen Ed's Mom
Frank Magner Bob
Aaron Tranberg Desk Sergeant
Patrick Michael Collins Lacky
Jonathan Chapin Brat
Jane Mendenhall Woman By Pool
James Nielsen Ed's Dad
Diane St. Cyr Bonnie
Michael Scott Jimbo


  1. ^ "Rubin & Ed (1992) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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