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Purple Toast was his first movie. Budget: $40,000. Very, very strange music. Very strange movie. Hard to watch because it's disjointed, badly acted, clumsily directed and edited. And then there is the music.
Callum's character is Tom Struck, psychic PI.



The IMDB page: Purple Toast (1993)
According to IMDB the only movie Brent Spiess (director and writer) ever finished. Only credited actor is CKR. No plot synopsis, no message board topics, no links, quotes, release dates, anything.

Year: 1993 (according to the end credits 1992)

Runtime: 105 min

Country: Canada

IMDB rating: none, not enough votes (which means less than 5 people bothered to vote)



From the now defunct Purple Toast website:

Purple Toast

Starring Callum Keith Rennie and Karen Twa

with music by Huevos Rancheros, Enemy Mind Feel, Forbidden Dimension, and Harmonic Destruction,

(c) 1993 Jagged Edge Productions Ltd.



From the end credits:
Callum Rennie
Karen Twa
David Pearson
Brenda Terning
Ross Campbell
Laura Brenner
I.Aeonie Ferguson
Richard Auten
Ruth Hassett
Julianna Barclay
Tom Struck
Neva Tominsky
Panaki
Ramona
Robert Mulwray
Barbara Bodine
Korry
Miro
Ingrid
Ginna
Michael Charrois
Denise Delong
Keith Thome
Helen Folkmann
Patrick Higgings
Judy Sawchuk
Mark Anderako
Kelly Knightingale
Murray Bannerman
Kelly Simpson
Raincoat
Anka
Gas Attendant
Porio
Spin
Rhonda
Drummer
Luna
1st Bad Guy
2nd Bad Guy

Additional dialogue
Callum Rennie
Karen Twa
Denise Delong
Tom Struck
Neva Tominsky
Anka



Callum Quotient: ~ 100 %



Pictures:









And a gif:


(Gunpornbasically by Mirylla)



Quotes:
  • Tom: Ja, ja, Fräulein.

  • Bodine's assistant: What kind of Detective are you anyway?

  • Luna (? - random crazy person, standing in the middle of field and playing some kind of drum): You'll start looking behind your eyes instead of in front your eyes, you'll see her.

  • Tom: I had a dream in the night. That I was this... fish. And it was nighttime in the ocean.

  • Tom: What are you doing? I don't want my picture taken.
    Neva: Why?
    Tom: This isn't happening right now.

  • Gas Attendant: You look like you come from some kind of weird dream.

  • Ginna: Are you hungry?
    Tom: Hm? Yeah. No. Yeah. Maybe just a little... somthing.
    Ginna: Toast?
    Tom: Hm. Hm. Yeah. Toast.
    Ginna: How do you want it?
    Tom: Purple.




Trivia:

  • CKRs first movie

  • He was still drinking at that time.

  • It's easy to see that he has a (badly fitting) fake tooth.

  • No tattoo yet.

  • The film was being made available by Brent Spiess especially for CKR fans (see articles)




Interesting scenes:

  • Gun porn (really), near the end.

  • Writhing on the ground half-naked (really!)

  • Some additional scenes during the end credits, bloopers, actors being silly, stuff like that





Do I want to show this to my parents/friends/co-workers?
Poll #1137230 Purple Toast

Overall rating

excellent
0(0.0%)
quite good, really
0(0.0%)
not so bad, actually
4(26.7%)
um, bad
7(46.7%)
/o\
2(13.3%)

Violence

Huh?
4(26.7%)
Maybe a little?
6(40.0%)
Indeed, just as I like it.
1(6.7%)
A bit more than strictly necessary, me thinks.
1(6.7%)
/o\
1(6.7%)

Humor

Yes! It's so much fun!
1(6.7%)
Yeah, it's quite funny. Mostly.
1(6.7%)
Sometimes? A bit?
3(20.0%)
Huh?
4(26.7%)
/o\ (I guess they thought it was funny?)
4(26.7%)

Sexual content

INDEED. *beams*
2(13.3%)
Yes yes. I mean, yes.
0(0.0%)
Hm. The usual? I guess? Isn't there always sexual content with Callum?
6(40.0%)
Not. Enough.
5(33.3%)
Not even a little bit. *sigh*
0(0.0%)

Sexual violence

No, nothing.
2(14.3%)
No. Well, maybe, just a little bit. With imagination. It's implied, I guess.
3(21.4%)
Yeah, I guess the gun porn counts.
5(35.7%)
Yes. Indeed.
1(7.1%)
Is there anything else in this movie?
1(7.1%)



So, Tom Struck? What's he like?
Poll #1137231 Tom Struck

Character

He's the hero! <3
3(23.1%)
He's a good guy!
1(7.7%)
He's... well. Sympathetic. Yes.
2(15.4%)
Um. He's a bit... *sigh* he's... acceptable? I guess?
1(7.7%)
/o\
2(15.4%)

Okay, how many people does he kill?

No one! At all!
8(66.7%)
Only one! Or, uh, two maybe. But maybe it wasn't him?
1(8.3%)
Um. I guess about five? Could be less though!
0(0.0%)
Do you really want to know? Okay... oh, you mean on-screen only? Ten?
1(8.3%)
/o\
2(16.7%)

So how crazy is he really?

Crazy? Callum?
3(21.4%)
He isn't! A bit weird maybe! But aren't we all?
2(14.3%)
Um. He's not, like, well-adjusted or so...
4(28.6%)
*cough*delusionalandviolent*cough* But he means well, really. I think.
1(7.1%)
/o\
0(0.0%)

I am so surprised, yeah. But is he hot? Hm?

OMGYES!!!!11!!
4(28.6%)
Oh yes, of course he's hot. Tsk.
2(14.3%)
Well. Maybe not, like, the hottest ever, but, yeah.
0(0.0%)
Aww, he's cute.
4(28.6%)
Um. No.
0(0.0%)

Queer? I mean, how queer?

Ha ha, you're too cute. Of COURSE he's queer.
3(21.4%)
Well, I have seen queerer. Once or twice.
1(7.1%)
Yeah, well, you know, quite queer. Definitely bent.
1(7.1%)
I really couldn't tell. Honest.
7(50.0%)
Nope. Not even a little bit. Yes, I am sure.
0(0.0%)




Does he die?
You really want to know? Are you sure? Okay then. (highlight to read)

::Yup, at the end of the movie. I think. I am really not sure, okay? It's a weird film.::



Articles/interviews

This first feature film by Brent Spiess, follows a rugged and unorthodox detective in his search for a missing woman named Ramona. This search brings him face to face with mystical and disturbing characters who seem like signposts on a profound journey that will change his life. Vision, memory and dreams drag him through the depths of his soul as he valiantly comes face to face with the forces of darkness. This is a post-modern detective yarn with no conventional beginning, middle or end and was made for a meager $40,000. Callum Keith Rennie transforms the central character of Tom Struck into a prairie grunge Sam Spade who oozes with sexy hipness never before seen on the big screen nor the small screen. This is a unique film full of Callum Keith Rennie, stunning cinematography and outlaw punk music. You can’t miss it.

Taken from the now defunct Purple Toast website. Thank you to neu111 for the heads up!



The feature-length film "PURPLE TOAST" is now commercially available for purchase in NTSC video format at www.purpletoast.com.

Shot in 16mm in the Edmonton and Badlands areas of Alberta, Canada, and its running time is 97 minutes. It is a nonlinear, esoteric detective story in which the unconventional detective (Rennie) sets out to find a missing young woman and instead finds himself on a vision quest. It is a Jagged Edge Productions film.

This is the earliest available film look at the raw young Callum who is on the screen almost continuously for the entire length of the film. It is also the earliest known film appearance by the talented Karen Twa (now professionally known as Kate Twa).

A poster was created for the film by Renata Liwska for the premiere screening in Calgary. It is available for purchase through the website. There are no photographs on it. It is a modern art piece of Callum's profile (in sunglasses and cowboy hat) with the Badlands in the background and an esoteric eye above. The major film credits are listed.

This film is being made available after producer/director/writer Brent Spiess heeded the pleas of some Rennie fans. Please bear in mind that Jagged Edge Productions is not a large corporation with deep pockets but two men who have dug into their own pockets to make a film available to fans that otherwise would never have been seen.


Taken from The Callum Keith Rennie Experience website. Thank you to neu111 for the link.



Purple Toast



Calgary Herald, 22 July 1993
Search for vision: Calgary film-maker takes a $40,000 journey that is distinctly non-Hollywood.

Purple Toast, the first feature film by Calgary's Brent Spiess, follows an Edmonton detective in his search for a missing woman, but it's no private- eye thriller.

"It's a film-maker's journey in search of his own voice or vision, that's true to the society he lives in," says Spiess, who made the picture on a rock-bottom budget of $40,000.

Featuring assertive soundtrack music by Calgary bands Enemy Mind Feel, Huevos Rancheros, Forbidden Dimension and Harmonic Destruction and with a cast of young, mostly Edmonton-based actors, Purple Toast is a conscious effort at truly indigenous Alberta cinema.

"For me, Purple Toast was a way of expressing some deeply held beliefs about art, society and provocative film-making," Spiess said.

"It's an auteur-driven film, and it goes beyond the literalness and superficiality of market-driven films."

The lead character Tom Struck (pronounced Strook), played by Callum Rennie, may be a detective but, more to the point, he's a man who - as the film's press notes have it - is "in search of something, he doesn't know what, until one day a beautiful woman walks into his psyche."

Struck's search takes him on a journey that leads to encounters with many strange characters. Purple Toast is a road movie, but it contains no conventional story with a beginning, middle and end.

Spiess, who edited the film himself, followed what he terms a "non-linear" premise because, in his view, our sense of reality - build on dreams, memories and visions - does not follow any kind of line, straight or curved.

"We consciously tried to be unsophisticated," he said.

"Something needed to be presented to jar people back to a different sensibility. The ultimate feeling we want to leave you with is that something has happened to you - something spiritual. We wanted to touch the audience on a different level."

Spiess, who was born in Hinton, studied anthropology at York University and followed up with Canadian studies at the University of Alberta before enrolling in the film program at SAIT.

Since then, he has directed corporate and music videos and short documentaries on native people in Alberta and cable TV in Canada, but Purple Toast - made possible by a Canada Council grant - represents his first "total involvement" in film-making.

The pictures that have most inspired him are Wim Wenders' 1987 Wings of Desire and Toronto film-maker Bruce McDonald's 1989 "rock'n'road movie" Roadkill, which proved to Spiess that it was possible to make a really inventive English-Canadian film.

"Quebec film-makers have been able to make more indigenous films and have been more successful with them," he said. "We've been more conservative, and after the 1940s, much of Western Canadian culture was lost."

Spiess is currently negotiating with the CBC to show Purple Toast in the Cinema Canada slot and has been talking with distributors in Britain, Europe and Japan.

"Purple Toast would appeal to Europeans because it's so Western Canadian," he said.

In the meantime, he has just finished writing a feature screenplay called Sweetgrass about a writer who meets a rootless European woman in a small Alberta town.

"It's a love story that has an existential feel to it," he said.


Found here.





Apparently the car in the picture is a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 200 [W110].



And the one in this picture a 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Both found at imcdb.org, the internet movie cars database, here.



And, better than anything else I found about that movie, here's what dayse has to say about it a while ago:
...but basically what I took away from it was this was The Great Adventures of Tom Struck, the Psychic Detective.

So Tom is hired by that lady to find that chick that went missing. He's obviously some kind of private detective because he doesn't show a badge or credentials at any point throughout the movie, and she gives him information regarding the girl that's missing in an informal sort of capacity. So, why hire Tom? She's heard about him in some way or another, and he's good at what he does. Probably tapping into The Force. More specifically, he's psychic and can tell where Ramona has been, who's she's talked to, and what she's experienced. To a certain degree, he can also tell what's coming in the future.

The rest of the movie involves Tom essentially going through what Ramona went through, doing what she did last, and talking to the people she met last. Tom's 'connection' to Ramona comes from knowing about where she's been and then physically going to do these places himself and reinacting what she's done. The people he encounters on this journey, although not consciously (I doubt), recognize to an extent his connection to her because they treat him with a certain amount of familiarity.

Tom's connection to Ramona can be seen not only in his knowing where's she's been - seemingly without investigation - and in his interaction with the other characters, but in certain things other characters say to him, too. The Kooky Lady in the Field tells him that he has to look behind his eyes, not in front of them, to find Ramona (thanks, Anna :D), indicating he has to look in HIMSELF to find out about her. You also see Tom drawing a picture on his girlfriend’s back that is later scene in the kitchen of the woman with the cat. There are also some points in the movie where he gets flashes of where to go next (and um, don’t remember specifically moments because yes xD).

Again, memory’s fuzzy here – but the scene with the tunnel implies running from someone, and rape (not TOM’S rape, but Ramona’s), and then Tom eventually dies probably the same way Ramona did. He is not able to save Ramona, Ramona’s dead, but his kinship with her leads to his own end. I also remember thinking Tom suspected he wouldn’t survive but felt compelled to continue anyway – but I can’t remember why.

There was a lot of other stuff, too, that I don’t remember. Especially when it comes to what the characters said and how they interacted, and um – a few scenes here or there because I’ll admit I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have (CKR is da pretty), but there you go. I could be completely wrong, but that’s what I took away from it.

The whole political underline there I don’t even want to get into because I remember shit all about it, but it was throughout the movie, too. Oh that crazy Purple Toast :D




Links

Inglewood Film and Art School (Brent Spiess)

And about the soundtrack:
Enemy Mind Feel (The song Gangrenous Testicles was used in the soundtrack)

The Bugs Robert Wood's bio: In the early 90's Rob worked with local film-makers (many working under the auspices of the Film And Video Arts society in Alberta) developing soundscapes that focused on "subliminal narrative formats" to enhance the visuals... "so anyway, a bunch of time passes and for reasons i don't remember i decide i'm gonna write music for films... so i call up every film, video, music place in Edmonton and ask if they need anything writing... they musta thought i was nuts... eventually i run into brent spiess, who's making a film and wants music... three years later it's finally done... "

There is an interesting post about the paintings in the film by neu111.

All the above links provided by neu111 who also noticed that "Callum maybe had more than one occasion to play with his co-star Karen (Kate) Twa. But probably they weren't the only ones to leave Edmonton for Vancouver and go from Edmonton's Fringe Theatre to Vancouver US-Canadian TV series at the same time."

There's Purple Toast picspam here.




That's all I have for now. Please let me know if you have anything to add. I will edit the post to include new information. If you posted something interesting about the movie in your LJ or in some other community, essays, picspams, transcripts, theories... link please?

ETA: Reposted because I fucked up the poll. /c\

Comments

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brooklinegirl
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't see this earlier! but YAY, this is awesome. and omg, I don't remember MUCH from this film - I think I blocked it out. I think it's...interesting to see Callum in his early work? But wow. Wow.

Also I LOVE the whited-out "does he die" question. SO NECESSARY for Callum!
brooklinegirl
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
also! Main bit of information I remember about this movie: doesn't he adjust his balls onscreen towards the end?
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china_shop
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
\c/
c_regalis
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
<3
buzzylittleb
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
This post is awesome. I need to see this movie.
c_regalis
Feb. 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
\c/ Thank you!

(And you will get your chance to see it. :))
roadrunner1896
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
This is really great and informative. I really like it. Thanks for putting this together.
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, as always! And thank yoooouuu!
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neu111
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to see it again! And after taking the poll - which was fun! - I clearly need to (I must be biased by too much CKR movies-viewing, choosing the "he killed someone" option and not identifying the gun porn with sexual violence, guh!). (whited out for possible spoilers)

And I just went to the IMDB to give it a vote (!)
I actually liked the movie from the start. Guess I'm weird. All the while thinking it was quite loony though.

I'm curious to know if you selected it because it's CKR's 1st movie or for other reasons..

c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: whited out spoilers? HEE!

And yay, another vote! \ckr/

(I have no idea why I choose to do this one first. It was not because it was his first movie, I know that much. I think I remembered some articles I that I could mention in the post? Plus, not many people have seen this one yet, not even many Callum fans.)
streetspirit18
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
So, Tom Struck? What's he like?

I think what you mean is, What's he on? And the answer would be "drugs". Quite a lot of them.
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah. I guess that could explain a lot.

Hi Streeeeeeeets!
j_s_cavalcante
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I didn't answer the first couple of questions on the Tom Struck poll, because, really, although I have seen this film, I haven't the faintest idea what answers to give. No idea. He runs around in the woods a lot with Agent Goodfellow? There's, like, voodoo stuff. Or, wait...was that the dS episode? Maybe both... :0 Nah, I do have this confused with another flick, don't I? Both had bad, bad music, right?

Edited at 2008-02-12 11:35 pm (UTC)
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
He runs around in the woods a lot with Agent Goodfellow? There's, like, voodoo stuff. Or, wait...was that the dS episode? Maybe both... :0 Nah, I do have this confused with another flick, don't I? Both had bad, bad music, right?

Hee! HEE! Yes, you totally confused it with Curtis' Charm. Which I actually liked quite a lot. (Although I made a few friends watch it and they told me that it is quite probably only good for Callum fans.) It's a B&W movie which he did a few years later. And, uh, music. I can't remember the one in Curtis' Charm, I think it was okay?
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nos4a2no9
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the write-up and other info! It does sound like a very wacky flick, and hey, it's hard to go wrong with bearded Callum. But...seriously, there's a midget?
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Um, yes, there is a midget. He is just in it for one scene and he isn't the most disturbing part. ...that doesn't help, huh?

And yeah, wacky. That's one way to describe it. Ahem.
woolly_socks
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Brilliant. This post gets the spoilerphobe seal of approval! and strangely makes me really want to see the film. *showers you with sparkles*
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wheee! Sparkles! *dances the sparkle dance*

And yay, spoilerphobe seal of approval! \c/
bluebelle789
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Awesome, and informative! YAY! Now I just need to decide if I really want to watch it or not... *looks at gun porn gif* Well, okay then. *is easily persuaded* ;)
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well, okay then.

Ha! You are SO EASY. Callum approves. *g*

And thank you!
vsee
Feb. 13th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
I know I've watched this movie, but there is a huge, empty hole in my brain. I am pretty sure on my copy it is completely impossible to hear a single word of dialogue. That's the least of my problems.

Great entry!
c_regalis
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
That's the least of my problems.

If you can still hear the music? Yeah. And well, yes, it's not like... there is much that your brain could remember. I am pretty sure it DOES have a plot and stuff, bum. Um.
lamentables
Feb. 14th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
You made me watch it.
I enjoyed it. I rather like films I can't understand. No seriously, I think we make a mistake getting all hung up on plot. /freak
c_regalis
Feb. 14th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
You made me watch it.

\c/

And you did? Huh. Like I said in the comments above, I am beginning to like it. But the first time I watched it? I was pretty much O.O. And I hated the music.
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vickitub
Aug. 13th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
Dose anyone know were I can get this film would love to see it.
ride_4ever
Apr. 2nd, 2017 07:38 am (UTC)
I keep trying to pimp fen into watching this with me at fancons so I will have someone with whom to discuss my headcanon for it. /o\
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