Sunday, April 09, 2006

'Bumfights' producers throw in the towel


The makers of the cult favorite "Bumfights" videos have agreed not to make any more of the videos and will pay damages to three men who said they were plied with alcohol and drugs to get them to perform dangerous and degrading stunts.

The filmmakers agreed to those terms to settle a lawsuit by Rufus Hannah, Donald Brennan and Peter LaForte, who are featured in the videos.

"The moral of the story is don't take advantage of handicapped, disabled or homeless people," said Santa Monica attorney Mark T. Quigley, who represented the three. "It's the wrong thing to do."

The settlement may make it more difficult for fans of cruelty-tinged humor to find the videos. But pirated versions of the three videos — "Bumfights: Cause for Concern," "Bumfights 2" and "Bumfights 3: The Felony Footage" — are readily available on the Internet and at stores. Those versions are not affected by the settlement. (No, I'm not giving you a link!)

The financial settlement is confidential but apparently involves more than $300,000, with some of the money coming from an insurance policy carried by the family of one of the filmmakers.

Read the Los Angeles Times story here.

5 Comments:

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Bob said...

While I think the makers of these films are terrible people, anyone who actually purchased the film is even worse.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

I hafta confess that I bought one ... but it was to show to students in the homeless clinic at FAMU.

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:18 PM, Anonymous rufus said...

its a great movie and i cried with laughter, make more of them please

 
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