Inventive and wildly fun, NUTS! recounts the unbelievable true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a Kansas doctor who in 1917 discovered that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. From there, the story only gets more bizarre.
Mixing hand-drawn animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a very unreliable narrator, NUTS! traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth, and influence. Along the way, he transplants thousands of goat testicles, amasses an enormous fortune, is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas, invents junk mail and the infomercial, builds the world’s most powerful radio station, and generally annoys the heck out of the establishment.
Filmmaker Penny Lane (OUR NIXON) has skillfully borrowed a page from her subject – charming viewers into believing the unbelievable, building their trust and excitement, until the final chapter bares the painful truth and reveals the doctor for what he truly was. NUTS! reminds us that our love of (and need for) compelling narratives is exactly what makes us so endlessly susceptible to being conned.
“As illuminating as it is immensely entertaining.” –Rolling Stone
“A ridiculously enjoyable ode to old, weird America.” –The Guardian
“Consistently very entertaining.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Lane is the answer to [the] question: who’s the great documentarian of this generation?” The Verge
“Will surely cement [Lane’s] status as one of the most fascinating documentarians around.” –Paper Magazine
Caitlin Mae Burke
Chapter 1: Drew Christie, Dane Herforth
Chapter 2: Julia Veldman C
Chapter 3: Michael Pisano
Chapter 4: Krystal Downs
Chapter 5: Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., Llc
Chapter 6: Rose Stark
Epilogue: Hazel Lee Santino, Krystal Downs