A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions. Written by
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The film was originally pitched to Warner Bros., but studio production chief David Geffen (one of Dreamworks' founders) ditched the idea for another film. After Geffen was fired the project ended up at the hands of Barry Diller, who gave the go-ahead for the project. It was Warren Beatty's associate, Richard Sylbert (also a studio exec), who recommended pitching the project to Paramount. Beatty would later use the film's commercial and critical success as the leverage for financing his next film, Reds (1981). See more »
In Farnsworth's study while Betty Logan is talking to Tony Abbott, she folds her petition and places it in her briefcase. A few moments later when the camera returns to her, she is holding the petition in front of her. Then, towards the end of the scene, the petition is no longer in her hands (we suppose back in her briefcase). See more »
I too was surprised that this film received a not-much-better than average rating. I am not a huge fan of Beatty, but I think he plays his role in this movie perfectly, running rampant through the lives of his unfaithful wife and private secretary (Charles Grodin couldn't be better), and his former coach. Joe Pendleton is so sweet and earnest that he deserve a happy, fairy-tale ending. I don't think the script ever descends into sappiness and there is a fine ensemble cast. I laugh out loud still, even though I have seen the movie several times, and I still get a bit teary-eyed at the end. This film deserves better!
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