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.
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.
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 at Warner Bros, but then 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 the pitching at Paramount. Beatty would later use the film's commercial and critical success as the leverage for financing his next film, Reds. See more »
When Max carries in Joe's birthday cake, the candle is lit, but the flame slowly goes out. In the next shot, the candle is lit again. See more »
You be the trainer and I'll start on Sunday.
I'm starting against Dallas? What about Jarrett?
They don't want to go with Jarrett. They want to go with you. Happy Birthday, Joe!
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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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