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A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Jittlov ...
Richard Kaye ...
Paige Moore ...
Deven Chierighino ...
Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Brodie ...
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Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
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Frank LaLoggia ...
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Lynda Aldon ...
Baron ...
Arnetia Walker ...
Ben Kronen ...
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All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magic Movie  »

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$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film--in its finished form--was inspired by Mike Jittlov's real-world problems and experiences. See more »

Goofs

An early establishing shot shows the Hollywood landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater with Star Wars (1977) splashed across the marquee. However, a later scene shows the film The Right Stuff (1983) is actually showing. This goof is not visible in the widescreen version. See more »

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[Mike tries to join the Animators' Union:]
Animators' Union Clerk: (*gul-yuk-hoohoo!*) So, uh, what's your animation classification, huh?
Mike: Well, a lot of everything. Cartoon, kinestasis, rotoscoping, stop-motion...
Animators' Union Clerk: WOAH! Well, cartoon animation alone is twenty-one hundred dollars, plus a fifty dollar entry fee, and a hundred dollar quarterly dues.
Mike: Well, what about filming animation?
Animators' Union Clerk: (*ubbidy-ub*) Well then ya go to the Camera Union.
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The copyright notice explains that the movie is protected by the laws of the United States and other countries, and that unauthorized distribution, copying, etc would be unlawful. It then states: "And violators may be forced to see this movie day and night unto perpetuity." Then that: "The same above penalty shall apply to any transgressions against the creators of this movie." Finally: "And, have a nice day." See more »

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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Lyrics by The Riot Act
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A rare gem of a movie.
21 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in 1989 with some friends of mine, we were in the habit of going to the video store and TRYING to find a movie none of us had seen. One trip brought us this rare gem. We watched it and were thoroughly amused by this story of Mike Jittlov vs. Hollywood. The stop-motion effects were simply amazing, executed with skill that would make ILM green with envy. The story was funny in a poking-fun-at-Hollywood-and-ourselves kind of way. NOTE: Our rental copy included the movies own hilarious trailer, this trailer does not seem to be included in copies available today (5 YEARS in the making! 5 DAYS in the theaters! ect). Watch it, love it, share it with your friends.


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