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16 November 1984 (USA) See more »
Mary Jean is just dying to get into the movies... She's about to get her wish. See more »
A director makes a movie based on a murder he committed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zoë Lund ... Andrea Wilcox / Elaine Bernstein (as Zoe Tamerlis)

Eric Bogosian ... Neville

Brad Rijn ... Keefe Waterman
Kevin O'Connor ... Det. Lt.Philip Delroy
Bill Oland ... Det. Vickers

H. Richard Greene ... Leon Gruskin (as Richard Greene)
Steven Pudenz ... Wiesanthal
Heidi Bassett ... Neville's Asst. Director
John Woehrle ... Studio Executive (as John Woerhle)
Kitty Summerall ... Andrea's Roommate
Kris Evans ... Cosmetician
Mike Alpert ... Taxi Driver

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... executive producer
Paul Kurta .... producer
Barry Shils .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Minard 
Cinematography by
Paul Glickman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz 
Production Design by
Teri Kane 
Art Direction by
Marleen Marta 
Costume Design by
Joanne Malkanthene 
Makeup Department
Kris Evans .... additional makeup artist
H. Richard Greene .... hair stylist (as Richard Greene)
H. Richard Greene .... makeup artist (as Richard Greene)
Production Management
Paul Kurta .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... assistant director
Art Department
George Stoll .... props and set designer
Sound Department
Wendy Caplin .... sound effects editor
Stuart Deutsch .... boom (as Stu Deutsch)
Edmund Ferrell .... sound effects editor (as Ed Ferrell)
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Hughes Winborne .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... additional assistant camera
John Gabriel .... key grip
Robert Geraldini .... gaffer (as Robert Gheraldini)
Tom Paul Hoppe .... steadicam operator (as Tom Hoppe)
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera (as Fred Iannone)
Luke Langer .... second assistant camera
Michael J. Latino .... grip (as Mike Latino)
Robert Levi .... second camera operator
Barry Markowitz .... steadicam assistant
Joel Markowitz .... steadicam operator
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician (as Mike Papadopolous)
David Skutch .... best boy
Kwong-Chi Tseng .... still photographer (as Tseng Kwong-Chi)
Jeff Victor .... steadicam assistant
Barbara Zitwer .... still photographer (as Barbra Zitwer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Schulman .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
John Guidone .... negative matching
Rosanne Lebowitz .... assistant editor (as Rozanna Lebowitz)
Location Management
Barbara Zitwer .... location coordinator (as Barbra Zitwer)
Music Department
Armond Lebowitz .... music editor
Michael Minard .... music producer
Transportation Department
Brad Small .... transportation
Other crew
Bruce Bernstein .... production assistant
Ian Clark .... titles
Oren Clayburgh .... production assistant
Melissa Cohen .... production assistant
Matthew Corey .... production assistant (as Mathew Corey)
Paul Goldberg .... production assistant
Harry Killas .... key production assistant
Jeff Magnin .... production office coordinator
Lynda Moss .... key production assistant
Tom Paolucci .... production assistant (as Tom Palucci)
Bethe Rosenberg .... production office coordinator
Jenny Skoble .... script supervisor
Robert Longo .... grateful acknowledgment
Lowell Nesbitt .... grateful acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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106 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

One of the head shots Neville and Detective Delroy look through is Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in TootsieSee more »
Continuity: Andreas hair changes from wavy to curly in each sceneSee more »
Reporter:What is your greatest influence?
Neville:Abraham Zapruder.
Neville:Honest Abe never lies.
Reporter:How do you spell that?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Let's DanceSee more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bogosian rules., 22 August 2000
Author: mrseldomseen ( from New York, NY

After making a disastrous, special-effects laden film, a movie director decides to make a low budget biography of a murdered actress. To make her murder look as real as possible the director murders the actress himself. Could have been a very good film about snuff films, but the film's direction is a letdown. Zoe (Ms. 45) Lund (in a dual role) and particularly Eric Bogosian are very good in their respective roles of the murdered actress and the actress playing her, and the Cecil B. Demented director. Brian DePalma would have had a field day with this film.

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