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An ambitious TV soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

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Celeste Talbert / Maggie
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Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan
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Lori Craven / Angelique
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Ariel Maloney / Dr. Monica Demonico
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Blair Brennan / Bolt
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Fran
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Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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All that glitter... All that glamour... All that dirt. See more »

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31 May 1991 (USA)  »

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Babka z zakalcem  »

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$36,489,888 (USA)
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Rose Schwartz (Whoopi Goldberg) reacts to Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) saying, "I too have an oath....a nurse's oath" with scorn as though it's completely ridiculous, but nurses do frequently take an oath called the Nightingale Pledge. It's modeled after the Hippocratic Oath sometimes taken by doctors, although neither are required. See more »

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A poster in Kevin Kline's dressing room lists him as playing "Willie Loman." The name should be spelled "Willy." The production wasn't that polished to begin with, so it wouldn't be surprising if no one proofread the poster. See more »

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Rose Schwartz: I'm looking at crawdad butts, cover 'em up!
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Early in the opening credits we see the words "a hamon cheimafflo film". The letters of the two middle words then rearrange themselves, one "o" slipping off the side of the screen, to form the name of director Michael Hoffman. See more »

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Spoofs The Sun Also Rises (1957) See more »

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El sol también se pone
Written by Ludar Felsenstein
Performed by Ludar Felsenstein (as Ludar)
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I loved this movie!!!!
28 September 2002 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

From the opening credits to and through the final credits ballroom cast celebration, this movie had me laughing and applauding the nonsense and hysterical plot. What a cast of stellar performers in certainly an ensemble approach to this flick. For they all seemed to have fun along the way and shared in the carrying out of a deliciously funny film. With Sally Field [who can do no wrong] Kevin Kline [a master of a line and expression] Robert Downey Jr. [brilliant and who can forget the other side of the coin and his performance as Charlie Chaplin] and Whoopi Goldberg [her one liners are a treasure "I'll say amen"] But let us not forget the supporting cast who stand out on their own, not to be overshadowed by the stars. Cathy Moriarty [very imposing and having a surprise for us all later in the plot working flawlessly along side of Downey] Elisabeth Shue [who can bring honesty along with humor in her performance] Paul Johansson [gorgeous hunk playing the soap hero bringing some very funny moments on his own] the delightful Kathy Najimy [who steals every scene she's in as the costumer who keeps dragging smokes throughout the film] Carrie Fisher [small role of casting agent on the lust for Rob Camilletti, an actor auditioning for a one liner as waiter] and the delectable Terri Hatcher as one of the stars of the soap who spends most of her time pushing up her breasts for the camera and for off camera. Put all of these terrific performers in one film and you have terrific comedy and a fast paced film. Hats off to you all. I have the VHS and never tire from watching this little treasure.


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