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Bernie LaPlante is having a rough time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him, and has custody of their son. The cops are setting a trap for him, then to top it all, he loses a shoe while rescuing passengers of a plane crash. Being a thief who is down on his luck, he takes advantage of the rescue, but then someone else claims credit for it. Written by
The idea for the film was born when producer Laura Ziskin and Alvin Sargent, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter who co-wrote the story for this film, were watching the 1988 presidential primaries. They became intrigued by television's power to instantly create identity and reputation with a single act or image. When Ziskin later saw TV news reports of a plane crash in which people were rescued by "a man who came out of nowhere", she gave the scenario a comic spin: "What if a truly wonderful act were performed by a person who's actually pretty crummy . . . a lowlife . . . a criminal ... a Bernie LaPlante?". Director Stephen Frears added: "The press are treated as a fact of contemporary life - powerful, pervasive and often highly amusing in their feverish pursuit of a story". See more »
When Bernie and John are driving in stop and go traffic the car they are in doesn't move. All the cars around it inch up and move in reverse through the entire conversation. See more »
Dustin H is at his brilliant best. Listen carefully to his closing speech to his son(delivered with passion in the zoo). Words of wisdom about the state of the human zoo we live in. The movie has humour, pathos and some great lines. One of my favourites.
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