A comedy about a screenwriter (Wuhl) whose old movie script is read by a producer (Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Aiello, DeNiro, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marvin Landisman
Jack Roth
Vasek Simek ...
Hans (as Vasek C. Simek)
Thomas R. Voth ...
Stuart Stratland Jr.
Mary Mercier ...
Shelby's Waitress
George Lieberhof
Carmine Rasso
Patricia Riley
Evan M. Wright
William Rotko ...
Valet (as Bill Rotko)
Dimitri Dimitrov ...
Maitre d'
Chuck Low ...


A comedy about a screenwriter (Wuhl) whose old movie script is read by a producer (Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Aiello, DeNiro, Wallach) has his own mistress that he wants put into the film. Gradually, the screenwriter is forced to make changes to his script to accommodate these backers until he finally sees no semblance of his original ideas in the writing. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The Director Had A Vision. The Producers All Had Girlfriends.


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Mistress  »

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$1,102,469 (USA)

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Barry Primus had been shopping his script around at different studios for several years before his good friend Robert De Niro agreed to back the film and take a co-starring role. See more »


When the car over heats and pulls to the side of the road, the right side of the car goes up on the road bank. When the men get out, the right side of the car is lower than the left, clearly down in a ditch. See more »


Stuart Stratland Jr.: Marvin, they're only making it to put their girlfriends in it!
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References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »


The kiss
Written by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado
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over looked gem
5 April 2002 | by (california) – See all my reviews

This movie is another over looked gem made awares recently to my consumerized multiplex movie taste. Robert DeNiro acted in this movie for free (according to IFC Channel's little factoid footnotes). It has a low budget feel to it. I dislike Robert "Arliss" Wuhl as an actor. Nontheless I found myself intrigued and enjoying Mistress.

The discussions about art, and how they are a reflection of real life: the question posed in My Dinner With Andre: Is the art a reflection of it's artist, or is the artist a reflection of his art ? The discussion and breaking down of some of the tedious aspects of screenwriting and what it means and how one goes about it in the movie industry. The compromises required in movie-making, and art in general, is an intriguing aspect to this movie, making it more than just a run of the mill "dish on Hollywood/Los Angeles" movie. Also, the comprises woman in the movies have to make, and blacks. I think this is a great movie for an aspiring (screen)writer/actor to watch by providing some of the clues to how one has to think or approach writing and also the realistic constraints that get applied by the way the industry is structured.

(BTW, I feel as if I am the only one to notice that this seems alot like Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway ((which was released 2 years after this movie)); Woody Allen is the greatest, but the uncredited theft of this movie may be a travesty ((especially provided the knowledge, also courteasy of IFC's footnotes, that the Writer/Director Ron Powlus[sp] spent 7 years running around trying to get this movie made. Which is a sad fact because this is an excellent movie and the amount of work he must have put into it is reflected.))

Now looking at this as well, this is sort of a movie about the making of a movie about the real life making of a movie; which in itself is stating something very profound about movie making.

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