Mistress (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 July 1992 (USA)
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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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


The boom mike drops below the frame during the meeting with George and Peggy while Stuart mentions possible changes to the script. See more »


Marvin Landisman: [after meeting Stuart] Who the hell does he think he is saying the script isn't finished? I've been working on that script for years. Who the fuck does he think he is?
Jack Roth: He's a little green. He made a mistake.
Marvin Landisman: Jack, as a matter of fact, who the fuck is he? I mean, what has he done? What does he even have to do with this film?
Jack Roth: I thought you knew.
Marvin Landisman: No, I don't. I don't even know why he had to be at this meeting. Jack, who is he?
Jack Roth: You never heard of Stuart Stratland?
Marvin Landisman: Stuart Stratland?
Jack Roth: Two Academy ...
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References Mephisto (1981) See more »


The kiss
Written by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado
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Impressive cast overplaying to the nth degree...
3 August 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Barry Primus directed and co-wrote this 'Hollywood insider's comedy' which isn't very inside and is never terribly funny. Robert Wuhl is a struggling screenwriter who, with help from Martin Landau's over-the-hill movie producer, hopes to get his picture made with financial backing from three hot-tempered high rollers; the catch is, each investor wants his mistress to have a part in the film, and all three women prove very difficult to handle. Potentially interesting premise given over to foul-mouthed neurotics who are never as amusing as they're supposed to be. Wuhl, an actor of quicksilver comedic timing, thanklessly plays the incredulous observer here, while the all-star supporting cast loudly plays up the material until the satirical edge flags and becomes cartoonish. Primus' direction is wobbly and uneven, though he gets some amusing facial expressions from Robert De Niro (who also co-produced, for reasons which are unclear). Shabbily edited, and with ungainly cinematography. *1/2 from ****

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