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

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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 »


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: I could have made this film years ago if I wanted to play footsie-wootsie with it but I don't!
Jack Roth: Marvin, we're just talking here.
Marvin Landisman: I knew this was gonna happen. I'm not changing *one* word! I don't *need* to make this film and I don't need your damn turkey sandwich okay? Just... let's just forget it okay?
Jack Roth: Jesus I love your passion. It's so refreshing.
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References Marty (1955) See more »


These are the things we cannot change
Written by Galt MacDermot and William Dumaresq
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It`s Not BATMAN 3 That`s For Sure
26 August 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The info button described MISTRESS as thus " An earnest screenwriter sees his dream mangled in the Hollywood movie machine . Robert DeNiro is a crass moneyman demanding a role for his talentless mistress " Great I thought , this is going to be like THE KING OF COMEDY except it`s set in Hollyloot . Twenty minutes later DeNiro`s still not appeared and I`m aware of one thing

  • info buttons are never right

The info button wasn`t so much wrong but it was rather misleading . DeNiro does indeed play a crass moneyman who is after a role for his mistress but she`s not exactly talentless . The plot mainly revolves around a failed director/screenwriter called Marvin who finds himself having to severly alter his script if he wants it produced , it`s a sort of satire/black comedy on the Hollyloot system of film making and once you get over the initial disappointment of it not being a Scorsese / DeNiro masterpiece it`s an enjoyable film , and one with a lot of scathing truth like a pitch is all down to presentation , casting is down to who the actress is sleeping with and a producer`s vulgarity is only matched by his ignorance . Also watch out for the line " This isn`t BATMAN 3 " which at that time hadn`t been produced yet . I guess someone made BATMAN 3 as a homage to MISTRESS ?

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