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Mistress (1992)

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

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

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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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 July 1992 (USA)  »

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Hollywood Mistress  »

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$1,102,469 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Spoofed in The Mistress (1993) See more »

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These are the things we cannot change
Written by Galt MacDermot and William Dumaresq
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Great actors in search of a script
5 January 2001 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Pun intended. This is a comedy about trying to make a movie in Hollywood. There's a screenwriter (Wuhl), desparate to see his long-forgotten masterpiece brought to the screen, a producer (Landau) who hasn't had a hit in 15 years and three wanna-be producers (De Niro, Aiello and Wallach), of varying competence. All of the producers have girlfriends who want to be in the movie. Everyone has complicated lives.

The theme is compromise, and who can and who can't. Some parts of the film are mesmerizing, earning it a seven from me, and others sag. A splendid birthday party serves as the climax of the film but I had no idea of why the birthday boy was being feted.

See it if you like the lead male actors - they're terrific (even if it does remind you that women of the the same age can't find roles as juicy). Otherwise, it's another "ain't Holywood awful" movies.


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