A satire about desperate hustling, pop philosophy and big money.

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A would-be movie producer strives to convince a self-help guru to let him film his book. As the guru is only interested in money, the producer solicits the help of a shady businessman and the guru's own secretary, who wants to write movie scripts (a horror story about brain-scraping monsters). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for strong language and some violence, nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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5 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Busca e Destrói  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$389,731 (USA)
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Dr. Waxling: Just because it happened to you does not make it interesting.
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Shoe Shine Boy
Words and music by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
Cahn Music Co. (ASCAP) and Dorsey Bros. Music (ASCAP)
All rights on behalf of Cahn Music Co. administered by Warner
Bros. Music Corp.
All U.S. rights on behalf of Dorsey Bros. Music administered by
Music Sales Coroporation (ASCAP)
All rights for the world excluding the United States controlled and administered by Mills Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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A Misunderstood masterpiece
19 September 2006 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a gem that is lost amongst the crap that came out in the mid nineties American cinema. The first time I saw this film I thought that it was bizarre, yet in some odd way compelling. I have since seen it seven or eight more times and it gets better each time. The humor is dark and unconventional, and the dialog is odd in that it is difficult to determine whether or not its meant to be funny or is simply poor writing, I still have not figured that out which is probably one of the reasons I love this film.

The cast is of course outstanding, which is why I first rented this film knowing nothing about it. It must have had a very short theater shelf life. Dennis Hopper, Ethan Hawke and produced by Martin Scorcese, how could you go wrong? But the truly outstanding performance, and the majority of the quotable lines are spoken by Christopher Walken. His characters name is Kim Ulander, classic, and walken does what walken does best in this role, he plays a psychopath. See this film, and see it again and again and again.


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