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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  21 March 1995 (USA)
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

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A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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He's been humiliated, kicked and spat on... and it's only 10:00 am. See more »


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Rated R for some scenes of psychological/physical torture and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$376,928 (USA)
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The oft-referenced Foster Kane is an obvious reference to Citizen Kane (1941). See more »

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When Guy relates the story of Shelly Winters' interview with Buddy, he states that Shelly takes three Oscars out of her bag, when in fact she only won two. See more »

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Buddy: Avoid women directors. They ovulate. Do you have any idea what that does to an three month shoot?
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Spoofs A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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HUMPTY DUMP
Written by Roscoe Porter
Performed by The Vibrettes
Published by Shuggie Music, Administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Luv N' Haight Records
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Dark humour or nihilism?
27 November 2000 | by (Reykjavik, Iceland) – See all my reviews

Powerful movie that shows the nastier, more foul-mouthed side of Hollywood. Guy, played by Whaley, is a Hollywood rookie with no real experience but some lofty goals. The movie charts his learning of the ways of Hollywood through becoming an assistant for fastidious big-shot producer Buddy Ackerman (Spacey), and his subsequent unlearning of the 'normal' moral values that apply almost anywhere else. A remarkable performance from Spacey who is by turns searingly offensive, scathingly funny and (funnily enough) vividly human. Making an audience feel for such a revolting character is a feat not many could accomplish, but Spacey's up to the task. Frank Whaley (possibly known to you through a bit part in 'Pulp Fiction') also turns in a very strong performance as the disillusioned young assistant who falls in love (or rather, in bed) with a female producer played by the sultry Michelle Forbes. Spacey and Whaley's interplay in key scenes is riveting, and for the most part, the younger Whaley manages to stay out of Spacey's shadow.

The movie's ending is quite unforeseeable, and its message can be construed either as darkly humorous satire against Hollywood, or as a nihilistic comment on the ways of mankind. Judging by the not-so-humorous tone of the movie (though ludicrously enough it was marketed as a comedy), to me it feels like the latter applies. Definitely worth seeing, even if only for Spacey. 8/10


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