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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  21 April 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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In Hollywood all his dreams could come true... But first he has to make coffee. 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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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$376,928 (USA)
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Director George Huang was convinced to make this film by Robert Rodriguez. Huang used to work for Columbia Pictures, which acquired the distribution rights for Rodriguez' film El mariachi (1992) in 1991. The two met and Huang shared some of his would-be movie stories with Rodriguez, who - as documented in his memoir, "Rebel Without a Crew" - told Huang that he should simply "go out and make a movie." As such, Huang resigned from his position and set out to make this film. See more »

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Guy puts a CD in the player upside-down. The display then shows "no disc" but the music begins to play anyway. See more »

Quotes

Buddy: What, your job is unfair to you? Grow up, way it goes. People use you? Life's unfair? Grow up, way it goes. Your girlfriend doesn't love you? Tough shit, way it goes. Your wife gets raped and shot, and they leave their unfinished beers...
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Buddy: ... their... their stinking longnecks just lying there on the gr - So be it. Way it goes.
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THE SPOKEN WORD
Written by J. Munns, M. Dingle, J. Lyde
Performed by Vibes Alive
Published by 83 Jazz, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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Spacey great as always
11 November 1998 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey, perhaps the finest actor on the planet, is brilliant as usual in his hilarious turn as Buddy Ackerman, one of the nastiest characters that you'll ever see anywhere on film. Sure, the whole cast is great, but it is Spacey who really shines, and he is the reason that this film works so well. Watch this movie if you want to laugh your head off, or if you simply want to see a legend in the making at the top of his game, yet again.


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