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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  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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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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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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When Frank Whaley's character is speaking to Buddy Ackerman on the phone the night he has to collect all of the Time magazines he's talking to him about the "Real Life" movie. He's holding a BIC ballpoint pen in his hand. When he rights Foster Kane's name on the front of the script the sound effect is that of a Sharpie marker. In the close-up as he's writing it then shows a Sharpie, but when it goes back to a wide angle he's again holding a BIC pen while the Sharpie sound effect is being used. See more »

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Dawn: [to Guy] Let me give you a piece of advice here. You want to make it in this business, you don't have time for a personal life, much less a relationship.
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GOOD ENOUGH
Written by Sarah McLachlan
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
Published by Sony Songs, Inc. On Behalf Of Itself And Tyde Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Arista Records, 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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