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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 21 April 1995 (USA)
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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Back Stabbing - Two Faced - Revenge 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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Guy's three cronies, Manny, Moe and Jack, are named after the Pep Boys (national automotive supplies chain). See more »

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During the "Sweet and Low" scene, the packs of Equal and sugar continually swap places. See more »

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Buddy: What I am concerned with is detail. I asked you go get me a packet of Sweet-N-Low. You bring me back Equal. That isn't what I asked for. That isn't what I wanted. That isn't what I needed and that shit isn't going to work around here.
Guy: I, I just thought...
Buddy: You thought. Do me a fucking favor. Shut up, listen, and learn. Look, I know that this is your first day and you don't really know how things work around here, so I will tell you. You have no brain. No judgement calls are necessary. What you ...
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GRAVITY
Written by Kim Salmon
Performed by Kim Salmon & The Surrealists
Published by Polygram Music Publishing PTY. Ltd. (APRA)
Courtesy of Redeye Records /Polydor Australia
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Delightful discovery
19 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was so depressed after watching "The Men Who Stare At Goats" that I actively sought out Kevin Spacey movies to help redeem my perceptions of him. I saw "K-Pax" last week, which was adequately engaging, then found "Swimming with Sharks" on the IFC. What a find! This low-cost(less than $1M) film must not have had a very big marketing budget -- it completely escaped me at the time -- but it's one of the best performances Kevin Spacey I've ever seen. An abusive, self-indulgent, arrogant boss in the film industry, his role easily translates into that of a recognizable evil boss in any field. Spacey nicely runs the gamut of expression from god-like to humbled. His once-idealistic assistant is played by Frank Whaley, who never really saw his full potential subsequently develop in his career but has had nice turns in Pulp Fiction and a number of high-production TV series. Whaley too should be commended for his ability to grow the character from a wide-eyed beginning his dream job, to a vengeful warrior out for blood. The film centers on the dysfunctional relationship between these two and is weak only when it attempts to introduce minor roles featuring Michelle Forbes (Maryann on "True Blood") and Benecio del Toro (though these actors perform well with what they've been given).


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