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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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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 Guy is recalling his favorite movie memories on his first date with Dawn, he recalls the summer of 1988, in which he saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, a movie that was released in 1989. Then again, Gabe Kaplan was not in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh as Guy says he was, so it's clear that his memory isn't all that he claims. He was probably thinking of Fast Break in which Kaplan played a basketball coach. See more »

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Dawn: Lose the smile. It makes you look like a schmuck.
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BREAK THE EQUATION
Written by Tony Colman
Performed by IZIT and the Powdered Rhino Homs
Published by Copyright Control (PRS)
Courtesy of Tongue & Groove Records
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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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