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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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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$376,928
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'Michelle Forbes' said she got cast in the film during a time when she was frustrated by the entertainment industry and considering another career, feelings which fit perfectly with the nature of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Guy and Dawn are in the launderette, Dawn's collar alternates between being up and down. See more »

Quotes

Rex: This is not a business, this is show business. Punching below the belt is not only all right, it's rewarded.
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References Casualties of War (1989) See more »

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L.A. BLUES
Written and Performed by Robert Fair
Robert Fair Music (ASCAP)
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He who must be obeyed
29 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film just sums up what it is to be a flunky in Hollywood. Buddy Ackerman is your normal high flying film producer, from the sharp suits down to the aggressive approach to anyone below him. Guy is flunky who has the job of dealing with Buddy's every whim, and then there's Dawn Lockard who is stuck in the middle. With an explosive relationship between all of them, the film is set at the home of Buddy. Guy has taken him hostage, and is annoyed that Buddy has fired him. Set with a series of flashbacks starting with an appearance with Benicio Del Toro, it tells the tale of what Guy has had to put up with in working for Buddy and all the hell he was put through to get to the place that he was before being fired over nothing. Very under-rated film and Spacey is amazing. Also applause to go to Frank Whaley for his great conflicting work with Spacey. A+


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