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Cannes Man -- In a now classic spoof of the Hollywood star making machine, film producer Sy Lerner (Seymour Cassel) makes a bet with a fellow film executive that he can turn any nobody into a star at the Cannes Film Festival.  A New York cab driver who is visiting the festival is chosen as the test subject to settle the bet and Sy uses his skills of hype and manipulation to turn the cab driver, Frank (Francesco Quinn), into the talk of the town.
Cannes Man -- Film producer Sy Lerner makes a bet with a fellow film executive that he can turn any nobody into a star at the Cannes Film Festival. A New York cab driver who is visiting the festival is chosen as the test subject to settle the bet and Sy uses his skills of hype and manipulation to try and turn the cab driver named Frank into the talk of the town. Many celebrities make cameos throughout the film.


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François Petit ... Frenchman
Robert Hockley ... American

Luana Anders ... Agent on Phone

Jack Ong ... Minister

Francesco Quinn ... Frank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky

Rebecca Broussard ... Rebecca Lerner

Lloyd Kaufman ... Himself - Troma Chief

Lawrence Kasanoff ... Studio Exec
Duncan Clark ... Duquesne Cameron
Gary W. Goldstein ... Producer

Seymour Cassel ... Sy Lerner
Therese Kablan ... Tawny
Jim Stark ... Betting Producer

Randal Kleiser ... Director
Alex Ben Block ... Hollywood Reporter

Robert Evans ... Himself - Producer

James Brolin ... Himself

John Malkovich ... Himself

Ann Cusack ... Kitty Monaco

Julian Lennon ... Himself
May Hall Ross ... Investor
Nino Cerruti ... Himself
Nat Bernstein ... Screenwriter
Mitchel Katlin ... Screenwriter (as Michael Katlin)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Kevin Pollak ... Himself

Benicio Del Toro ... Himself

Bryan Singer ... Himself
Veronica Heif ... Ronnie Mills

Leslie Carleton ... Herself

Kari G. Peyton ... Herself (as Kari Peyton)
Michele Sublette ... Herself

Eha Urbsalu ... Herself

Treat Williams ... Himself

Cameron Dye ... Richard Hedd
Tim Ryan ... Actor & Guy on Phone
Nancy Rainford ... Attorney

Charley Boorman ... Himself

Jon Cryer ... Himself

Chris Penn ... Himself

Peter Gallagher ... Himself

Frank Whaley ... Himself (as Frank Whalley)

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Herself

Harvey Weinstein ... Himself

Johnny Depp ... Himself

Jim Jarmusch ... Jim Jarmusch
Menahem Golan ... Himself
Johan Schotte ... 'Chain of Title' Producer
Ed Harridsteff ... Norweigen Distributor
Jean Paul Jacobi ... French Distributor
Sam Anwar ... Pakistani Distributor
Marc Duret ... French Actor
Jim Sheridan ... Exasperated Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lori M. Cincotta ... Mourner (uncredited)
Richard Martini ... Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Martini 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Deric Haddad 
Richard Martini 
Irwin M. Rappaport  (as Irwin Rappaport)
Susan Shapiro 

Produced by
Tom Coleman .... producer
Holly MacConkey .... producer
Johan Schotte .... executive producer
Jon Turtle .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Martini 
Cinematography by
Denise Brassard (director of photography: US)
Dean Lent (director of photography: France)
Film Editing by
Richard Currie 
Casting by
Aaron Griffith (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Lori M. Cincotta .... hair stylist: LA (as Lori Matyska)
Lori M. Cincotta .... makeup artist: LA (as Lori Matyska)
Julie Quinn .... makeup artist: France
Production Management
Frank Meranda .... production manager: France
Chris Palladino .... production manager: France
Katherine A. Steinberg .... production manager: LA
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susan Shapiro .... director: Cannes scenes
Art Department
Andrew Arzt .... art director: LA
Louis Rosenblate .... art director: Los Angeles (as Lou Rosenblate)
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... sound: France
Ross Levy .... boom operator: LA
Matthew Markey .... sound mixer: LA (as Matt Markey)
Glen Matisoff .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamal J. Farley .... gaffer: LA (as Jamal Farley)
Wendy Hyden .... still photographer: LA (as Wendy Von Hyden)
David Kiser .... first assistant camera: LA
Denis Moran .... steadicam operator: LA (as Dennis Moran)
Cynthia Pusheck .... electrician: LA
Julie Quinn .... still photographer: France
John Samaras .... director of photography: second unit (as Yiannis Samaras)
John Samaras .... first assistant camera: France (as Yiannis Samaras)
Jutta von Stieglitz .... electrician: LA
Scott Winig .... electrician: LA (as Scot Winig)
Casting Department
Kate Brinegar .... casting: France
Sergio Prenoli .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Quinn .... wardrobe: France
Music Department
Craig Cole .... musician: saxophone solo
Robert Martini .... musician: flamenco guitar
Other crew
Nancy Becker .... script supervisor: LA
Cyril .... production assistant: France
Thomas Druyen .... adr loop group (as Tomas Druyen)
Bill Evashwick .... adr loop group
Christian Frankel .... coordinator: Cannes
Shirley Gardner .... adr loop group
Quentin Geeringckx .... production assistant: LA
Jean Paul Jacobi .... production assistant: LA
Bob La Pierre .... adr loop group
Cheryl Lynch .... publicist: France
Lena Michaels .... adr loop group
Laura Mills .... liaison: LA. Rocket Pictures
Gobi Nejad .... adr loop group
Edward Oleschak .... adr loop group (as Eddie Oleschak)
Blake Pickett .... adr loop group
Julie Quinn .... continuity: France
Jeremy Rubin .... production assistant: LA
Ail Tackman .... production assistant: France
Ail Tackman .... publicist: France
Rebecca Broussard .... inspiration
Gilles Jacob .... special thanks (as Giles Jacob)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Canne$ Man" - USA (video box title)
"Con Man" - USA (DVD box title)
"Cannes Player" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language
88 min
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[Sy Lerner interrupts Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch while they are meditating in order to pitch them a film]
Sy Lerner:This is a very spiritual film. This is a film written by a poet, whose father was a poet, one of the great American cowboy poets.
Sy Lerner:[to Jim Jarmusch] And in fact, this is the kind of film that you would be perfect to direct. Now I don't know if you could handle a budget that big, 25 million, 'cause you're not used to working with that...
Jim Jarmusch:Hey, I could handle any budget - 100 million - but I'm on a level above the earth right now. I'm interested in spiritual...
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Parody of the Self-indulgent Hollywood Movie Industry., 16 May 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

Cannes Man is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, as it pokes fun as the self-indulgent Hollywod movie industry, exposing how full of crap some of the industry people are, and that includes more than just promoters and producers, but actors and directors as well.

Filmed entirely at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, is something of a story that models the success of Chauncy, of that old Peter Sellers classic, 'Being There.' Frank Rhinoslavasky (Francesco Quinn), kind of a dumb guy, and part-time New York cab driver, wants to break into the movie business. He doesn't have anything to offer, and just thinks that he can start at the top, as a writer. Opportunity knocks on Frank's door when he goes to the Cannes Film Festival to deliver some props to Troma, Inc.

There, Frank meets Sy Lerner (Seymor Cassell), perhaps the biggest bullshitter in the business, and as each person interviewed in this mockumentary, he has made a fool out of a lot of industry executives and cost them plenty of money. Sy Lerner makes a bet with his friend that he can take any shmoe off the street and turn them into the biggest success around. And Frank is his shmoe. Like Chauncy, Peter Seller's dimwitted character in Being There who was haled as a genius by those who only saw what they wanted to see in Chauncy (and the kicker is that they eventually nominate him President), Frank Rhino is going to create the same success by letting others do all the work.

Sy Lerner takes on Frank as his pet project. He shows Frank how to dress and behave (though Frank doesn't drop much of his idiotic conversation habits), tells him how to respond when being interviewed such as never saying too much, and always being ambiguous. Then Lerner comes up with the vehicle for Frank's reputation, by naming him the writer of a new movie. Only the movie doesn't exist and Frank isn't a writer. And, even knowing Lerner's reputation, people buy into the garbage. And now, everyone wants a piece of that action. Lerner and Frank (now given a fitting industry name of "Frank Rhino") have everyone knocking down their door, hot directors, big name producers, and big shot actors (including some great scenes with Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch. Interviews, press opportunities, everything, Frank is the "Cannes Man," and he didn't have to do much to get it.

Even funnier than the fact that everyone is falling for all the garbage Lerner and Rhino hand them, is the intermittent interviews with members of the industry who initially started talking about how Lerner suckered them out of money and then gradually change their tune about wanting a piece of the new hot action, Frank Rhino and his movie. They went full circle.

I imagine the filmmakers went around Cannes and just asked people to take part in it, improvising most of it like Frank Whaley, Peter Gallagher, and Laura Flynn Boyle most obviously do (promoting Cafe Society), trying to sound very important, but only coming off as total idiots and suckers for just another one of Lerner's money-making schemes. There are many other cameos by John Malchovich, Jon Cryer (promoting 'Heads'), and Del Toro and Kevin Pollack (promoting the 'Usual Suspects'), and so forth. And everyone is outrageously funny. This is definitely one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, and one that I highly recommend.

Lerner definitely makes a fool out of Hollywood, and I wonder if this isn't how the real industry operates 80 percent of the time.

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