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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable but average, 5 January 2013
Author: Scottles from Australia

Although the film has a great premise and a good point to make as I was watching it I couldn't help but think how much better it would have been had it been made by Woody Allen. The execution would have been so much better. I can only think they relied too much on improvising and whoever they could presumably talk into participating while they were at Cannes, rather than scripting it all and making it from scratch as Allen would have. Much of the acting isn't quite of a high enough standard either, but none the less its still and enjoyable film to watch.

Trading Places is another film that comes to mind when watching this - along with The Player - and ensemble pieces like Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap. All of them cover either similar themes, or were made in a similar way, but yielded a better result. Perhaps the difference with Best in Show and Spinal Tap is that their makers had a firmer idea of what each scene was meant to cover before it was improvised, and from the outset they had a stronger script/structure - this film seemed to lack a little in that regard, as well as having some average acting. I thought Sy Lerner's character was a bit confusing too - at the start he seems to be a bit of a schmuck past his best days, yet he still seems to carry a lot of clout and when he starts wheeling and dealing.

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