An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  20 February 1998 (USA)
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When a rookie filmmaker with the unfortunate name Alan Smithee realizes he's an unwitting studio puppet, being forced to make a big-budget action film he knows is horrible, he steals the master reels and tries to make a deal.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Edmunds
Dion Brothers
Leon Brothers
Jerry Glover
Michelle Rafferty
Ann Glover
Myrna Smithee
Sam Rizzo
Gary Samuels
Sista Tu Lumumba
Stagger Lee
Aloe Vera
Bill Bardo
Wayne Jackson


Director Alan Smithee comes to Hollywood to make a movie. Due to a variety of factors, he decides to disown it and direct it under a pseudonym. Unfortunately, the Director's Guild requires that if a director disowns a movie in this fashion, he *must* use the official Director's Guild pseudonym...which happens to be Alan Smithee. Written by Afterburner <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Alan Smithee Film  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,447 (USA) (27 February 1998)


DEM 52,998 (Germany) (12 June 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Highly underrated
20 February 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This film is actually a rather intelligent, if cynical, satire of the shallow and idiotic nature of Hollywood. More cameos than you can shake a stick at. Ryan O'Neal is great as an amoral producer. Eric Idle is even better as an unfortunate director named Alan Smithee whose movie is corrupted by the studio. He wants to remove his name from the movie, but since Alan Smithee is the pseudonym used for directors who want to remove their name from a picture, he is out of luck and becomes... unbalanced. Very dry, but very amusing. If you liked Last Action Hero and Purple Rose of Cairo, you'll probably like this.

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