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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)

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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James Edmunds
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Jerry Glover
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Michelle Rafferty
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Ann Glover
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Myrna Smithee
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Sam Rizzo
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Gary Samuels
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Sista Tu Lumumba
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Stagger Lee
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Aloe Vera
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Bill Bardo
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Wayne Jackson
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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 <aburner@erols.com>

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

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20 February 1998 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,447 (USA) (27 February 1998)
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David Paymer was considered for the role of Jerry Glover. See more »

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Alan Smithee: [beating his head] I cut the picture. They cut the picture. I didn't cut the picture. They cut the picture...
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References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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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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