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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During post-production, Joe Eszterhas announced through the media that Cinergi Pictures didn't have the money to pay for a soundtrack. He said he would finance the soundtrack himself, and asked artists to submit tracks for it. He received 9,200 CDs and cassettes, mostly from unknown, unsigned artists. He listened to a few tracks from each album, and compiled the soundtrack. See more »


Aloe Vera: We tried sex, it didn't help. He did some coke, it didn't help. He ate some pasta, it didn't help.
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Engagingingly funny, but for a limited audience
7 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are in the feature film industry, what makes this picture so funny is the close parody... some of the characters appear to be modeled on real people. It would not be too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that two of the characters are parodies of Peter Guber and John Peters of Sony Pictures. Read the true story of these two guys' careers, documented in the book, Hit and Run, then watch Burn Hollywood Burn again. You will probably find the film twice as entertaining as the first time you watched it. After having last watched the film 7 years ago, I bought the DVD this week because I wanted to see if I could grab the title track that I liked, and I also clearly remembered (and liked) the graffiti art that was drawn for the movie title. Once I got the DVD in my hands, though, I watched the film all the way through again, and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time I saw it.

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