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Hurlyburly (1998)

Hollywood movers and shakers dissect their own personal lives when everything seems to clash together.

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Hurly-burly is an adaptation of David Rabe's well known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes whose personal lives threaten to veer into a catastrophe more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for constant drug use, pervasive strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »
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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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$164,826 (USA) (25 December 1998)

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$1,796,328 (USA) (2 April 1999)
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The original Broadway production of "Hurlyburly" by David Rabe opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on August 7, 1984, ran for 343 performances and was nominated for the 1985 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

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When Eddie lies under the glass table while Mickey and Artie talk to him, the location (and amount) of cocaine changes between shots. See more »

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Artie: He's got this thing.
Phil: It's a vibrator I carry around with me.
Mickey: You carry a vibrator around with you?
Phil: Yeah. As a form of come-on. So the girls can see I'm up for anything right away. Sometimes as a sort of, uh, mood-setter I turn it on. But, uh, today there was, uh, extenuating circumstances.
Artie: You forgot about the weights.
Phil: Yeah.
Artie: He forgot about the weights.
Mickey: You forgot about the weights?
Phil: Yeah. Forgot about the weights. Unbelievable.
Mickey: Unbelievable! You forgot about the weights?
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Features Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

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Great movie, more theatrical than cinematic
15 December 2004 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

A touching movie about friendship and dependency viewed through the distorting lens of rampant nihilism.

There's a theatrical eloquence to the dialogue that lends it mesmerizing power. It has a literary quality that some people will find unbearably pretentious, but which I found deeply moving.

The movie starts out with a fast paced barrage of hilarious absurdities. As it gets slower and more ponderous it sometimes veers off course, but in a sense this just deepens the sense of human frailty. Similarly the somewhat grasping conclusion does not significantly detract from the film's main thrust.

Acting by Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn and Garry Shandling is absolutely top notch. Chazz Palminteri isn't always as convincing. Excellent showing by Meg Ryan.


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