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Hurlyburly (1998)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darlene (as Robin Wright Penn)
Susie (as Gianna Renaudo)
Store Manager
Kenny Vance ...
Michaline Babich ...
TV Anchor (as Elaine Corral)
Sharon Tay ...
TV Reporter
Frank Somerville ...
TV Anchor
Bob Jimenez ...


Hurly-burly is an adaptation of David Rabe's well known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes who's 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for constant drug use, pervasive strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ano kato  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,796,328 (USA) (2 April 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sigourney Weaver was nominated for the 1985 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Musical for "Hurlyburly" for the role of Darlene. See more »


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 »


Eddie: In the Middle Ages everyone really had to worry about witches and goblins, but what we have is stuff eating at us. We've got stuff we don't even... I mean, why do you think that all the warlords of the world are so anxious to get their own personal little stash of chemical weapons. They call them weapons of mass destruction, but they're not. They're very *very* selective about what they destroy. They annihilate people and preserve things. They love things. You and I would be dead, gas... puke.....
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Powerfully acted and compelling drama
30 April 2000 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Highlighted by emotional, believable performances by its cast (Sean Penn in particular is typically brilliant), Hurlyburly is not for everyone, but can be a powerful and compelling drama for those who approach it with an open mind. The film is frequently referred to as a comedy-drama, a misleading designation for what is a sometimes humorous, but ultimately emotional and sobering look at life in 1980s Hollywood. Particularly well-done are the cocaine-fuelled scenes which provide one of the most accurate depictions of the drug lifestyle and the effect it can have on interpersonal relationships. The film can seem over-the-top in parts, but the excess is necessary to convey the film's message. Emotional, witty, thought-provoking and on some levels deeply depressing, Hurlyburly is an underrated and under-appreciated character-driven drama that capitalizes on the talents of an all-star cast to deliver a top-notch product.

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