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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Larry Gelbart (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
17 May 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A prime example of satire gone awry. See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gabriel Byrne ... Lionel Powers

Ben Kingsley ... Julian Messenger

Mimi Rogers ... Ariel Powers (aka Alexi)

Jeffrey Tambor ... Alan Blanchard

Illeana Douglas ... Rita Pascoe

Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Jonathon Cummings

Chris Mulkey ... Jerry Pascoe

R. Lee Ermey ... Billy Paxton

Caroline Aaron ... Robin Zimmer

Jason Lee ... Phillip Messenger

Christina Pickles ... Mrs. Frieda Messinger

Tom Wright ... Marvel Sears
Randall Arney ... Sen. Quentin Sayles

Ben Bode ... Peter Messenger

L. Scott Caldwell ... Sen. Condon

Patrick Fabian ... Brandon Joyner

Alex Kingston ... Verity Graham

Jordan Ladd ... Letitia

Heidi Mark ... Cricket Paige

Adam Tomei ... Tony Powers
Peter White ... Sen. Norman Barrish

Kathy Baker ... Margo Powers

Tina Arning ... Tiffany

Elea Oberon ... Dr. Cummings Receptionist (as Elea Bartling)

Richard Chaves ... Sen. Ramirez
Sabi Dorr ... London Specialist
Joseph Faingold ... TV Reporter
Cliff Fleming ... Helicopter Pilot
Myeva Surjik ... Nurse (as Myeva Fox)
Art Frankel ... Dr. Sugarman
Eulinda Gray ... Swiss Receptionist
Dale Harimoto ... Kim Kaplan, KPOW Reporter

Jerry Hauck ... Sal

John Heffron ... News Show Director
Jocelyn Kelley ... TV Reporter
Tyffany Kyler ... Secretary

Fred Kronenberg ... Plumber's Van Spy #1

Larissa Laskin ... Lindsey Zarem

Sung Hi Lee ... Kelly

Robert Lewis ... Ziggy

Cynthia Mace ... Mrs. Jamie Sayles
Kristina Malota ... Sayles Daughter

Ramsey Mathews ... Roy

Dailyn Matthews ... Bar Pick-up

Erin Matthews ... Liz Ortega, 'Private File'
Graeme McKenna ... Plumber's Van Spy #2

Mark McPherson ... Pay Phone Passerby
Cherie Michan ... Nanci Gross
Diana Morgan ... TV Reporter
Michael Morrison ... Joey Pascoe

Todd Newton ... Blade Crenshaw, 'Private File'
Christie Blanchard-Power ... Messenger Maid (as Christine Blanchard)

Clarinda Ross ... Stacy
Nina Savelle ... Young Woman
Sam Shamshak ... Dr. Rosenfeld

Rick Shuster ... Helicopter Pilot
Ron Snow ... Cricket's Announcer

Mark Steines ... News Anchor
Westleigh M. Styer ... Nicky Pascoe
Dirk Vahle ... Helicopter Pilot

Alex Wexo ... Delivery Van Driver
Rogan Wilde ... Ashley
Billie Worley ... Jimmy the Dog / Peanut Coach

Ann Russo ... Cloris (as Ann Zupa)
Sander Vanocur ... 60 / Sixty Moderator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric F Donald ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Surjik 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Larry Gelbart (written by)

Produced by
Larry Gelbart .... executive producer
Sean Ryerson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Davis 
 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
 
Film Editing by
Zach Staenberg 
 
Casting by
Gary M. Zuckerbrod 
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Art Direction by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Chas. Butcher 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephanie Ziemer 
 
Costume Design by
Deena Appel 
Natasha Landau 
 
Makeup Department
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... additional hair stylist
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... additional makeup artist
Mari Bloom .... key hair stylist
David Forrest .... key makeup artist
Elizabeth Rabe .... second hair stylist: first unit (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mark S. Hoerr .... post-production supervisor
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
Selwyn Roberts .... unit production manager: London
Sara Spring .... production supervisor: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second unit director
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... second unit director
Evan Gilner .... second second assistant director
K.C. Hodenfield .... first assistant director
Joseph J. Kontra .... second assistant director
Jason Roberts .... second assistant director: second unit
David N. Schrager .... second assistant director: second unit
Craig West .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Heidi Baumgarten .... property buyer
Kelly Brine .... storyboard artist
R. Scott Doran .... lead man
China Fox .... assistant props (as China Iwata)
Douglas Fox .... property master
Lisa Goldsmith .... buyer
Jana Lehman .... art department coordinator
Marc Meisels .... lead man
Christopher Moore .... set decorator coordinator
Wendy Neel Brogan .... set decorator coordinator
Efren N. Perez .... art swing gang
Brooke Sartorius .... swing gang (as Robert Brooke Sartorius)
Linda Spheeris .... assistant set decorator
Michael P. Sweeney .... assistant props
Paul Walton .... head paint foreman
 
Sound Department
Peter Bentley .... sound mixer
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry Cheney .... dialogue editor
David M. Cowan .... dialogue editor
Scott Edelson .... boom operator
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bill Freesh)
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound editor
John Hays .... boom operator
Albert Ibbotson .... co-supervising sound editor
Jerry Jacobson .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley walker
Amy Kane .... foley walker
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Lee Lemont .... adr editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Mike Olman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kirsten Reed .... assistant foley editor
Carmine Rubino .... foley mixer
Rich Tavtigian .... foley editor
 
Special Effects by
Steve Cremin .... special effects assistant
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Bruce Mattox .... special effects assistant
Ric San Nicholas .... special effects assistant
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator
Robert W. Morgenroth .... visual effects supervisor
Lee Stranahan .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Julie Adair .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator
Norman Howell .... stunts
Rex Ives .... stunts
Scott Waugh .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen B. Abrams .... best boy grip
Dave Arnold .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as David Arnold)
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Tony Bendt .... grip
Jeremy Braben .... aerial camera operator: Spacecam
Robert Brinkmann .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Broun .... additional second assistant camera
John Cannon .... electrician
Louis Cicero .... dolly grip
Ricco Clement .... additional first assistant camera
Jason 'Jake' Cross .... grip
Tomislav Culina .... grip
Keith Davis .... electrician
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Josh Drew .... grip (as Josh Walters)
Robert N. Gersicoff .... additional camera operator
Dylan Goss .... aerial camera operator (as Dylan M. Gross)
Jeff Graham .... first assistant camera
Eric Grove .... additional photographer: New York City
Richard Haas .... additional first assistant camera
William H. Hobson .... grip
Philip Jordan .... electrician
Steve Koster .... additional camera operator
Reinaldo Lopezy .... camera loader
Brian Lucas .... electrician
Thomas Marshall .... electrician
Ian S. Momberger .... grip
Matthew Nelson .... additional first assistant camera
Edward Nielsen III .... additional second assistant camera
Ed Nottoli .... additional first assistant camera
Anthony Q. Palmer .... electrician
Jennifer Perkins .... electrician
Kenny Rivenbark .... additional camera operator
Vince Rodriguez .... key grip
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Renee Schuyten .... second assistant camera
Peyton Skelton .... best boy electric
Tim Soronen .... grip
Miguel Sánchez .... electrician
Jason Tenzer .... additional second assistant camera
Richard Uribe .... electrician
Gregory White .... additional first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Lisa Essary .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tangi Crawford .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Kiki Garwood .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomas Halligan .... set costumer
Deborah Slate .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Tom Costain .... first assistant film editor
Karla Flores .... post-production assistant
Bob La Rossa .... color timer
 
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Eduardo Ponsdomenech .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Victor Anderson .... transportation coordinator
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
Antonio Molina .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Stephanie Axe .... assistant: Mr. Surjik
Matthew J. Birch .... production coordinator: second unit
Bobette Buster .... production consultant
Kaylene Carlson .... production secretary
Craig Conover .... craft service
Ross C. Day .... additional location scout
Dick Dionne .... set mechanic
Gregory Dunigan .... production assistant: reshoots
Jennifer Dunne .... assistant location manager
Maria Dylan .... production coordinator
Scott Fischman .... remote head technician
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor
Adam Glickman .... production assistant
Marc Thomas King .... assistant: Mr. Ryerson
Buzz Kramer .... craft service
Lynne Kramer .... craft service
Zack Milan .... stand-in
Zack Olin .... production assistant
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic
Tony Salome .... location manager
Amanda Schenk .... assistant: Mr. Surjik
Michael Schumacher .... assistant location manager
Amy Singer .... assistant: Mr. Byrne
Beth Tate .... additional location scout
Brian Triggs .... assistant production coordinator
Christopher W. Trott .... location manager
Cory Van Dyke .... assistant: Mr. Kingsley
David Vogt .... helicopter pilot: New York
Martine White .... additional location scout
Ray McCort .... helicopter pilot: New York (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexuality, and depiction of a suicide
Runtime:
100 min | Germany:92 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | UK:15 (video premiere) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Lionel Powers:You're a freak.
Ariel Powers:And you're mine, my sweet, extended darling.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
DANKE SCHOENSee more »

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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A prime example of satire gone awry., 31 January 1999
Author: Stu-5 from Western Australia

Weapons of Mass Distraction proves to be an inconsequential mess of loose plot points and unanswered questions. In what was initially supposed to be a satire, it only gets lost in it's web of lurid, superfluous, irrelevant occurrences.

Two billionares rival over ownership of a famous American football team. That's what we understand from the blurb. Unfortunately, the references to that are just so vague that it is somewhat of a sub-plot. There really is no plot. It goes nowhere!

On one end of the spectrum we have Robert Altman's fine satire "The Player", focusing on big business and movies. On the other end of the spectrum we have this.

Combine this: helicopter accident, closet gay businessman, jewish holocaust surviver, appendage enlargement, trans-gender wife and adulterous cable repairman newly fired. That's precisely what the film is!

It's awful. One out of ten.

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