Celebrity (1998)

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The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.



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Camera Operator
Vladimir Bibic ...
Director of Photography
Francisco Quidjada ...
Erno Delucca
Production Assistant
Jackhammer Operator
Peter Castellotti ...
Sound Recordist (as Pete Castellotti)
A. Lee Morris ...
Second Assistant Cameraperson
Bill Gaines
Maurice Sonnenberg ...
Dalton Freed
Craig Ulmschneider ...
Daniel - Production Assistant


Lee Simon, unsuccessful journalist and wanna-be novelist, tries to get a foot into the door with celebrities. After divorcing his wife Robin, Lee gets to meet a lot folks of the rich and / or beautiful, partly through journalism, partly because he has a script to offer. But life among those from out-of-this-world is hard, and his putative success always results in defeat. Meanwhile Robin meets a very desirable TV-producer and takes the first steps in the world of celebrities herself. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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A funny look at people who will do anything to get famous... or stay famous.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sex and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Fall Project 1997  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,588,013 (USA) (20 November 1998)


£462,034 (UK) (9 July 1999)

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A Great Man Chokes
20 November 1998 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

One of Woody Allen's worst films, a brilliant defense for anyone who considers Allen out-of-touch, self-indulgent, and irrelevant. A storyless mishmash of tired, unfunny gags, Woody has absolutely nothing to say and takes forever to say it (uncharacteristic for Allen, who's films have been the last bastion of auteur-brevity, the movie is a trying two hours-plus). Sure, the movie looks dynamite, and sure it's got a great cast trying its best, but can anyone honestly tell me that this movie's humor wasn't musty, it's narrative wasn't rambling, it's attempts at satire weren't annoyingly weak? A real disappointment, especially following last year's wonderfully vulgar, honest, and funny "Deconstructing Harry." This has to be the worst fall-winter film season in years.

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