Celebrity (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 November 1998 (USA)
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The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Assistant Director
Dick Mingalone ...
Camera Operator
Vladimir Bibic ...
Director of Photography
Francisco Quijada ...
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.


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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charlize Theron - who had been a model before becoming an actress - had publicly vowed never to play a model onscreen. Woody Allen was aware of this and wrote her a letter specifically asking her to change her mind about that so that she could appear in his film. See more »


When Robin visits the hooker, the crew and equipment are both reflected in a window as the two women go out onto the patio. See more »


Robin Simon: I've become the person I've always hated, but I'm happier.
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »


Written by F.D. Marchetti (as Fermo Marchetti)
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Woody's best in years
30 November 1998 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A lot of the reviews have said that this film is one of the weaker recent Woody Allen movies, but I actually thought it was his best since Husbands and Wives. It's much more subtle but every bit as scathing as Deconstructing Harry. Everyone says Woody's films just aggrandize himself, but I feel that his latest few have been exercises in self-loathing.

Certain people (in these very pages) have felt that one is supposed to sympathize with the Branagh character. Certain people, we must remember, are on crack. Branagh plays a low-life louse who gives the word narcissim a whole new meaning. He is looking to revitalize his life by entering the world of celebrities. He is contrasted with his ex-wife (the always amazing Judy Davis... who doesn't she do more films?) who is also looking to change her life, but not necessarily by becoming famous. She does become famous, and near the end she says what I think is the key line: "I've become the kind of person I've always detested, but I'm happier." My friend and I had an argument later about what the film was saying: a) that Judy has given up on seriousness and meaning by becoming a celebrity, but now she's happier, or b) that the "entertainment products" that these people turn out don't matter at all, and that if one can find personal happiness (Judy eventually becomes much more social and comfortable with people) by doing them, then that's great. I don't know, but this is a far more interesting treatise on finding happiness than the dreary "Happiness" was.

This is also the funniest Allen film in years, with two total laugh-out-loud lines which I won't spoil here.

Overall, I felt the celebrity part, and all the walk-ons we not at all the focus of this movie, it just uses that world as a backdrop. This film is also very sweet and real, with the scene in which Judy Davis visits a psychic being one of the most intimate and touching I've seen.

One last thing, it's fun to see a Woody Allen film in New York City, because you can watch the audience trying to identify all the places where the scenes are set.

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