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Celebrity (1998)

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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:
Jeff Mazzola ...
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 ...
Craig Ulmschneider ...
Daniel - Production Assistant


New York City. Forty year old Lee Simon, a critically panned two time novelist who works as a travel writer (a job he hates) to earn a steady living, tells his shocked wife of sixteen years, English teacher Robin Simon, that he wants a divorce. Although he had not been happy with Robin for some time, she who he feels is a bundle of Catholic repressions and neuroses especially when it comes to sex, Lee finally came to the conclusion about wanting a divorce upon attending his high school reunion and seeing a roomful of losers, he believing he turning into one of them if he didn't make a drastic change. He gets a job working as a journalist for an entertainment magazine, while he writes screenplays on the side, he believing the latter a good stepping stone to finishing his third novel if the screenplays works out. The journalist job includes conducting interviews with celebrities, not only to who he can pedal his completed screenplay, but also what he quickly learns to who he has easy ... Written by Huggo

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


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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 USA:

$1,588,013, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,032,496, 3 January 1999
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1.66 : 1
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That Old Feeling
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Performed by Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan
Courtesy of Verve Records by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Decent Allen film not his best, but still worth a look
25 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Judged against other movies, Celebrity rates higher than it does when judged against Woody Allen movies. In other words, the director's consistent pace and huge body of work virtually begs for critics to keep ranking each of Allen's films against past efforts and so on. Celebrity is not as good as Deconstructing Harry or Everyone Says I Love You (to cite just two of Allen's recent pictures), but it still bears the hallmarks of Allen's success: great ensemble work, witty and intelligent writing, amusing set-pieces, and excellent photography. Kenneth Branagh fills in as the Woody character, and channels Allen's vocal tics and mannerisms to the point of perfection or distraction, depending on one's point of view. Judy Davis, a welcome sight in any movie, captures Branagh's ex-wife perfectly. The remainder of the cast aids in Allen's dissection of modern media celebrity, and does what it can with this good, but not great, material.

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