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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:
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


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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)


$5,032,496 (USA) (1 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Allen wanted to hire Kenneth Branagh for the lead role but was unsure whether he could pull off an American accent. As Branagh was filming The Gingerbread Man (1998) at the time, Robert Altman screened most of the film for him, and Branagh got the part. See more »


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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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Branagh is not Woody

One of the most brilliant Woody Allen's 90s' pictures, such a mockery of the "beautiful people" with some traces of a romantic comedy and some reflexions about couple troubles made in Woody. But there's an objection and that's Kenneth Brannagh. He's a great actor (no doubt about it) but in "Celebrity" you can't help thinking that he's imitating the character that Woody should've played. It's quite clear that Woody wrote this for himself, but he was too old to play a man that conquers Winona Ryder or Famke Janssen.

Last but not least, what about Judy Davis?? God, she's magnificent, one of the best actresses ever, and that scene with the prostitute is totally hilarious. Woody should've married her instead of Mia 30 years ago!!

So, if Woody would've played the role that eventually played Brannagh this could've been one of his best works. But Brannagh is not Woody, and that's noticeable.

*My rate: 7/10

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