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Bowfinger (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  13 August 1999 (USA)
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When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

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Storyline

Hollywood, today: Bobby Bowfinger, a run-down actor-producer-director, is reading a script which a friend has written. Completely convinced of its quality, he decides to take a last shot at fame and fortune. But the script is not that easy to sell, and a famous producer promises him to do it, but there is one condition: Kit Ramsey, Hollywood's number one star, has to be in it. So, Bobby tries his luck with Kit - who says no - and then decides to shoot the film himself. Together with the cheapest team available in Southern California, an aspiring beauty from Ohio, a diva who is just a little over the hill, a key-holding gofer from a major studio and a goon hired away from burger-flipping, Bobby sets out to shoot the science-fiction-film starring Kit Ramsey - who does not even know he's being filmed. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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They're going to lie, cheat and steal - but in a nice way. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bowfinger's Big Thing  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£896,983 (UK) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

£3,552,760 (UK) (26 November 1999)
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Trivia

When Bobby shows Kit the script, Kit says he is not a expecting a script from Paramount Pictures, but maybe Universal. In real life, Eddie Murphy's movies in the 1980s and early 1990s were produced by Paramount, but his later movies (including 'Bowfinger') have been produced by Universal. See more »

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Bowfinger takes off his fake pony tail and puts it in his left coat pocket before going into the restaurant. When he pulls out his business card and gives it to Jerry Renfro, he puts his hand in his right pocket, and the fake pony tail is attached to his card. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Wow. Great script. Great script!
[to his dog]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Betsy? It's now or never. We are gonna make a movie.
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Crazy Credits

After the last credits roll, Kit's line, "I saved the world! I saved it," can be heard. See more »

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by Bus Stop featuring Carl Douglas
Courtesy of The Total Records Company Limited
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets and Castle Communications
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A Winning Combination
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing how good the combination of director Frank Oz and actor Steve Martin was in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," I wasn't surprised that the two would make "Bowfinger" interesting, too. It's not the caliber of "Scoundrels," but it's still fun to watch.

Eddie Murphy, as usual, is responsible for a lot of laughs as he plays two characters: this paranoid New Age-type follower and a very nerdy stand-in actor. In both roles, he's effective. Terrence Stamp, meanwhile, does his normal intense job of acting as the leader of a far-out "mind group" that one of Murphy's characters belongs. Heather Graham provides the sex appeal. Few women have made the transition from wholesome country girl to sleazeball in one movie as Graham does here. It's shocking but laughable at the same time, which pretty much describes this odd film. Nice to see Steve Martin back in form, too.


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