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Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13  |   |  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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Comedy

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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:

$18,062,550 (USA) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

£3,552,760 (UK) (26 November 1999)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Murphy became interested in this movie when he heard he would be working with Steve Martin, of whom he is a huge fan. When Murphy sat down with Martin and director Frank Oz, the first thing he said was that Kit Ramsey should be "a black action superstar"; Oz then asked if that meant he was making the film, and Murphy said yes. Martin later joked that "Eddie's audition was VERY good". See more »

Goofs

A "bounce card" (light reflecting screen) is reflected in the window of Kit's car. 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 »


Soundtracks

There Is Always One More Time
Written by Kenneth W. Hirsh, Doc Pomus
Performed by Johnny Adams
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The con worked for me
11 September 2000 | by (Hamilton, Australia) – See all my reviews

Bowfinger How does Bobby Bowfinger, Hollywood's least successful director, get Kit Ramsey, Hollywood's biggest star, in his ultra low-budget film? Anyway he can. With an ingenious scheme and the help of Kit's eager and nerdy brother, Jiff, an ambitious and sexy wanna be actress and over-the-hill diva. Bowfinger sets out to trick Kit Ramsey into the performance of a lifetime.

To describe Bowfinger, it is a stupid idiotic film, which works. I thought it was terrific. Steve Martin (who wrote the film) plays the part of a hopeless director perfectly. While the other main star Eddie Murphy, again pulls off another great double as both Kit and Jiff Ramsey. Is there an end to this guys talent? i look forward to seeing Nutty Professor 2 soon. Heather Graham was again at her sexy best as Daisy. The other stand out actor for me in this film was Terrence Stamp. Can you remember him from Superman 2? That's right he was General Zod and in Bowfinger he is Terry Stricter, Kit's Councillor. His role was also well done. A final mention to one star, but with four legs, Mindy (aka Betsy) who was used perfectly. Animals who star on any movie or TV show have a special talent, this dog is no exception. Bowfinger is also a movie within a movie, which at any time must be hard to shoot, but thanks to Aussie director Frank Oz, Bowfinger comes out beautifully. Bowfinger Scores 3.5/5 Stars or 7/10. If you want a laugh see this wild, funny comedy!




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