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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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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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Trivia

The character of Daisy (played by Heather Graham) is a thinly veiled jab at actress Anne Heche. Like Daisy, Heche is from Ohio, and, also like Daisy, Heche was briefly romantically involved with significantly older man Steve Martin. Daisy's last lines about being involved with "the most powerful lesbian in Hollywood" are a reference to Heche's relationship at the time with Ellen DeGeneres. See more »

Goofs

When Afrim and the LA Cop pull Kit over at the end of the movie, the LA Cop gets out of the car first. When we cut back to the car to see Afrim getting out, the LA Cop sitting in the car talking on the radio. 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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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 sort of sillier modern day version of Ed Wood.
23 July 1999 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy team up to bring us this quirky comedy that's short on story but big on laughs. I attended a press screening of Bowfinger, not quite sure what to expect, and although I was amused by the silly antics, I felt as if the film's main goal was to make a statement or two about Hollywood and what it takes to get a movie made. First of all, while Eddie Murphy is in the film quite a bit, this is definitely Steve Martin's movie. I left the film feeling that Eddie was not much more than funny set dressing rather than being a star. Martin plays Bobby Bowfinger, a washed up film director who gets a script from one of his employees that he feels is great movie material. He soon realizes that the only way anyone will pick this film up is if he gets a big name star for the lead. His focus turns to Kit Ramsey, played by Murphy, who happens to be the hottest star in Hollywood. But Martin fails to get Ramsey behind the film, even though in some ways this is just the kind of script Ramsey wants. So Bowfinger decides he'll shoot the film's scenes with Ramsey, even though Ramsey doesn't realize he's in the shot, by having his actors walk up to him in public and say their lines as if they're playing out the scene. This works for a while, but soon Ramsey gets freaked out by all the strange behavior, and hides with his friends at the manipulative Scientology-like center, which is headed by Terance Stamp. In the meantime, Heather Graham's character, a struggling actress, begins to sleep with every member of Bowfinger's crew, including Bowfinger, in an attempt to increase the length of her scenes. With Ramsey in hiding, Bobby casts a look-alike to fill in for his scenes, only this guy, portrayed as the ultimate nerd by Murphy, can barely stand still much less play his scenes. The movie goes from one silly scenario to another without having much direction with the story, all the while keeping the audience amused. But I got the feeling I had seen all this before, with Tim Burton's Ed Wood, and once I reached the end of the film, I knew I had. So in closing, there's nothing really new here, and not a lot of story to analyze, but plenty of laughs. Bowfinger is an amusing and entertaining comedy, but I can't help but feel that it falls short of it's true potential. Not a bad film, but not a great one either.


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