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Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 August 1999 (USA)
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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Slater
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Jerry Renfro
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Martinez
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Freddy
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Storyline

Forty-nine year old Bobby Bowfinger is the owner/president of a Hollywood-based production company, Bowfinger International Pictures. The company has yet to produce a film, Bobby's personal net worth is virtually zero, and the company only has $2,184 to its name, $1 invested into it personally by Bobby every week since he first decided he wanted to make a movie when he was a child. Bobby believes his fortunes will change when his accountant Afrim changes hats and writes a science-fiction alien invasion screenplay that Bobby thinks all studios will clamor for and has Oscar written all over it. He has a small stable of followers who support his vision in being part of this movie, which eventually includes Daisy as the lead actress, she a stereotypical small town girl looking to make it big in Hollywood. Having just arrived in town, she does not know her way around the Hollywood system,... except on her proverbial back. Bobby is not averse to telling bald-faced lies in his singular focus... Written by Huggo

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The con is on. 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)  »

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Bowfinger's Big Thing  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$66,365,290 (USA) (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

The license plate on Kit's limo reads 'MIND HEAD'. California plates only have 7 characters. 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 »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Go Deep
Written by Michael McGregor
Performed by Michael McGregor
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Master Source
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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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