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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal, Kit's Agent
Jerry Renfro
Sanchez (as Alejandro Patino)
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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 <>

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The con is on. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bowfinger's Big Thing  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£3,552,760 (UK) (26 November 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The L.A. freeway was shut down for 2 days for the sequence where Jiff runs across the freeway. See more »


The first shot that Bowfinger and his crew take for their movie of "Daisy" is clearly different than the one they play in the monitor. See more »


[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 »


References Glory (1989) See more »


After Hours
Written by Daniel May
Performed by Daniel May
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Another Smart Comedy from the Steve Martin Files...
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin scored a bullseye with BOWFINGER, a smart and cleverly mounted comedy, which Martin also wrote, which stars Steve Martin as Bobby Bowfinger, a down and out Hollywood producer on the verge of going out of business who gets hold of a script to produce and wants big time action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) to star in it. When Ramsey won't give Bobby the time of day. Bobby decides to shoot the film without Kit's knowledge or consent. This premise is a wonderful set-up for some very funny sight gags. Eddie Murphy is on target as Kit Ramsey and as a milquetoast lookalike hired to do Ramsey's stunt work and close-ups. Murphy delivers one of his funniest performances as the lookalike and there are other effective contributions from Heather Graham, Jamie Kennedy, Christine Baranski,Terrence Stamp, and Robert Downey, Jr. A smart and winning comedy about the inner workings of modern Hollywood with a great screenplay and starring performance by Martin and Eddie Murphy in the dual role of a lifetime.

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