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

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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

Although Eddie Murphy ran across the L.A. freeway, himself, without the use of a stunt double for the sequence which Jiff runs across the L.A. Freeway. The speeding cars were later adding in digitally. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene with Carol and Kit, she confronts him at an outdoor café, and the shots alternate between her standing upright and leaning a bit with her left hand on a chair. 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 Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Roger Ball, Alan Gorrie, Robbie McIntosh, Malcolm Duncan,
Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre (as Owen McIntyre)
Performed by Average White Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Record Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Bug Music, Inc.
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Martin and Murphy should team again!
30 September 2004 | by (Trenton, NJ) – See all my reviews

The remarkable thing about this film is that hardly ever has Steve Martin ever been so genuinely sympathetic without seeming clumsy about it. Believe me, this movie could have been over in the first few minutes if the writing hadn't started out so deliciously cynical. Immediately, I was hooked by the story of this downtrodden dreamer who endeavors to commit his life's savings to a hopeless cause. Forget about the weak (tacked-on) ending and the craziness for comedy's sake. This is a light character study worthy of a filmlover's earnest attention. Kudos to Murphy for the dual role-one a loving tribute to his inner child and the other a biting satire of his public image.


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