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Free Enterprise (1998)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 4 June 1999 (USA)
Two less than successful film producers, approaching mid-life crisis and clinging to their nerdy sci-fi obsessions, suddenly meet their idol: William Shatner.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mark
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Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer ...
Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin ...
Ticket Taker
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Young Kevin
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Richard
Marilyn Kentz ...
Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein ...
Young Robert
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Bully
Rafer Weigel ...
Robert
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Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
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Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley ...
Astrid
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Bill
Michael Altman ...
Eden Waiter
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Young filmmakers (Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack) trying to hawk a movie titled "Bradykillers" about a serial killer who goes after victims Marcia, Jan, and Cindy meet their screen idol, William Shatner. Shatner, appearing as himself, has fun poking fun at his own image. The two young men, who idolize him and in their fantasies have seen him as a shadowy fairy godfather figure, are alarmed at the reality of the middle-aged non-Captain Kirk man that they meet. However, their relationship helps anchor the two more into reality. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The Shat hits the fan See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Свободна инициатива  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,086 (USA) (4 June 1999)

Gross:

$30,193 (USA) (25 June 1999)
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Trivia

William Shatner originally turned down the role as himself. In the original script, Shatner was written as an imaginary mentor who would appear to Mark in times of trouble. But Shatner requested his character to be flawed and more human which is why he portrays himself as a pompous, lonely drunk in the film. The writers used several anecdotes told by Shatner. The original idea was kept in one scene in which appears to Mark as a child. See more »

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Suzanne asks for a 5-letter Star Wars planet, as a clue in a crossword. They answer Endor, which is mistakenly thought of as an error. However, Endor is the name of the planet. What is typically referred to as "Endor" is actually the forest moon of Endor. Several characters in Return of the Jedi do say "Forest moon of Endor." See more »

Quotes

Robert: I don't believe it. It's Bill.
Mark: Okay, just be cool, don't stare, you'll go blind.
Robert: And he's perusing porno. All right! I gotta go over there and talk to him, man!
Mark: A... wha... wha... no. All over the world, from as far off as the Caspian sea, people have been running up to Bill and acting like idiots. Why must you be one of them?
Robert: Because NOW it's MY turn! I mean, don't you want to go over there and talk to him and see what he's like? I mean William Shatner made us who we are today!
Mark: Do you want to ...
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Miami
Written and Performed by Jussi Tegelman
Additional Vocals by Kim Nail
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Like 'High Fidelity' for SF guys and the people who love them.
29 August 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I think the average viewer would be left cold by this movie, but for

those who have guys like this in their lives and perhaps have been

the 'geek'y female in their circle it's pretty cute. Also, Shatner rules.

As a chick who has spent part of the rent money on an original 12"

Boba Fett and spent adolescence keeping the one and only

Captain as her personal lord and savior, I totally recommend it. Its

place in film lore perhaps best belongs on Comedy Central on a

rainy Sunday afternoon, but sometimes that's enough.

I would have liked to seen more (or anything) done with the female

counterparts of these types of guys - many are not model types like

Claire but are interesting people in their own right. We're out there

searching for these guys while these guys are searching for

models who have our brains and sensitivities. (A wry, ironic, LOL

here.)


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