Free Enterprise (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 June 1999 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer ...
Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin ...
Ticket Taker
Young Kevin
Marilyn Kentz ...
Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein ...
Young Robert
Rafer Weigel ...
Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
Tricia Cruz ...
Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley ...
Michael Altman ...
Eden Waiter


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Свободна инициатива  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Phil LaMarr's character is based on Eric Wallace. According to LaMarr, the real Eric is so loud and excitable that LaMarr had to resist doing an impression of Eric when playing him. See more »


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 »


Robert: Joy unto you, peace and serenity, you are not of the body, would you calm the fuck down already?
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Crazy Credits

Coming Soon: The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner in "William Shatner vs. the World Crime League" See more »


References Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) See more »


She Sells Sanctuary
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Written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy (as Brian Duffy)
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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


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