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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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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
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Young Robert
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Rafer Weigel ...
Robert
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Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
Tricia Cruz ...
Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley ...
Astrid
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Bill
Michael Altman ...
Eden Waiter
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Storyline

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

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

The credit "The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner in "William Shatner vs. the World Crime League'" is a reference to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), which featured a similar credit at the end of the film, referring to a never-made sequel that appears to have been retooled by John Carpenter into Big Trouble in Little China (1986). The original "World Crime League" reference seems to be a nod to a similar credit at the end of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975). See more »

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The movie takes place in 1998 just before Mark's 30th birthday party, putting his birthday in 1968. However, in the flashback scene of Mark trying to get into Star Trek: The Motion Picture Mark says his age is 12 when asked by the women in the ticket stand, despite the fact that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in 1979 and the movie itself says 19 years earlier. This would make Mark already 30 by the time the film is taking place in 1998. See more »

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Mark: A musical Julius Ceasar is quite possibly the worst idea I've heard since New Coke.
Robert: Jesus Christ, no kidding. My girlfriend bails on me and then I find out that the man I've idolized since I was two turns out to be a raving loon! I can't believe my life.
Mark: I usually can't believe your life either. But Shatner's dementia is no reason to give up the gospel of the original series!
Robert: Ok the man that we just met is not the man who invented the Corbomite Manuever, or the man who almost died defeating the...
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Robert Meyer Burnett dedicates this film in memory of the works of the late, great Stanley Kubrick. "Viddy well." See more »

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Surprisingly good and satisfying!
15 November 2002 | by (Tustin, California) – See all my reviews

When this movie was in theaters I thought I might watch it because I was a Star Trek Fan, but decided not to put much effort into it because it appeared to be about lonely geeks obsessed with Sci-Fi.

I was wrong.

Free Enterprise is a remarkably funny film featuring interesting, respectable characters who are professionals, AND love Star Trek.

This movie is for all those guys out there who have girlfriends, who don't dress as Mister Spock, or live in their parents' basement amid tons of old comic books, but are still Star Trek fans.

But fans aside, this is a really well crafted comedy. It's not for kids, but just about anyone else will be able to find something to like in it. It's a very atypical screwball comedy with a lot of intelligence within it.

Whether you're a Sci-Fi fan or a Sci-Fi detractor, it makes no difference. This is a smart, funny film with something to love. Give it a shot.


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