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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 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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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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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Imaginary William Shatner: I'm not really here. I'm one of the top ten imaginary friends kids have. Just behind John Travolta, Reggie Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
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SPECIAL THANKS: Queen Starsha of Iscandar Seldon Institute of Psychohistory Xavier's Institute of Gifted Youngsters Karova Milk Bar Yonada (the store, not the asteroid) WWII Hero Pug Henry See more »

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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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The Great Bank Robbery
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Jerry van Rooyen
Artist Courtesy of Crippled Dick Hot Wax!
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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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