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Mark A. Altman (writer) &
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Release Date:
4 June 1999 (USA) See more »
The Shat hits the fan See more »
Two less than successful film producers, approaching mid-life crisis and clinging to their nerdy sci-fi obsessions, suddenly meet their idol: William Shatner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eric McCormack ... Mark

Carl Bressler ... Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer ... Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin ... Ticket Taker

Brandon Kleyla ... Young Kevin

Thomas Hobson ... Richard
Marilyn Kentz ... Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein ... Young Robert

Mickey Cassidy ... Bully
Rafer Weigel ... Robert

Jennifer Sommerfeld ... Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
Tricia Cruz ... Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley ... Astrid

William Shatner ... Bill
Michael Altman ... Eden Waiter

Jonathan Slavin ... Dan

Phil LaMarr ... Eric
Spencer 'J.J.' Bates ... Toys R' Us Kid
E.C. Burke ... Eden Manager (as Eric Burke)

Patrick Van Horn ... Sean

Lori Lively ... Leila

Mandy Ingber ... Munchkin Beth
Diane Guthman ... Bistro Waitress

Ellie Cornell ... Suzanne Crawford
Dick Burnett ... Dick - The Bartender
Diana Cignoni ... Illa
Sharon Leibowitz ... Sharon
Audie England ... Claire

Andrea Evers ... Cartoonsville Waitress
Austin Bates ... Cartoonsville Boy
Mirta Bates ... Cartoonsville Mom
Stacy Rosman ... Beach Babe Bimbo

Daniel Schweiger ... Schweiger
Dave Parker ... Parker

Shawn Pelofsky ... Jerry's Waitress

David Starzyk ... Brian
Keira De Anda ... Menage Girl

Mark A. Altman ... Cousin Ira (as Mark Altman)
The Rated R ... Rated R
Mark Gottwald ... Groover
Michelle Meyer ... Outraged Patroness

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Marlena (as Deborah Van Valkenberg)
Meika Cooper ... Café Hostess

Joey D. Vieira ... Hal Pittman
Harry Werksman ... Harry
Gabrielle G. Stanton ... Gabrielle (as Gabrielle Stanton)

Holly Gagnier ... Laura Hafermann
Randy Callahan ... George

Alan Spencer ... Obsessed Fan

Daren Dochterman ... Tiberius
Natalie Joy ... Space Age Waitress
Dan Madsen ... Alexander
John Baker ... Rated's Back-Up Singer
Frank Parker ... Jamaican Singer (also as Frankie Culture)

Freddie Rhone ... Rated's Posse
Lionel Randolph ... Rated's Posse
Lawrence Perteet ... Rated's Posse
Keith Lawson ... Rated's Posse
Orlando Myrick ... Rated's Posse (also as Dulow)
Lamont Kelly ... Rated's Posse (also as Mont'e)
Rodey McKnight ... Rated's Posse
Lashunda Williams ... Rated's Posse
John John ... Rated's Posse (also as Hit 'Em)
Jag ... Rated's Posse (as Jag and Dreamer)
Dreamer ... Rated's Posse (as Jag and Dreamer)
Tia ... Rated's Posse
Deandre Tadlock ... Rated's Posse
Norman Tadlock ... Rated's Posse
Blue ... Rated's Posse
Russell Young ... Andrew
Tyler Binkley ... Curly Blonde Kid
Michael Everett Anderson ... Young Movie Robert
Jeff Bond ... Additional Voices (voice)

Lukas Kendall ... Additional Voices (voice)
Steven Melching ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Steve Melching)
Melissa Pokorski ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Salamoff ... Additional Voices (voice)
Brooke Vimtrup ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David de Vos ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Chase Masterson ... Herself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Meyer Burnett 
Writing credits
Mark A. Altman (writer) &
Robert Meyer Burnett (writer)

Produced by
Mark A. Altman .... producer
Dan Bates .... producer
Ellie Cornell .... executive producer (as Ellie Gottwald)
Mark Gottwald .... executive producer
Allan Kaufman .... producer
Ron Singer .... line producer
Original Music by
Scott Spock 
Cinematography by
Charles L. Barbee 
Film Editing by
Robert Meyer Burnett 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
Production Design by
Cynthia Halligan 
Art Direction by
Brent Mason 
Set Decoration by
Laurel Hitchin 
Costume Design by
Ann Gray Lambert  (as Ann Lambert)
Makeup Department
Lily Girning .... hair assistant
Lily Girning .... makeup assistant
Darlene Lawrence .... hair stylist: William Shatner
Amanda Llewellyn .... hair stylist
Amanda Llewellyn .... makeup artist
Michele Lewis .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Cynthia Huffman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Callahan .... second assistant director
James Grayford .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael Bowen .... swing gang
Devin Clark .... swing gang (as Devon Clark)
Sean Fanning .... graphic designer
Larry Grossman .... property master
Trevor Moynihan .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Robert Backus .... boom operator
John Baker .... dialog editor
Alex Blatt .... foley artist
John Bogosian .... sound effects editor
Keith Burhans .... dialogue editor (as Keith Burhan)
James H. Coburn IV .... production sound mixer (as James Harrison Coburn IV)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound re-recording mixer
Janet McCabe .... foley artist
Chris Roy .... foley artist
Jeff Sawyer .... sound consultant: Dolby
Jussi Tegelman .... supervising sound editor
Galen Walker .... dialogue conforming editor
Art Wood .... adr recordist
Jussi Tegelman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mike Chisman .... special effects assistant
George Phillips .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Mickey Cassidy .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts (as Mark DeAllassandro)
Jim Hardy .... stunts
Will Leong .... stunts
Lisa McCullough .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Sam Sargent .... stunts
Tim Sargent .... stunts
Charles A. Tam .... stunt coordinator (as Chuck Tam)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Bone .... grip (as David Bone)
Craig Delaney .... key grip
Jon Delaney .... grip
Manny Duran .... grip
Anthony Gregory .... electrician
Jay Holben .... chief lighting technician
Harry Hope .... grip
Jeffrey G. Hunt .... steadicam operator (as Jeffrey Hunt)
Ryan S. Jackson .... assistant camera (as Ryan Jackson)
Craig Lerner .... electrician
Luke Louderback .... electrician (as Luke Lauderbach)
Dave May .... camera operator: second unit
Rob McPeters .... best boy grip
Tom Muscatine .... clapper loader
Kjell Nilsson .... rigging grip
Jeff O'Cello .... electrician
Al Ortega .... still photographer (as Albert Ortega Jr.)
Jeff Rane .... assistant still photographer
Darryl Rue .... grip
Peter Shultz .... electrician (as Peter Schultz)
Aaron Steffens .... best boy electric
Tony Thomas .... dolly grip (as Tony 'T-Bone' Thomas)
Tom Van Otteren .... jib operator
Sean Weber-Small .... second assistant camera
Tom Muscatine .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Scott Christian Sava .... animator: title animation (as Scott Sava)
Casting Department
Meg Bloom .... casting consultant
Sara Neshat .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clare MacCarley .... wardrobe supervisor
Michelle Meyer .... wardrobe assistant
Heather Small .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Matt Mischel .... negative cutter
J.F. Kinyon .... additional post-production services (uncredited)
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Allan Kaufman .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Tim Best .... driver
Rocky Croquette .... transportation captain (as Rocky Choquette)
'Buffalo Bill' Freeman .... transportation coordinator
Roger Greer .... driver: honeywagon
Gary Nielsen .... driver (as Gary Neilson)
Other crew
John Arbogast .... park ranger
Rudy Arellanes .... set security coordinator
Glenn Arnold .... consultant
Rafael Aumente .... title sequence (as Rafa Aumente)
Carolyn Ceglia .... caterer
Jan Citron .... teacher
Hernan Drago .... production assistant
Andrew R. Gardiner .... location assistant (as Andrew Gardiner)
Tony Giron .... production assistant
David Graf .... fire safety officer
Kim Marie Hayes .... production coordinator
Anna Hurtado .... craft service
Craig Hyland .... technical complicity
Steven Johnson .... insurance
Dan Katzman .... production consultant
Brandon Krisch .... production intern
Jeremy Levy .... park ranger
Jessica Claire Mandlebaum .... talent coordinator: youth
Brian McGhie .... caterer
Pablo Ortiz .... set security
Samantha Pearson .... stand-in
Jonathan Persky .... location manager
Javier Pimentel .... park ranger
Pegeen Quinn .... location assistant
Carlos Rodriguez .... key production assistant
Kip Rolfe .... set security
Steve Salters .... production assistant
Michael Schraner .... police officer
Mike Scolaro .... park ranger
Will Smith .... production assistant
Ryan Tower .... utility stand-in
Erneston Ybara .... park ranger
Joshua Zeller .... post production intern
Tracy Zigler .... script supervisor
Victoria Adrian .... grateful acknowledgment: International Promotions
Maria Alonte .... special thanks
Greg Aronowitz .... grateful acknowledgment
Suzanne Bennett .... thanks
Paul Colichman .... special thanks
Gene L. Coon .... acknowledgement: the forgotten Gene
Tony Curtis .... grateful acknowledgment
Lorenzo di Bonaventura .... special thanks
Diane Eisenberg .... grateful acknowledgment
Danny Elu .... grateful acknowlegement: Upp Entertainment (as Dan Elu)
Randolf S. Mendelsohn Esq. .... special thanks (as Randolph S. Mendelshon)
Jenny Grimm .... grateful acknowledgment: International Promotions
Laura Hafermann .... grateful acknowledgment
Mark Harris .... special thanks
Rebecca Isserson .... dedicatee
David Judaken .... grateful acknowlegement: Garden of Eden
Stephen King .... grateful acknowledgment
John Lambert .... special thanks
Fran MacCarley .... special thanks
John MacCarley .... special thanks
Melissa Madden .... grateful acknowledgment: Kiss
Chase Masterson .... special thanks
Doc McGhee .... grateful acknowledgment: Kiss
Nigel Pearson .... special thanks
Barbara Rich .... grateful acknowlegement: DC Comics
Stephanie Riggs .... special thanks
Gene Roddenberry .... special thanks
Chip Rosetti .... grateful acknowledgment
Carole Salkind .... special thanks
Morton Salkind .... special thanks
Gene Simmons .... special thanks
Gary Simon .... grateful acknowlegement: Warner Brothers
Chuck Speed .... special thanks
Alan Spencer .... special thanks
David Stern .... grateful acknowledgment: Universisal Studios
Carl Stubner .... special thanks
Linda Swick .... grateful acknowledgment: International Promotions
Dan Vebber .... grateful acknowledgment
Cynthia Von Suhr .... grateful acknowledgment
Jolie Von Suhr .... grateful acknowledgment
Mary Wagstaff .... special thanks
Chris Walker .... grateful acknowlegement: Pioneer Electronics
Eric Wallace .... grateful acknowledgment
Selesa Webster .... grateful acknowlegement: Photoflex
Kim Wilkenson .... grateful acknowledgment: Burt Lancaster Trust
David Willis .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for sexuality and language
113 min | 121 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Further, the credit "The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner" is a jibe at singer Prince, who for a period of time was known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" due to a conflict with his record company. Shatner's attempt at rapping Shakespeare in the movie includes many Prince song references.See more »
Anachronisms: When Bill is pitching the idea for his movie, the 2nd time he takes a drink (right after the waitress brings new ones) you hear ice rattle as he brings the glass up and then back down, but there's no ice in the drink he has.See more »
Bill:Guys, you gotta mix a little reality in with your imagination to achieve happiness in your life. And you've gotta overcome your programming - which in your case is a thirty-year-old television show.See more »
Movie Connections:
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Shatner is brilliant, but the rest is just a tedious Nrrdboy fantasy, 15 February 2002
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain

Robert Meyer Burnett's `Free Enterprise' is several movies all at once-unfortunately only one of them is interesting.

Film #1: The original and witty masterpiece. Two aspiring yet unsuccessful filmmakers run into William Shatner in a Hollywood bookstore. The two pop culture-obsesses slackers have both been Star Trek fanatics since birth and are appropriately awestruck by the realization of their dreams. They soon find out, however, that the real William Shatner is a pathetic, wacked-out loser who befriends the pair only because he thinks they can help him get backing for his latest film project, a 5-hour musical version of William Shakespeare's `Julius Caesar' in which he will play every role. And, in a very clever plot twist, it is not Captain Kirk who helps the two Trekkie nerds get their lives together, but the other way around. Everyone eventually finds love and fulfillment, and it all ends with William Shatner performing a kickass rap version of Marc Anthony's soliloquy.

Film #2: The painful movie. A tedious rip-off of `Swingers' in which two single guys and their friends experience the joys and anguish of dating, mating, growing up, and trying to hang onto their youth, yadda, yadda. ZZZZZZzzzzz. The twist is that in this version the hip CocktailVegasMoneyBabyHoneyDaddy culture has been replaced with the PopCultureComicBookMovieNerdStarWarsStarTrek fanboy culture. In fact, if not for this trading of Sinatra for Captain Kirk, the film would border on plagiarism.

Film #3: The Fantasy. In which guys who hang out in comic book stores also date myriad gorgeous Hollywood actress-models.

Unfortunately for those sucked in by the copy on the video and DVD packaging, the `Film #1' part of `Free Enterprise' only takes up about 10 or 12 total minutes of screen time.

Apparently, the people who marketed this film on video and dvd were the only ones involved in this project smart enough to know that the Shatner subplot, `film #1,' was the move that `Free Enterprise' really should be.

Obviously the majority of the film's storylines and amusing incidentals should have been relegated to subplots in support of `film #1'-ie, the relationship between the Nrrrds and William Shatner. An hour of Shatner, and maybe twenty minutes with the boys and their love problems, and we would have had a potentially fantastic movie.

And I don't want to sound like everything non-Shatner in the film is bad-it's not. It is amusing in spurts, and much better acted than most ultra-low budget flicks. Some of the dialogue is witty, with lots of funny pop culture references for thirty-sumpthin's. There is much goodness for those with a quick remote control finger. But I also have to say that a lot of the dialogue-and I mean a LOT-is dull, repetitious, and amateurishly unnecessary (I mean, really-after the scene in which the boys meet the real William Shatner only to find out he's a pathetic wacko, do we really need to hear this kind of dialogue in the following scene: `Hey, I get fired from my job, my girlfriend bails on me, I finally meet my childhood hero Captain Kirk, and he turns out to be a pathetic wacko! I can't believe my life!' This kind of sub-sitcom yak should have been left for the trailer.). Then again, the sight and sound of the William Shatner rapping Shakespeare while a crew of homies gits jiggy wit it behind him honestly is the height of brilliance. A lot can be forgiven for the filmmakers who made that happen.

So, someone in the biz needs to make Robert Meyer Burnett rich by purchasing the remake rights to `Free Enterprise' before William Shatner dies of old age. Maybe someone will even give Burnett the money to do it himself. But this time they need to go with `film # 1.'

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