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The Independent (2000)

R | | Comedy | 12 March 2000 (USA)
A notorious B-movie director tries for a comeback by seeking out the film rights to the life story of a serial killer who wants his biography film to be a musical.

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Morty Fineman
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Paloma Fineman
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Ivan
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Himself
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Son
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Daughter
Herb Marcus ...
Old Man / Mr. Witz
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Ms. Kevorkian
Stephen Kessler ...
Steve
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Documentary look at Morty Fineman, a prolific maker of schlock independent films, who's down on his luck. Actors, directors, and writers, including Ron Howard and Karen Black, comment on his work, we see clips from some of his 427 titles, and we watch Morty try to get financing for a film about a serial killer. He hires his daughter, Paloma, as his business manager. His A.D., the long-suffering Ivan, stays by his side. Morty owes the bank $10 million from his one blockbuster failure. Can he find the financing, or is it time for Morty to retire. Meanwhile, Ivan hooks Morty up with a new film festival, in Chaparral, Nevada. Is this the ticket to renewal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Morty Fineman. Artist. Visionary. Madman.

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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$11,695 (USA) (30 November 2001)

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$238,431 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Richard Paul's last film. See more »

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Ted Demme: I think Morty is a visionary.
Roger Corman: I think Morty was and is an artist.
Ron Howard: He's an innovator.
Karen Black: Very persistent. And you have to love him for that.
Peter Bogdanovich: Morty would try things, and then 2 years later someone would copy it and win an Oscar for it.
Fred Williamson: This is the only man that I've ever worked with that I feel I can't take.
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The titles of all 427 of Morty Fineman's films are shown along with the end credits. See more »

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Woody Allen's HOLLYWOOD ENDING pales by comparison...
16 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

First came Minnelli's THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, then Blake Edward's caustic S.O.B., ...but it took another decade before a great comedic film-maker succeeded on his compelling "take" on Hollywood: Steven Kessler's THE INDEPENDENT!

Although the film's been mired in some degree of legal uncertainty, someday-- as a bar of Ivory Soap rises to the surface, (no matter where you put it!), this riotous look at low-budget, sub-Corman/ par Troma film-making will make it to cable and DVD!

You'll laugh so much..., well, don't forget to pick up the Depends after you leave Blockbuster!

I was lucky enough to see it at a festival screening, and I hope you can, someday, see it, too.


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