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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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Herself
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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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Comedy

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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12 March 2000 (USA)  »

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$11,695 (USA) (2 December 2001)

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$238,431 (USA) (5 May 2002)
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Richard Paul's last film. See more »

Quotes

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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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Crazy Credits

The titles of all 427 of Morty Fineman's films are shown along with the end credits. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Spinal Tap of the B movie world
12 January 2001 | by (Tallahassee, FL) – See all my reviews

If you liked "This is Spinal Tap," you'll like this movie. It's shot and edited in a part documentary style, part narrative style, but the combination of styles is rarely noticeable; it's just enough to draw you into the world of Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller). Clips from Morty's films are some of the funniest parts of the movie, and they're included liberally throughout. Cameos from Roger Corman, Ron Howard, and others (playing themselves) discussing Morty Fineman's career and influence were also good. Teaming Jerry Stiller with Janeane Garofalo worked really well, in my opinion. Their different styles of comedy fit their characters very well. To be honest, I liked "Spinal Tap" more, but this is a very close second.


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