The Independent (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  12 March 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morty Fineman
Paloma Fineman
Herb Marcus ...
Old Man / Mr. Witz
Ms. Kevorkian
Stephen Kessler ...


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

12 March 2000 (USA)  »

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King of B-Movies  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,695 (USA) (30 November 2001)


$238,431 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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Richard Paul's last film. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Spoofs The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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Satire Worth Seeing
4 July 2003 | by (Huntington, New York) – See all my reviews

This sleeper has been overlooked. It is frequently funny with many illustrations of real wit. If you're a fan of indie-flicks, then there's much to enjoy here, not least of which are unexpected cameos by industry names.

Plus, despite what others have said, there is a narrative based on the characters' familial relations. That, and quality acting from the leads (especially Jerry Stiller, who'll surprise you with his convincing portrayal) make this satire well-worth watching.

I found this on cable and learned it's not been released on DVD. Let's start lobbying for that!

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