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Cecil B. DeMented (2000)

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An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
Fidget's Mom
Petie (as Mike Shannon)
Fidget (as Eric M. Barry)
Zenzele Uzoma ...


In Baltimore, guerrilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented leads a band of cinema revolutionaries who kidnap Honey Whitlock, a bitchy and aging movie star of big-budget froth. Cecil wants her in his movie, a screed against Hollywood they film during blitzkrieg attacks on a multiplex, a Maryland Film Commission press conference, and the set of a "Forrest Gump" sequel. He insists on celibacy; the cast and crew channel sexual energy into the production. With a family-values coalition, aggrieved Teamsters, and the police on their trail, Cecil needs help from porno, kung-fu, and drive-in audiences. What about Honey? Will she bolt or refuse to act? Or will she hit her marks and light up the screen? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Demented forever! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »





Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. Demente  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$127,141 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$1,276,984 (USA) (20 October 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gun Cecil uses is the high powered Magnum Research/Israeli Military Industries Desert Eagle .50 AE. See more »


In the scene where the crew take over Forrest Gump 2, a hand grenade is thrown. The explosion occurs prematurely, before the grenade leaves view. See more »


Honey: Family is just a dirty word for censorship.
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Crazy Credits

The credits thank "Fred and Ginger" both insinuating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the dance duo, and "Fred e Ginger" a movie by Federico Fellini, paying homage to the duo. See more »


References Children of Paradise (1945) See more »


Written and Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Give it props for trying, but tries too hard
17 July 2002 | by (Atwater, CA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled onto this film on Showtime and since it had just started I watched it through. Knowing very little about it at the time the first impression was that it was a goofy 'B' grade comedy. It got a little darker than that but not much. I almost quit watching after the completely contrived situations got a little old, but I did like some of the characterizations even if they were mostly overdone, and some of those contrived situations were funny in any case. The film ended with much the same kind of goofiness that it began with. I give it a 7 for being different but the sort of movie I'd only watch one time.

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