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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Long live guerilla film making! 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)


ESP 31,768,470 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The gun Cecil uses is the high powered Magnum Research/Israeli Military Industries Desert Eagle .50 AE. See more »


In an early scene before Honey is escorted to the premiere, Ricki Lake's character says "We'll be right with you," but her lips don't move. See more »


Honey: Cherish, this is America, you know. It's a free country. People can make bad movies if they so desire.
Cecil: Not anymore they don't!
Cherish: You think just cause you've made "real" movies you're better than me, don't you?
Honey: Oh, please.
Cherish: Do you know why I became a porno star?
[everyone in van groans]
Cecil: Cherish has recovered memory.
Cherish: When I was ten years old, my entire family fucked me under the Christmas tree.
Honey: I'm so sorry.
Cherish: Yeah, I bet you are... "jingle balls, jingle balls" my stupid brother started singing.
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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 Scream (1996) See more »


An Extra Piece of Dead Meat
Written by David Astor, Robert Bray, Joseph Karam, Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian
Performed by The Locust
Courtesy of Gold Standard Laboratories
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This movie is a 10...but,
14 February 2005 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It's not for the average movie fan. Cecil B. Demented is full of hidden clichés and retro-references that appeals to the warped viewer. The viewer who only sees movies with their 'significant other' will not appreciate this artistic production. The characters are almost toonish, but yet they are real. They are people you may have known, or at least viewed on the internet..eh. The colors are vivid as is the imagination. Waters leaves you wondering what he can think of next! Honey Whitlock is seductive, mature and yet willing and submissive to the abductor's plot. This does bring up memories of the Patricia Hearst kidnapping which appropriately she is in the movie. Hearst plays the role of Fidget's mother. And most of us guys can relate to Fidget. If you are a fan of underground movies, you will love this one!! Be careful who you refer this movie to, or they may put you in their prayers! It could polarize your next family get-together!

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