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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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Lyle
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Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
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Raven
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Rodney
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Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
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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 »

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Rated R for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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2 August 2000 (France)  »

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Cecil B. Demente  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,474 (UK) (8 December 2000)

Gross:

ESP 31,768,470 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

The tattoos on the cast and crew are as follows:
  • Cecil - Otto Preminger - left forearm


  • Cherish - Andy Warhol - thigh


  • Lyle - Hershell Gordon Lewis - left breast


  • Pam - Sam Peckinpah - left arm


  • Chardonnay - Spike Lee - stomach


  • Lewis - David Lynch - knuckles


  • Fidget - William Castle - chest


  • Raven - Kenneth Anger - chest


  • Rodney - Almodovar (presumably Pedro) - right arm


  • Petie - Fassbinder - left forearm


  • Dyna - Sam Fuller - right forearm


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Goofs

After the Sproket Holes kidnap Honey, they leave the Senator Theatre, make a left in the next shot, then pass a Wendy's restaurant. That Wendy's is located on York Road in Govans, south of the Senator. They would not need to have turned. The two shots (the turn and the Wendy's) should have been reversed. See more »

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[takes a big sip from a chalice]
Raven: It's goat's urine. Want some?
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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 »

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Spoofs Patch Adams (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Opening Credit Theme
Written, Produced and Performed by Moby
Featuring samples from "Music for the Movies 1"
Written by Larry Hochman
Courtesy of V2 Records/ Mute Records/ Destiny Music Ltd.
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Oh well...
14 May 2003 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

I didn't take this too seriously, and I looked forward to it. It was occasionally inspired and had hilarious moments - brief, brief moments - but mostly was plodding. I add my 'aye' to all who questioned Melanie Griffiths ability in this film - I found her painful and less than useless. There are obviously some roles she can carry off with some sort of style (I'm not a big fan of hers in general), but this isn't one of them. I guess she could have MEANT to look like a brain damaged alien dropped down in the middle of (relatively) real people but for me it didn't work.

That said, if you love totally, consciously, trashy films, completely anarchic plot lines and very, very, very few production values, if any (I like plenty of "cheap" films, but most have an ounce of some sort of style) maybe you'll be one of the DeMented lovers. Otherwise, you might want to give it a miss.


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