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Cecil B. DeMented (2000)

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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Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
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Pam (as Erika Lynn Rupli)
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Storyline

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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1 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,141, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,284,646
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1.85 : 1
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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

In the chase scene with the Baltimore PD, the left front tire of the police cruiser is shot causing it to go flat and the cruiser to crash into a movie theater box office. As the cruiser slams into the box office, the tire has miraculously been re-inflated. See more »

Quotes

Cecil's Mom: Well, that's what you get.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Seduction
Written and Produced by Carvin Knowles
Performed by The Sex-o-Rama Band
Courtesy of Oglio Records
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Waters' return to form
24 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

While I've enjoyed John Waters recent output, movies like Pecker and Serial Mom have played it a little to safe for my liking. It's great to think of middle-America watching any kind of Waters movie rather than pap like Pearl Harbor and The Mummy Returns, but these movies only give half the picture. While Cecil B. Demented isn't pure unadulterated Waters like Pink Flamingos, it is his best movie since Cry Baby, and a complete HOOT. Man, the sheer energy and humour of this movie, and the basic message of its love for REAL cinema, really pushed my buttons and left me grinning from ear to ear, and UP for a week afterwards! Hopefully someone out there is listening, 'gets it', and will check out some earlier Waters, and some of the work of Sprockets heroes, and their lives will be enriched forever.


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