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Cecil B. DeMented (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  2 August 2000 (France)
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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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Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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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

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: I have a vision!
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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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References Scream (1996) See more »

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Loopy
Written and Produced by Zoë Poledouris
Performed by XXXBombshell
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One could spend a unprofitable life being an apologist for John Waters' movies.
11 August 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

However-- there are many other activities that engage me: driving in mid-town traffic at rush hour; watching flies mate; and, of course, sitting through another screening of "The English Patient." Perhaps if Mr. Waters had seen "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" or any other spoof of the Hollywood film, he might have provided "Cecil..." with a plot line a little thicker than the veneer he chose to hide the rather insipid goings on in his most recent 'celebration' of studio film-making.( I am particularly struck by the way Steve Martin pulled it off in his parody of guerilla film-making.)It would have been a good idea if Mr. Waters' film had more of a back story. How, for instance, these fanatics became so strongly attached to Cecil. His efforts to provide any sense of the characters' dementia is at best superficial and unconvincing. Well, Baltimore is an ugly city, and it got an ugly film to help boost its tourism. So be it. "Cecil B. Demented" is one more thing you can blame on the French. But the blame for poor "Cecil" you can lay at the feet of John Waters. --Trago M.


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