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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Melanie Griffith ... Honey Whitlock

Stephen Dorff ... Cecil

Alicia Witt ... Cherish

Adrian Grenier ... Lyle

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Raven

Jack Noseworthy ... Rodney

Mink Stole ... Mrs. Sylvia Mallory

Ricki Lake ... Libby

Patricia Hearst ... Fidget's Mom

Michael Shannon ... Petie (as Mike Shannon)

Kevin Nealon ... Kevin

Eric Barry ... Fidget (as Eric M. Barry)
Zenzele Uzoma ... Chardonnay

Erika Lynn Rupli ... Pam
Harriet Dodge ... Dinah

Roseanne Barr ... Rosanne (as Rosanne)

Eric Roberts ... Honey's Ex
Ray Felton ... Roy Stillings

John Michaelson ... Charles

Jewel Orem ... Maid
Bill Grimmett ... Mayor Adam Fenwick
Jeffrey Wei ... William
Sloane Brown ... Newscaster
Billy Green ... Child A
Mia Walker ... Child B
James Klingenberg ... Child C
Ginger Tipton ... Box Office Lady
Nathan Stolpman ... Ticket Taker
Melanie Gorombol ... Candy Counter Girl
Gary Wheeler ... Theatre Manager
Joyce Flick Wendl ... Puker
Tyler Mason Buckalew ... Teen Boy

Tara Garwood ... Charles Theater Girl

Marty Lodge ... Film Commissioner
James Byrne Reed ... Producer

Marlo Bernier ... Studio Executive (as Mark Bernier)
Patsy Grady Abrams ... Family Woman A
Rhea Feikin ... Family Woman B (as Rhea Feiken)
Shana Gelbard ... Family Woman C

Susan Lowe ... Family Lady A
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Family Lady B

Michael Gabel ... Film Delivery Driver

Mark Joy ... Fidget's Dad
Alan J. Wendl ... Security Teamster

Peter Gil ... Director

Eric Richardson ... D.P. Jean Pierre
Marybeth Wise ... A.D.
Cynthia Webb ... Large Lady (as Cynthia Webb-Manley)
Channing Wilroy ... Shop Steward
Dan Morgan ... Teamster

Delaney Williams ... Teamster

Frank Ferrara ... Teamster
Steve Mack ... Teamster

Michael Willis ... Teamster

G. Lee Fleming ... Sniffles
Scott Morgan ... Groupie
Tim Caggiano ... Porno Fan
Judith Knight Young ... Ticket Seller
Tyler Miller ... Fan A
Geoffrey I. Grissett ... Boy Fan
Brooke Houghton ... Girl Fan
Joshua Billings ... Drive-In Manager
Jeff Perryson ... Jock A
Terry McCrea ... Jock B

Conrad Karlson ... Psychiatrist

Rosemary Knower ... Cecil's Mom

Doug Roberts ... Cecil's Dad
Nat Benchley ... Swat Cop A
Dave Trovato ... Swat Cop B
Billy Tolzman ... Petie's Trick
Jonathan Fiorucci ... Raven's Groupie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Blumenstock ... Grip / Teamster
Eddie DePaola ... Police Sniper
Dennis Dermody ... Porn Movie Watcher
Oscar Haynes ... Cameraman
Richard Price ... Action Movie Fan

Anthony Wanzer ... Lawyer
Lindsey Willis ... Movie Premiere Attendee (as Lindsey Jarboe)

Michael Ahl ... Police Sniper (uncredited)

Ken Arnold ... Swat Team Member (uncredited)

Chris Ashworth ... News Camera man (uncredited)
Jonathan Boushell ... Drive-In Attendee (uncredited)

Christopher T. Chase ... Mayor's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Paul M. Clary ... Gaffer 'Gumped Again' (uncredited)

Jacques Derosena ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jeff Dignan ... Movie Premiere Attendee (uncredited)

Brian Donahue ... Teamster (uncredited)

Denny Dormody ... Moviegoer in Apex Cinema (uncredited)

Brian Dragonuk ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

David A. Dunham ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Dani Englander ... Bartender (uncredited)

Pamela Fischer ... Socialite (uncredited)

Mimi Fletcher ... Movie theatre patron; Panicked Drive-in Movie customer (uncredited)

Dan Franko ... Drive-In Rioter (uncredited)
Nasi Glekas ... Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
George Hulse ... Extra (uncredited)

Joe James ... Movie Patron (voice) (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Movie Producer (uncredited)
Phil Mallon ... Premier Cinemas Employee (uncredited)
Chilembwe M. Mason ... Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
Michael McKennitt ... Movie Producer (uncredited)

Michael Noel ... Movie Sequence Stalker (uncredited)
Jim Page ... Waiter in Kitchen (uncredited)
Chris Puls ... Extra (uncredited)
Alan Reese ... Extra (uncredited)
John Sadowsky ... Still Photographer (uncredited)

Ryan Slattery ... Jock (uncredited)

Mack Syler ... Electrician 'Gumped Again' (uncredited)
Richard Tovish ... Gumped Again Grip (uncredited)

Towanda Underdue ... Honey Hater / Cecil Fan (uncredited)

John Waters ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ron A. Williams ... Celebrity Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
John Waters 
Writing credits
John Waters (written by)

Produced by
Fred Bernstein .... executive producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... producer
Anthony DeLorenzo .... executive producer
John Fiedler .... producer
Pat Moran .... associate producer
Mark Tarlov .... producer
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Zoë Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Wolf 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Pat Moran 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
Art Direction by
Rob Simons 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
Makeup Department
Gina W. Bateman .... makeup artist
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup artist
Anne Marie Izner-Preston .... hair stylist
Amanda Johnson .... makeup artist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... makeup department head
John O'Brian .... assistant hair stylist
Howard 'Hep' Preston .... key hair stylist
Molly Stern .... makeup artist: Stephen Dorff (as Molly R. Stern)
Production Management
Molly Bradford .... post-production supervisor
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... unit production manager (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... first assistant director (as Benita Allen-Honess)
J. David Brightbill .... key second assistant director
Steve M. Davison .... second unit director
Dylan Hopkins .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barnaby .... set dressing lead man
Jennie Bell .... painter
Edward Bellafiore .... art department assistant
Steven Blake .... propmaker
Randy Bobbitt .... art department coordinator
Patty Burgee .... painter
William Catania .... set dresser
Bobby Deal .... paint foreman
Brian Deran .... painter
Brent Lee Farley .... propmaker
Susanna Glattly .... charge scenic
Wesley Goodwin .... propmaker
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon .... assistant property master
Ruth Grizzard .... painter
Eric Lichtfuss .... set dresser
Ted Lubonovich II .... propmaker
John Mills .... on-set dresser (as John 'Pumper' Mills)
Sheila Muccio .... set dresser
Ron Napier .... construction foreman
Ted Nolan .... propmaker (as Edward Nolan)
Scott T. Pina .... construction coordinator (as Scott Pina)
Lester Poser .... weapon specialist
Willy Richardson .... painter
Dale V. Swavely .... propmaker (as Dale Swavely)
Becky Weidner .... set dresser
Ricky Wright .... propmaker
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Rick Angelella .... production sound mixer
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue editor
Scott Cannizzaro .... additional adr recordist
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Ben Conrad .... foley recordist
Tobin Davis .... assistant dialogue editor (as Tobin John De Luca Davis)
Carol Everson .... boom operator
Grant Foerster .... machine room operator
Steve Fontano .... foley recordist
Anna Geyer .... assistant dialogue editor (as Ann Geyer)
Aura Gilge .... assistant sound effects editor (as Aura Belle Gilge)
Jesse Hammer .... adr mixer
Sondra James .... adr group mixer
Rick Kahn .... transfer room operator
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Bob Mellor .... cable
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Dan Olmsted .... sound re-recording mixer
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Hoku Uchiyama .... apprentice sound editor (as Chris Hokuala Uchiyama)
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... special effects assistant
David Blitstein .... special effects coordinator
Douglas Retzler .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer
Rik Panero .... system administrator (uncredited)
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt double: Honey
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... utility stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Brian Donahue .... utility stunts
Andy Duppin .... utility stunts
Tony Guida .... utility stunts
Mick O'Rourke .... utility stunts
Shawn Robinson .... utility stunts
Troy Robinson .... stunt double: Petie
Michael Russo .... utility stunts (as Mike Russo)
Keith Siglinger .... utility stunts
Tim Trella .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bartolomeo .... first assistant camera (as Jim Bartolomeo)
Jonathan Blandin .... best boy electric
Dean Citroni .... best boy grip
Dena Cruz .... video assist operator
Bob Dorsey .... director of photography: second unit
Max Fischer .... assistant camera
Rodney French .... key grip (as Rodney G. French)
Joseph E. Gallagher .... camera operator (as Joseph Gallagher)
Abbot Genser .... unit still photographer
Frank Gil .... grip
Gabriel Goodenough .... camera loader
David Insley .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Insley .... director of photography: second unit
Brian T. Leach .... grip (as Brian Leach)
Eric Martin .... electrician
Lauren Schaub .... second assistant camera
Josh Spring .... gaffer
Wes Sullivan .... electrician
Casting Department
Susan Allenback .... casting assistant (as Susan Allenbach)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
John Strawbridge .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Boyland .... set costumer (as Linda Boyland)
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Bebe Ferro .... set costumer
Rolande Glicenstein .... key costumer
Bruce Reik .... set costumer
Nava R. Sadan .... costumer: Ms Griffith
Editorial Department
Samara Levenstein .... apprentice editor
Andrew Pratt .... negative cutter (as Andy Pratt)
Bill Scott .... color timer
Andrew Weisblum .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Larry Benicewicz .... music consultant
Carl Bennett .... music consultant
Robb Boyd .... music editor
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Christopher Brooks .... executive music producer
Jerome Dillon .... musician: live drums
Todd Haberman .... assistant composer
Carvin Knowles .... composer: song "Seduction"
Basil Poledouris .... music score producer
Zoë Poledouris .... music score producer
Adrienne Zi .... music score producer (as Mi Kyoung Chaing)
Transportation Department
David Adams .... driver: Melanie Griffith
Charles Artley .... driver
Jim Collick .... driver
Lenny Davis .... driver
James Day Sr. .... driver
Steve Elgert .... driver
Sam Furrow .... driver
Stan Furrow .... driver
James Daniel Hubbard .... driver
Greg Jacobs .... transportation co-captain
Jerry H. Jordan .... driver
Barbara Kastner .... picture car coordinator
John W. Kirschke .... driver
Frank R. Matkins .... driver: Stephen Dorff
Stephen W. McDonough .... driver
Frank Metts Sr. .... driver
Francis Raimondo .... transportation coordinator
Wade Stout .... driver
Jennifer Weiland .... driver
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation coordinator (as Foard Wilgis)
Wayne Wright .... driver
Bruce Zamzow .... transportation captain
Other crew
Annie Noel Applegarth .... assistant location manager
Abby Bailey .... assistant production accountant
Mat Bainbridge .... set production assistant
Denise A. Beale .... set production assistant (as Denise Beale)
James M. Brothers .... construction medic
John Brothers .... construction medic
Laurie Cardonick .... assistant: Stephen Dorff
Lynda M. Clarke .... contracts administrator
Brian Cooper .... production secretary
John 'JR' Craigmile .... accountant
Debra Donaldson .... location manager
Michael Faulkner .... set production assistant
George Figgs .... projectionist
Rosemary Hygate .... assistant: Melanie Griffith (as Rosie Hygate)
Tudor Jones .... production assistant
Joy Kecken .... accounting assistant (as Joy Lusco)
Brian Maas .... legal services
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Elena Moscatt .... craft service
Chris Nicastro .... location assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Kate Reckner Ridgley .... assistant production coordinator
Gina Roose .... assistant: Mark Tarlov
Jevon Rousch .... production assistant
Roy Segal .... executive vice president: Saul Zaentz Film Center
Colleen Roome Shelton .... assistant: John Waters
Steve Shurtz .... general manager: Saul Zaentz Film Center
Karen L. Sirota .... production coordinator
Josh Slates .... production office assistant
Brandon Speace .... office production assistant
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: main titles
Scott Wallace .... set medic
Jeff Whittle .... transfer room supervisor
Zach Wolf .... adr loop group
Rob Coughlin .... electrician/grip assist. (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Christopher H. Myers .... double (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Catherine Batavick .... special thanks
Debbie Billings .... special thanks
Scott Fleischer .... special thanks
C. Richard Gamper Jr. .... special thanks
Jack Gerbes .... special thanks
Tom Kiefaber .... special thanks
Jack Machen .... special thanks
Deana Markowsky .... special thanks
Peter Schnitzler .... special thanks
Debbie Smith .... special thanks
Mike Styer .... special thanks
Beth S. Tarquint .... special thanks
Glenn Vanderlinden .... special thanks
D. Vogel .... special thanks
Ron Windsor .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Cecil B. the Cinema Wars" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use
87 min
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John Waters had an interview with him published before this film was made in which the headline referred to him as "Cecil B. Demented". Waters thought the title was too good to pass up.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Fidget:Hey, hey MPAA, how many movies have you censored today?See more »
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
a treat for movie lovers, 17 June 2001
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

All you `movie lovers' out there who are the genuine article, prepare to laugh – HARD! In `Cecil B. Demented,' famed off-Hollywood filmmaker John Waters has turned his attention to a subject that is obviously near and dear to his heart, and, in fact, near and dear to the hearts of all true lovers of movies everywhere. In his latest wild comedy, he has tackled the seemingly irreconcilable conflict that exists between the worlds of big budget mainstream Hollywood moviemaking and low budget, renegade independent cinema - a conflict that the latter always seems unfairly and unfailingly to lose. Waters certainly knows whereof he speaks - he, himself of course, being one of the great pioneers and icons of the underground film movement. He launched his directorial career and made a name for himself in independent film circles way back in the 1970's with such crude landmark underground classics as `Pink Flamingoes' and `Female Trouble.' Since that time, he has himself received some heat from diehard indie film purists who have considered him something of a sellout for producing offbeat but decidedly more `commercial' works like `Hair Spray,' `Cry Baby' and `Serial Mom, ` often with big name actors and actresses in starring roles. Yet, even with this more polished sheen, Waters' films have always retained that quality of outrageousness and that willingness to push the envelope that distinguish his vision from that of more mainstream filmmakers.

`Cecil B. Demented' is a particularly funny film for those who share Waters' outrage at the mass audience's seeming preference for the bland unoriginality of much of the product churned out by the cinema factory known as Hollywood and its seeming dismissal of the cutting edge experimentation and originality that define so much of independent filmmaking. And he lambastes a money-hungry industry that is all too eager and willing to supply the public with the big budget, special effects-ridden pablum it seems to crave. Or is it – in classic chicken-or-egg fashion – really the STUDIOS that condition the audience into thinking that those are the films that they want to spend their hard earned money to see? At any rate, Waters' clever parody follows a Patty Hearst-type storyline (as usual, Patty Hearst herself appears in the film) in which a group of bizarre, renegade independent filmmakers kidnap a Hollywood starlet (Melanie Griffith at her most likable) then force her to star in their reality-based new film which involves them filming themselves as they storm, guns blazing, into theatres that are showing putrid mainstream films, all in a righteous effort to bring commercial cinema to its knees.

`Cecil B. Demented' provides a rapid-fire onslaught of clever inside jokes lampooning both mainstream and independent filmmaking. Although his heart obviously lies with the latter, Waters also can remain objective enough to skewer some of the self-righteous pretentiousness that occasionally creeps into that type of filmmaking as well (he even shows that, as a director, he is damn good at staging one of those slick car chases he professes to abhor). Yet, as this clever parody plays itself out, most of us watching the film can't help but nod our heads in amused agreement with much of what he is showing us. In addition to the jokes themselves, Waters provides amusement with his sharply delineated comic characters each of whom satirizes a different aspect of the renegade subculture. We have, for instance, the maniacal, fanatical, single-minded director (delightfully played by Stephen Dorff) who sees himself as nothing less than the messiah sent to destroy commercial filmmaking and erect a cinema based on iconoclasm and originality in its place. We have all his devoted followers who run the gamut from Satanists to porn stars to punk rockers to straight hairdressers to gay truck drivers etc. Without question, much of the zestful energy that propels this madcap film forward comes from the dead-on performances of the actors and actresses in these roles.

Energy and originality are in fact the hallmarks of this film from start to finish. `Cecil B. Demented' may not be Waters at his most outrageous, but it provides loads of pleasure for film lovers who have been thinking many of the same thoughts that only Waters, in his uniquely humorous way, could effectively get across. Real movie lovers of the world unite! Cecil B. Demented is here to save the day!

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