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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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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 forearmSee more »
Revealing mistakes: When they set Honey's hair on fire when atop of the building at the drive in theater, she's obviously wearing a badly-disguised wig/prosthetic in the wide shots.See more »
Honey:Raven, you know, you're a really pretty girl. You could escape from all of this madness.
Raven:Escape to what, Honey? I mean, my father is Zo-Zo, the three headed guard dog at the gate to hell.
Honey:Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"I'm Ready For My Close-up, Mr. Demented...", 2 April 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Mainstream movies and the studio system, as well as independent films and filmmakers, are sliced, diced, hammered and shredded by writer/director John Waters in his biting and funny satire, `Cecil B. Demented,' starring Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith. Railing against convention and adamant in his quest, a young man who wants to make a statement about bad movies, the way they're made, those who participate in these cinematic transgressions and those who flock to theaters to see the final product, dubs himself `Cecil B. Demented' and sets out to make a `real' indie film. Toward this end, he assembles a group of like-thinking would-be filmmakers and forms them into a lethal band of cinematic guerrillas he names the `Sprocket Holes,' and has them take jobs at and infiltrate a theater in Baltimore that is about to hold a lavish premiere of a new movie featuring Hollywood star Honey Whitlock (Griffith). Honey herself is scheduled to attend, and Demented's plan is to kidnap her and force her to star in his film, which will be shot `ambush' style, intruding upon real people and situations, rolling film and getting it in the can before anyone knows what happened. He hopes. Dedicated to making the kind of movie that should be made, the Sprocket Holes are not only willing to die for their art, but go so far as to take a vow to remain chaste until the film is completed.

`Demented' is by turns outrageous, violent and hilarious, and-- some would say, subjectively speaking-- that Waters pushes the envelope of good taste to the limit. But then again, he usually does, and it usually works. Anyone who knows John Waters' movies knows what to expect (indeed, anticipate), but those who come to his work unawares may be in for a jaw-dropping eye opener. When satire is done well it can cut both ways; this one is, and it does. Movies made by the studios for no other purpose than to make a buck, and which contain no artistic merit whatsoever are the obvious target of Waters' barrage, but so are the `auteur,' legends-in-their-own-minds `indie' filmmakers with a penchant for taking themselves too seriously. Along the way, Waters is having a laugh at himself, even as he laughs along with his fellow filmmakers at both ends of the spectrum, those at whom his shots are being fired.

As Demented, Dorff takes a somewhat over-the-top and highly energized approach to the character, in a performance punctuated with exclamation points. But he leaves no doubt in the mind of the viewer that he IS Cecil B. Demented. And you know that come what may, there's going to be no stopping him. Griffith, meanwhile, adds a nice touch as Honey, a character through whom we see all the transparencies of a Hollywood `star,' whose career has never been hampered by bad acting. Inured of a caustic and ego driven personality, she nevertheless manages to garner some sympathy as the story moves along and her vulnerable side is exposed. Griffith is perfect for the part, which is something of a good natured nudge in the ribs of her own image. As intended, it's just another instance of Waters pulling aside the curtain to reveal what is really behind the facade.

In a supporting role, Alicia Witt gives a memorable performance as Cherish, the porn star who sees her co-starring role with Honey in Demented's film as a way of legitimizing her career, while at the same time thumbing her nose at the industry that has for so long shunned her `talents.' The additional supporting cast includes Adrian Grenier (Lyle), Larry Gilliard Jr. (Lewis), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Raven), Jack Noseworthy (Rodney), Michael Shannon (Petie), Harriet Dodge (Dinah), Zenzele Uzoma (Chardonnay), Eric M. Barry (Fidget), Erika Lynn Rupli (Pam), Mink Stole (Mrs. Mallory), Patty Hearst (Fidget's Mother), Ricki Lake (Libby) and Kevin Nealon (Himself). A film that will definitely get your attention, `Cecil B. Demented' sets pretentiousness on it's ear by saying what most people think but rarely say due to the constraints of social protocol. Waters crosses some lines and doesn't pull any punches with this one, which may make it a bit hard for some to take; but movie lovers in general, and aficionados of independent film especially, should get a real kick out of it. It may be a bit skewed, but it's all a part of the magic of the movies. I rate this one 8/10.

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