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"Action" (1999) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1999-2000

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Action: Season 1: Episode 7 -- As he welcomes his daughter Georgia to the office on "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," Peter looks for someone to direct Beverly Hills Gun Club. After being turned down by a pair of twenty-two year-old twins whose hot new film is the talk of Hollywood, Peter sends Stuart and Wendy in search of elusive Oscar winner Titus Scroad. In the meantime, he continues to interview candidates including a Chinese action film director with no understanding of English and an aging director whose agent tries passing off as a much younger man.


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Release Date:
16 September 1999 (USA) See more »
In Hollywood you're only as good as your last flick, and Dragonfire Films exec Peter Dragon has hit... See more »
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 22)

Jay Mohr ... Peter Dragon (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Illeana Douglas ... Wendy Ward (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Jarrad Paul ... Adam Rafkin (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Jack Plotnick ... Stuart Glazer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Buddy Hackett ... Uncle Lonnie (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Lee Arenberg ... Bobby G. (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Fab Filippo ... Holden Van Dorn (6 episodes, 1999-2000)

Series Directed by
John Fortenberry (2 episodes, 1999)
John Whitesell (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Writing credits
Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Reo (3 episodes, 1999)
Will Forte (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
James Vallely (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ron Zimmerman (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Hamburger (2 episodes, 1999)
David Hamburger (2 episodes, 1999)

Series Produced by
Barry Katz .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Reo .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joel Silver .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chris Thompson .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Vahan Moosekian .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Nasser .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
James Vallely .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ron Zimmerman .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)

Brian Volk-Weiss .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Paul Buckley (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jonathan Wolff (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Film Editing by
Jonathon Braun (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ivan Ladizinsky (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Casting by
Brett Benner (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Debby Romano (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Production Design by
Carlos Barbosa (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Set Decoration by
Kristin Peterson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Costume Design by
Jane Janiger (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Makeup Department
Susan Kelber .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Martha Preciado .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Michael Reitz .... hair designer: Illeana Douglas (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Jeffrey M. Zeitlin .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scottie Gissel .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brad Michaelson .... first assistant director (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Richard T. Schor .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1999-2000)

Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Thomas R. Cahill .... property master (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dennis Winters .... set dresser (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser (9 episodes, 1999-2000)

James Diggs .... lead painter (unknown episodes)
Holiday Landa .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jared Scardina .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Robert Crozier .... sound editor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Fowler .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bob Arons .... sound effects editor (11 episodes, 1999-2000)

Kami Asgar .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Bryan M. Cahill .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... technician: Steve Johnson's XFX (unknown episodes)
John R. McConnell .... pre-visualization: XFX Inc. (unknown episodes)
Steve Newburn .... technician: Steve Johnson's XFX (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Newburn .... light board operator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
David A. Santos .... dolly grip / grip (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Duffield .... key grip (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary Haselbusch .... gaffer (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Charles Papert .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael-Ryan Fletchall .... crane operator (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Russell McElhatton .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2000)

Bonnie Blake .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Louie DeMarco .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Rocky Ford .... grip (unknown episodes)
John Waldo .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Robyn Owen .... casting associate (1 episode, 1999)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Sussman .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1999)
Series Editorial Department
Dan Judy .... colorist (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Anthony J. Rivard .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 1999-2000)

John Allen Ross .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Warren Zevon .... performer: theme song (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jack Diamond .... music editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... production driver (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jim Petti .... transportation captain (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
J. Wesley Adams .... transportation captain (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Other crew
Esther Himbaugh .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Eric Allan Lev .... production staff / assistant: Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ed Lippman .... location manager (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa Resnick-Doty .... production staff / assistant: Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Oliver Barnett .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Will Forte .... story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jordan Graubard .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Hamburger .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Hamburger .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joshua Krist .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brittany Levin .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa Martley .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Diane Mercer .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Julie Miller .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Cynthia Mariela Muñoz Jugo .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Ross .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Benjamin Scissors .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brian Volk-Weiss .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michelle Wilkerson .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary J. Charlton .... production accountant (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Lonano .... production staff (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Anthony J. Rivard .... production staff (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andy Pancho .... production staff (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Evo Rondini .... production staff (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jamie McGuire .... production staff (5 episodes, 1999)
Zoran Rakovic .... production staff (4 episodes, 1999-2000)

Kelli Sample .... assistant: Gil Junger (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

The character of Stuart Glazer was originally conceived by Chris Thompson as a 'young black queen' named Jamaal 'J.J.' Jones.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Getting Into the Action (2006) (V)See more »
Even a Dog Can Shake HandsSee more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Even a dog can shake hands...", 10 November 2002
Author: Victor Field from London, England

The continuing story of high-pressure Joel Silver-type movie producer Peter Dragon's battle to produce a make-or-break actioner called "Beverly Hills Gun Club" in view of obstacles from financing through to the writer (who in true Hollywood fashion is nearly always at the short end of the stick) to his cast, with hilarious consequences. Seriously.

Shot on film without a laugh track and with enough strong language and adult content (such as Sandra Bullock berating our hero for making a tape of the two of them having sex and selling it as "While You Were Sleeping On My Face") to irritate America's Bible Belt and get it dropped after eight episodes - at the end of one episode our hero mentions that a show like this could be a big hit in a good time slot (in Britain it was given an even worse slot; Channel 4 never showed it before midnight. Isn't it ironic, don't you think?) - "Action" is often crude and continues Hollywood's apparent unwillingness to glamourise itself as much as everything else, but it's very, very funny if you can get all the references, with a nice line in caustic insults from Dragon. My favourites: Dragon seeing the pretty but overweight blonde MAW Reagan Busch (a funny name in itself) and pointing out to the writer, "Yeah, she's got a cute face... ON TOP OF BRIAN DENNEHY'S BODY!!!" (This can be seen as a comment on Hollywood body fascism, because she isn't really that fat. Which is not to say that when we see her post-liposuction it isn't nice...), and his suggestion that Matt Damon winning an Oscar was the first sign of the Apocalypse.

Harlan Ellison said of "Bracken's World," "It has the evil fascination of rotting fruit. And smells about the same." I think he'd have kinder opinions of this short-lived gem. And remember, Silver may have produced "The Matrix," but he also did "Xanadu"...

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