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Ivansxtc (2000)

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Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Beckman
Don West
Danny McTeague
Barry Oaks
Charlotte White
Alison Taylor ...
Nurse Jackie
Joanne Duckman ...
Marcia Beckman
Robert Graham ...
Sid Beckman
Rosemary Kramer
Naomi (as Sarah Goldberg)
Lucy Lawrence (as Morgan Vukovic)
Jay Lavender ...
Carol Rose ...
Judy Tarzana
Steve Dickman ...
Wendy Rhoads ...


Ivan Beckman, Hollywood's most sought after talent agent, the darling and crown prince of La-La Land is dead. How and why did it happen? Was it drugs, murder or excess, or perhaps something altogether more mundane? We begin with an ending and then catapult back a number of days to the apex of Ivan's brilliant career as he bags international megastar Don West onto his company's books, and then charts the highs, lows (and they are so very low) and extreme excesses of his final days. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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19 July 2002 (UK)  »

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Ivans xtc.  »

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$5,544 (USA) (14 June 2002)


$21,378 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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[Upon hearing of Ivan Beckman's death]
Don West: What, did he freebase his face off?
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Drugs and power in Hollywood
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The box copy for this movie suggests some kind of mystery, but don't be mislead. This is a morality drama about Hollywood deal-making at its most soulless and cynical. Peter Weller gives an unflinching performance as a high-powered star who steamrolls people, talking over them, repeating himself just in case the message didn't penetrate the first several times, making no effort to listen, and occasionally trying to justify his actions but never apologizing for his arrogance or boorishness. Danny Huston plays his agent with a painted on smile, trying to make everybody happy to get The Deal to come together, and greasing the wheels with cocaine and vodka. Huston is dying, but he puts on a happy front for the sake of the picture and knowing that the heartless, selfish people around him wouldn't care anyway. His death leads to professional complications for his agency, but little actual mourning. Indeed, it is a moment of supreme irony when his sister takes the large turnout at his funeral to be a sign of how well loved he was, while egos clash in the back of the church! The film is shot in a very documentary fashion: tight camera placements, roving camera, swish pans from one character to another. It plays like an episode of COPS, but with Hollywood power brokers at its center rather than deputies, and the look and the details of life at a big shot talent agency makes the movie seem convincing on a superficial level, but not particularly compelling dramatically. There are few original characters or situations here. The movie is good enough for its type but there is little here that seems fresh or even all that interesting.

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