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

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Ivan Beckman
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Don West
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Charlotte White
Joanne Duckman ...
Marcia Beckman
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Amanda Hill
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Rosemary Kramer
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Constanza Vero
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Barry Oaks
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Francesca Knight
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Danny McTeague
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Marie Stein (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
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Lucy Lawrence (as Morgan Vukovic)
Crystal Atkins ...
Jessie
Alex Butler ...
Brad East
Robert Graham ...
Sid Beckman
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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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$5,544 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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$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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Referenced in I Really Hate My Job (2007) See more »

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Tristan and Isolde
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One of the most life affirming films I've ever seen.
7 January 2003 | by (Rainy Glasgow) – See all my reviews

This film is amazing. It begins by introducing a whole bunch of characters, including Danny Huston, none of whom have any redeeming features - scenes are frequently uncomfortable to the point of being cringe-inducing. It's when you realise that what everyone in the film is talking about is absolutely nothing or incredibly superficial to say the least is when you realise that what you're feeling is that there ARE no characters as such - they may as well be dead. They have nothing to say and when they do it's absolute worthless tosh. They are essentially characterless "characters". It's therefore impossible to feel any affinity, compassion or even empathy with anyone in the film - hence one's discomfort during viewing. And it's from this point of utter lifelessness that the film grows into one the most truly and deeply ALIVE films I've ever seen. Like one of those moments when you realise what you are when the clouds around your soul have been stripped off and you get a glimpse of your self. And it's pretty hard to put into words, but just like the guy from London who wrote the first review, my girlfriend and I were so stunned and emotionally moved into silence we didn't speak or rather just couldn't find WORDS that could justify what we'd just seen. I came out, sat in the foyer, said "what the f**k happened there?" and proceeded to smoke a cigarette knowing fine well I couldn't smoke there. (In light of the film, I think I just thought that stupid little humans' rules were often so pathetically insignificant they were laughable!) We were both absolutely amazed. But my advice is, of course, to see it yourself. Because after all, these are just words too.


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