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
Charlotte White
Joanne Duckman ...
Marcia Beckman
Amanda Hill
Rosemary Kramer
Constanza Vero
Barry Oaks
Francesca Knight
Danny McTeague
Marie Stein (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
Lucy Lawrence (as Morgan Vukovic)
Crystal Atkins ...
Alex Butler ...
Brad East
Robert Graham ...
Sid Beckman


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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Release Date:

19 July 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ivans xtc.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


Fantasie in F minor
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Ultimately, deeply moving
8 August 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie without any real knowledge of what it was about (other than some vague memory of having read a good review and quick peruse of the cover at the rental store).

The use of video tape (rather than conventional film), hand held work, some rough cuts and supports acting that treads a fine line between jarring and being naturalistic all took soem time to tune in to (too used to slick Hollywood narrative style!).

But it was certainly worth the effort.

Partly an acidic take on the Hollywood machine (cynicism, drug abuse,deference) but also a film about a man (Ivan) desperately seeking meaning in a world where he can find none. The final scenes, where Ivan seems to come to terms with his end take on a strange beauty.

The decision to run all the credits up front, save for the music and an 'in memory of' add to the final poignancy.

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