Hollywood Ending (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 May 2002 (USA)
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A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.



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Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind. Written by <stuartkenny50@hotmail.com>

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It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug references and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ciego  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,017,981 (USA) (3 May 2002)


$92,283 (Brazil) (8 August 2003)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Woody Allen:  [credits]  opening credits are simple white typeface on black set to early period music. See more »


when Val Waxman recovers his sight in the park, the angle where the sun light hits the buildings in the background is different than the angle where the light hits Val and Ellie. See more »


Val: We once had a discussion about music and he threatened to push me down a flight of stairs.
Psychiatrist: What happened?
Val: It worked. He pushed me down a flight of stairs.
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References City That Never Sleeps (1953) See more »


It's Been So Long
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Edmond Hall
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Market
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Woody Allen's film is intelligent, charming and well acted
5 July 2003 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Ending[First-Viewing, TV](Woody Allen)- Woody Allen, Tea Leoni, Mark Webber, George Hamilton, Treat Williams

Woody Allen directs, writes and stars in this semi-comedy, semi drama film about a Hollywood director (Allen) who is directing a film, and meanwhile suddenly goes blind. Meanwhile he has to work with his ex-wife(Leoni) who is now dating the owner (Williams) of the studio producing the film. The film has its typical Woody Allen jokes, and delivers in its comedy portions, very funny at times. The plot is also very interesting, especially how Woody goes blind. The film has some very good points that even make much more sense now with what Bush is doing in the world (Woody says `Thank god for the french'). Teo Leoni gives a good performance, and Woody is his charming self, Woody fans will him in this one. Mark Webber also gives an interesting performance as Woody's son. Overall a fresh screenplay from Woody, with decent direction and good performances. 9/10

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