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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 <>

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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?


The first Woody Allen not to receive a cinema release in the UK. 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: I love ya, scum bag.
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References The Full Monty (1997) See more »


Serenade in Blue
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Jackie Gleason
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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18 May 2007 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I am overwhelmed with the modern movies' aspiration to rely on new fashions. Thank God we have Woody Allen as a beacon of tradition and craftsmanship in the domain of movie-making. The movie is extremely funny and lacks all the nuisances which plague newer ones in order to make them more appealing to the main core audience nowadays: male teenagers. Woody Allen plays the role of an over-the-hill director which undertakes the mission of making a movie against the wishes of its producer.He receives a blow when he becomes blind right before the beginning of the shooting. The plot revolves around Allen's blindness, which is guarded as a secret by his agent, and the process of the filming with a blind director. I do not have to mention the many a hilarious moments this situation produces.

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