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:

(Mono)| (Mono)| (Mono)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


With the move to DreamWorks from Orion, Woody Allen had to submit to budget cuts. One of the casualties was his regular editor Susan E. Morse. See more »


In the scene where they pitch the film to Val (about 16:30 into the film) the boom is visible in the mirror. See more »


Val: A tenth of a point after quadruple break-even! You are really a shark, Al.
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Featured in Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Dick Powell, Frances Langford, Johnnie Davis (as Johnny "Scat" Davis),
Gene Krupa & Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Turner Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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2 July 2003 | by (La La Land) – See all my reviews

Some of the one liners here are so hysterical, you will think about them long after the movie ends and still roar. This is a very funny movie and plays right into the audience expectation Allen is mocking in his script. After the war in Iraq, Woody's comment about "Thank God the French exist" is even more amusing than when he first wrote it. Yes Thank God for the French, they've made some funny movies too. And Thank God for people like Woody Allen. The world needs him. I love how his running trademark showing him with younger women still continues to upset certain members of both the public and critical elite. I think at his age, Allen can pretty much do and write what he wants. Personally, I enjoy the fantasy; it's a sly little dig against the morals of American culture, especially in the Ashcroft/Bush JR era. Older men and younger women have been around forever, and Woody definitely isnt the only one experiencing this condition, so get over yourselves, uptighters, and learn to laugh at life. The dumbing down of society (referred to often in the screenplay) is highly evident after the negative reactions this has received. It's only a movie; it's not the end of the world. You either get it or you don't.

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