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5 February 2002 (USA) See more »
This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dan Bucatinsky ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Norton ... Himself (archive footage)

Steven Seagal ... Himself (archive footage)

Steven Spielberg ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Drew Barrymore ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Roberto Benigni ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Cameron ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martha Coolidge ... Herself (uncredited)

Tom Cruise ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian De Palma ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patrick Goldstein ... Himself (uncredited)

Arthur Hiller ... Himself (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Kaye ... Himself (uncredited)

Nicole Kidman ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Spike Lee ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barry Levinson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Morrissey ... Himself (uncredited)

Liam Neeson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Rich ... Himself (uncredited)

Tim Robbins ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian K. Roberts ... Himself (uncredited)

John Singleton ... Himself (uncredited)

Oliver Stone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sharon Stone ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Benjamin Svetkey ... Himself (uncredited)

Steve Tisch ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Lesli Klainberg 
Produced by
Jessica Falcon .... executive producer: American Movie Classics
Julie Goldman .... executive producer
Maia Harris .... producer
Marc Juris .... executive producer: American Movie Classics
Lesli Klainberg .... producer
Ann Rose .... associate producer
Caroline Stevens .... executive producer
Original Music by
Douglas J. Cuomo 
Cinematography by
Ron DeVeaux 
Matthew M. Howe  (as Matthew Howe)
Peter Nelson 
John Simmons 
Film Editing by
George O'Donnell 
Production Management
Nancy McKenna .... executive in charge of production: American Movie Classics
Art Department
Theo Stewart Stand .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Caleb Mose .... sound recordist
Alex Sullivan .... sound recordist
Tony Volante .... re-recording mixer
David Weinstock .... sound recordist
John Zecca .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Jake Diamond .... assistant editor
Jon Fordham .... on-line editor
Chad Goslee .... assistant editor
Bill Stokes .... colorist
Other crew
Daniel Adler .... production assistant
Vanessa Arteaga .... production executive: Winstar Productions
Dana Bledsoe .... production executive: Winstar Productions
Abigail Kende .... clearance services
Kathy Leichter .... production executive: Winstar Productions
Monica Walters .... production assistant
Alex Webb .... production assistant
David Zani .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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45 min | Canada:50 min (Ontario)
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Ontario)

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An interesting topic, but too limited and short, 22 August 2006

This documentary, which originally aired on AMC in February of 2002, has been around on DVD for a while. One would think that a documentary like this would be a hot collector's item. It does, after all, deal with Alan Smithee, the notorious fake director that until the late 90s, had been associated with big studio pictures for over thirty years. For those unfamiliar with the Smithee name, is the name taken by directors when they don't want their real name associated with a film that they are ashamed of. Sounds like a fascinating topic for a documentary, doesn't it? Unfortunately, at 50 minutes, the documentary is very uninformative and way too short to leave much of an impact. The creation of the Alan Smithee name is well covered as well as its demise, but in terms of the movies with the Smithee name on them are concerned, there is almost nothing. The only Alan Smithee directed titles discussed here are 1969's Death of a Gunfighter and 1997's An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (the worst flick to ever carry the Smithee name). The documentary spends so much time with American History X that it becomes more of a documentary on that film than Alan Smithee he/her self. A much more interesting choice to focus on would have been 2000's SUPERNOVA, which probably has the most interesting and problematic production history of all time. Skip it. 3/10

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