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Hollywood North (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  12 January 2004 (USA)
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Former lawyer Bobby Myers recounts his first foray in the Canadian movie business circa 1979, when the then burgeoning Canadian movie industry was going through some growing pains. He ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bobby Myers
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Paul Linder
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Michael Baytes
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Howard Atkins
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Sandy Ryan
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Peter Casey
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Henry Neville
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Molly
Fab Filippo ...
Frankie Candido (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Clare Coulter ...
Lindsay Marshall
Sandi Stahlbrand ...
Leslie Carrington
John Bayliss ...
Customs Inspector
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Gillian Stevens
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Joanne Jennings
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Scott DiMarco
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Former lawyer Bobby Myers recounts his first foray in the Canadian movie business circa 1979, when the then burgeoning Canadian movie industry was going through some growing pains. He wanted his first project as producer to be told by Canadians about issues close to the Canadian heart. As such, he acquired the rights to Lantern Moon, a beloved Canadian novel written by Lindsay May Marshall. He quickly realized that producing a movie in Canada, especially in acquiring financing, required much compromise, most specifically casting a big name Hollywood star in the leading role. The star he signs, Michael Baytes, comes with much baggage. Those compromises lead to many problems between the Canadian vision and the want by some to make the movie more "American", especially by ultra-patriotic and paranoid Baytes. Through it all, filmmaker Sandy Ryan films it all, good and bad, for a "making of" documentary. But Sandy has her own agenda as she concurrently films her own lower budget movie ... Written by Huggo

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The camera never lies ... only the people behind it.

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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12 January 2004 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Despite the fact that the screenplay was one of the most famous ever to circulate among insiders of the *real* Hollywood North, the movie still took an incredibly long time to get filmed - the screenplay was originally written in the mid '80s. There was a serious attempt to film it in 1987, but the plans were ultimately scrubbed. See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Marshall: If God were Canadian, he would come down and destroy you and this production in a fiery apocalyptic rebuke!
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References In Praise of Older Women (1978) See more »

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Lovin' You Ain't Easy
Performed by Michel Pagliaro
Written by Michel Pagliaro
Published by Earth Born Music
Courtesy of Earth Born Music
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A satirical look at film making in Canada in the 80's
14 September 2003 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Hollywood North is a satirical look at the time in Canadian film history when the Canadian government offered huge tax breaks for films made in Canada. Most of the time it was treated as a tax shelter or a cheap way to get American films made. For example, Porky's came out of it. Anyways Matthew Modine plays a novice producer who wants to make an adaptation of a beloved Canadian novel. However, in order to get the money he needs a American name star. He gets a loose cannon and learns he has to compromise to the point where the film no longer resembles the book it was originally based on. It plays well in Canada but may not be understood outside of the Great White North. Americans will think we're satirizing ourselves but will miss the point that we're actually satirizing them. For Canadians 8/10 for the rest of the world 5/10.


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