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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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Forgathatatlan forgatókönyv  »

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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 ...And Justice for All. (1979) See more »

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Spaceship Superstar
Performed by Prism
Written by Jim Vallance (as James Vallance)
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with EMI Music Canada
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an amusing and thoughtful piece from one of Canada's top directors
2 February 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This movie captures the absurd essence of an overbearing American patriot actor -- one that believes his work (and politics) are as crucial to the American people as the opinions of the President himself. Alan Bates captures this mindset perfectly as Michael Baytes, and I will immortally remember Bates as this character. This is a movie for Canadians and Americans alike. It is a valuable piece of cinema, that which is able to take its audience through the magic of making a film and reveal just how easy it is for the producer and director to lose complete control to the will of the actors and innumerable outside forces. Wonderfully, "Hollywood North" does not suffer from the subject that it portrays: Peter O'Brian directs with precision and complete control, and commands both the serious 'behind-the-scenes' portion of the movie, and the movie-within-the-movie, "Flight to Bogota" with clarity and insight. If you are at all interested in the wit and strength of Canadian cinema, "Hollywood North" is a great place to start.


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