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A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.

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Bo Laramie is a movie star who has finally achieved success. But success comes at a price, in the form of four persistent photographers known as the paparazzi. Using their dishonest methods of getting the money shot regardless of what it takes, they'll stop at nothing in exploiting Bo for every last penny. But when one of their ventures nearly costs Bo's life and that of his family when they cause a car accident and do nothing afterwords except take photos, Bo has finally reached his breaking point. In doing so, Bo decides to exact a crafty and complex revenge on those four who have enjoyed making his life a living hell with his focus on the paparazzi's ring leader, Rex Harper. Written by monkeykingma

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revenge | paparazzi | actor | movie star | coma | See more »

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They were after a story. Now, he's after them. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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3 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scatto mortale - Paparazzi  »

Box Office

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,183 (Hong Kong) (11 November 2005)

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$54,183 (Hong Kong) (11 November 2005)
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Was inspired when Mel Gibson and some celebrities were talking about paparazzi nightmares and Gibson said, "What a great revenge film this would make." He is one of the film's producers. See more »

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When Laramie is fighting one of the paparazzi, he has sweat on his shirt. Yet, just a little time after, he is still wearing the same shirt, the sweat is gone and it didn't have enough time to dry. See more »

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Reporter: [after Harper's Arrest] Are you and Wendell lovers?
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Solex (Close to the Edge)
Performed by Michael Woods
Courtesy of Free 2Air Recordings
Written by Michael Woods, Juliette Jaimes and Steve Welton-Jaimes
Published by Chrysalis Music (ASCAP) and MCS Music Ltd (PRS)
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Hollywood's Revenge
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Hollywood's revenge movie against the Paparazzi, those goon photographers obsessed with getting celebrities' pictures at all costs, totally invading their privacy and often using the pictures in a dishonest way to invent gossipy stories for the tabloids.

This was an easy call for Hollywood because who was going to side against them in this film? If there was any doubt about any shred of decency concerning those photographers, this film quickly dispelled that with Tom Sizemore's character, a representative of that famous "press corps." They made Sizemore as sleazy and unethical as they could.

So what you wind you up with a basic revenge story, nothing new or earthshaking but almost always entertaining in whatever form. In this film, the photo guys mess up and the victim - an actor (Cole Hauser) - takes revenge by going after them. In the process, we see how he does it and along the way are treated to some amusing cameos by Mel Gibson, Chris Rock and Matthew McConaughey. Yeah, it's kind of a low-brow revenge flick, but it works. By the way, this is yet another film that should be rated R, not PG-13. That's as ludicrous as the paparazzi.


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