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Paparazzi (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 September 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Michael Bryan ...
Zach Laramie (as Blake Bryan)
Police Lab Tech
Bo's Publicist
Greg Castro ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scatto mortale - Paparazzi  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,855,111 (USA) (3 September 2004)


$15,712,072 (USA) (12 November 2004)

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My Thing
Performed by Jeff Beck
Vocals by Nancy Sorrell
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Written by Jeff Beck, Andrew Wright, Nancy Sorrell
Published by Windswept Music, Ltd (PRS) and WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) on behalf of Deuce Music, Ltd.
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Paparazzi Purge
4 September 2004 | by (Kitchener, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) is living "The American Dream". Money, fame, fortune beyond his wildest dreams. But unfortunate for Laramie, fame comes with a price, by the name of the Paparazzi. The persistence of the paparazzi leaves Laramie in the hospital, and his son in a coma. The press will clearly do anything to get the perfect shot. Laramie decides that the only to stop his problems is to take them out one by one.

A team of four relentless paparazzi soon are the ones who become the victims. The ringleader of the gang, Rex Harper (Tom Sizemore) soon realizes that he and his gang are the ones in danger. Wendell Stokes (Daniel Baldwin), Leonard Clark (Tom Hollander) and Kevin Rosner (Kevin Gage) make up the four paparazzi that Laramie is bend on destroying.

One of the highlights of my summer was "Paparazzi". I wanted to see this since I first saw the trailer for it. Looked like a pretty interesting take on the action/thriller genres. The lead roles Cole Hauser and Tom Sizemore are quite impressive. In my opinion, Sizemore owns this movie. While it's not the role he was born to play, I can't see many others playing the role of Harper.

One thing I found interesting is that Mel Gibson along with other producers of Paparazzi were inspired to make this film upon reading articles of paparazzi attacks. Not as serious as the one in the film, but nevertheless.

The film is one of the first of its kind. That I've seen anyways. Exploiting the paparazzi. It just sounds like a fun movie to me. One that I haven't seen before. Paparazzi is other all, a very fun, enjoyable and a very entertaining flick. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't.


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