The Amateurs (2005)
"The Moguls" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 April 2006 (UK)
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Citizens of a small town, under the influence of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis, come together to make an adult film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barney Macklehatton
Ron (as Brad Henke)
Mrs. Morrelli


Andy Sargentee is a decent guy and the town's favorite failure: an unemployable dreamer whose ex's husband's wealth intimidates Andy to such an extent he does little with his teen son. Andy's new idea is for Butterface Fields to be the first town to band together to make the first full-length feature amateur adult film. He recruits five regulars at Floyd's Bar to contribute $2000 each. They get the kid at the video store, whose camcorder is constantly on, to be the cinematographer. The pal they all call "Some Idiot" volunteers to be writer-director. Otis becomes producer. Now, can they find actors, and especially, women? Can a pornography project give Andy self-respect? Written by <>

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Not your average adult movie. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Amateurs  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,149 (USA) (7 December 2007)


$15,090 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Otis: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the real end credits you can see a piece of film of our gang fishing. At the end of the names, the film starts to burn. The rest of the credits follow on a black screen. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 8 December 2007 (2007) See more »


I'm Ready Baby
Written by John Goodwin, Scott Ellison
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A brilliant and subtle movie.
3 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brilliant and subtle movie. If you like quick mind candy and over done special effects you will not enjoy this film. However if you like human stories with endearing comedy you will love this film. Joe Pantoliano totally sacrificed his tough guy image that he developed in the Sopranos in order to clearly and humorously depict a quirky character in the film. Ted Danson did the same; totally destroying that suave smooth Cheers persona that he has been maintaining for so many years. WARNING: People who want the actors stuck in a box don't go and see this film. It is a brilliant fast moving witty depiction of the dreams that so many of us have, but few have the courage to fulfill.

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