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Courage & Stupidity (2005)

 -  Short | Comedy | Fantasy  -  23 April 2005 (USA)
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Inspired by the making of Spielberg's 1974 shark blockbuster. Steven, a young filmmaker must find a way to make his monster movie after he and a friend (George) accidentally break the film's main prop.



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Credited cast:
Kahil Dotay ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Allison ...
Producer 1
Robert J. Baker ...
Assistant Director (as R.J. Baker)
Johnny Biscuit ...
Mike Chenoweth ...
Scuba Diver
Pat Donahue ...
Crewmember - Card Player 1
Tony Larimer ...
Producer 2
Tom Markus ...
Insurance Agent
Jeff Snyder ...
Crewmember - Card Player 2
Camera Thug


A film inspired by an actual event in the life of the most extraordinary movie maker of all time. Set in 1974, "Steven" an up and coming director is convinced that his new shark film will be cake to make. He finds his ideas couldn't be further from the truth, after he and a friend accidentally break the mechanical fish. Now the filmmaker is faced with the deadline of making a monster movie without a monster. Written by Official Site

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His movie is classic. The story behind it is legendary.


Short | Comedy | Fantasy



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Darin Beckstead and producer Guillermo Suescum met with Rodney Dangerfield at his home. Dangerfield initially planned on playing one of the "producer" characters but was ultimately unable to participate due to health complications. See more »

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Delightful but possible front for a Hollywood director
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie.

It felt like I was watching a Disney-type movie in compressed format.

What do I mean? The film hits all points from funny to meaningful drama. Unfortunately, due to the length, it only hit the surface of scenes that could have been expanded if the film were feature length.

I am amazed on how professional it looked and the quality of the actors. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that a Hollywood guy directed and financed this himself and used "Darin Beckstead" as a fake name or as a front man. I mean who is this "Darin Beckstead" and how could he go from nowhere to make something like this (this thing must have cost at least $200,000 to make).

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