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Fanboys -- It's 1998 and Star Wars fanboys across the globe eagerly await the release of Episode I.  But for Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows the term "fanboy" is more than just a title, it's a badge of honor. Spurred by impatience and an undying loyalty to their cause, these former high school friends reunite to undertake the road trip of their fan-tasies. Traveling West across the country to visit their Mecca - George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch - the plan is to break in, steal the film and stake their claim as the first fanboys in history to watch it. But to secure their place in the fanboy hall of fame, they'll have to contend with bizarre bikers, a crazy pimp, a deranged group of trekkies and the quiet intensity of William Shatner.
Fanboys -- Trailer: A group of anxious fans decide to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" for their friend who is suffering from cancer.
Fanboys -- Here's a clip from Kyle Newman's Fanboys.


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Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release. | Full synopsis »
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Sam Huntington ... Eric

Chris Marquette ... Linus

Dan Fogler ... Hutch

Jay Baruchel ... Windows

Kristen Bell ... Zoe

David Denman ... Chaz

Christopher McDonald ... Big Chuck (as Chris McDonald)

Charlie B. Brown ... Myron
Isaac Kappy ... Garfunkel
Stephen Pina ... Simon

Seth Rogen ... Admiral Seasholtz / Alien / Roach

Thom Bishops ... The Vulcan / Gruvock
Clark Sanchez ... Bartender
Stanley Shunkamolah ... Thick-Necked Thug

Danny Trejo ... The Chief
Hugh Elliot ... Ewok

Allie Grant ... Rogue Leader / Kimmy

Ethan Suplee ... Harry Knowles

Joe Lo Truglio ... Jail Guard

Billy Dee Williams ... Judge Reinhold

Jaime King ... Amber (as Jaime King-Newman)

Pell James ... Crystal

William Shatner ... William Shatner

Carrie Fisher ... Doctor

Kevin Smith ... Guy at gas station

Jason Mewes ... Guy at gas station

Zak Knutson ... Bob the Trucker

Ray Park ... THX Security Guard #2
Chuck Borden ... THX Security Guard #1
Peter Reinert ... THX Security Guard #3

Will Forte ... THX Security Guard #4

Craig Robinson ... THX Security Guard #5

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Boba Fett #1

Noah Segan ... Boba Fett #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Alemany-Coffer ... Star Journey Tourist (uncredited)
Jess Coffer ... Star Journey Tourist / Sandtrooper (uncredited)

Linda Crispien ... Stormtrooper (uncredited)
Sean East ... Shadow Trooper / Trekker (uncredited)

Paul Grace ... Billboard Cop (uncredited)

Christopher Judge ... Teal'c (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rachel Klein ... Liz (uncredited)
John C. Mann ... Trekkie (uncredited)
Charles Martinet ... Mario (archive sound) (uncredited)

Danny McBride ... Head of Security (uncredited)
Maja Miletich ... Girl Flashing Bra (uncredited)
Shappy Seasholtz ... Admiral Seasholtz Posse Member (uncredited)

Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Biker #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Kyle Newman 
Writing credits
Ernest Cline (screenplay) and
Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay)

Ernest Cline (story) and
Dan Pulick (story)

Produced by
Evan Astrowsky .... producer
Dana Brunetti .... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... line producer
Kevin Mann .... executive producer
Ben Ormand .... line producer: additional photography
Matthew Perniciaro .... producer
Kevin Spacey .... producer
Ron Cosmo Vecchiarelli .... line producer: additional photography
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Lukas Ettlin 
Film Editing by
Seth Flaum 
James Thomas  (as James M. Thomas)
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Jay Scully 
Production Design by
Cory Lorenzen 
Set Decoration by
Kimberly Wannop 
Costume Design by
Johanna Argan 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Bright .... makeup department head
Garnett Burk .... key hair stylist
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human, Inc.
Anthony Miner .... hair stylist
Michael Mosher .... key makeup artist: reshoots
Theraesa Rivers .... department head hair stylist: pickups
Production Management
Robert Bella .... post-production supervisor
Carla Gardini .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Damien Lubiak .... unit production manager
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post-production
Ron Cosmo Vecchiarelli .... production manager: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Borden .... second unit director
Brendan Garst .... second assistant director
Jared Micah Herman .... second unit director
Sarah Lemon .... second second assistant director
Joe McDougall .... first assistant director
Christopher Wedding .... assistant director: additional photography
Christopher Wedding .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joe Arnold .... property master
Mark Bankins .... set dresser
Jason lee Bartley .... art assistant: re-shoot
Michael Barton .... art director: re-shoots
Bonnie Betancourt .... prop shopper (as Bonnie Temple)
Jess Coffer .... props
Ryan Cowles .... art department
Chad R. Davis .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini .... production designer: additional photography
Brian Ferguson .... props
Michael Flowers .... set dresser
Dwayne Grady .... property master: Los Angeles
Paul Herndon .... storyboards
Ellen Lampl .... prop graphics
David Loitz .... lead man
Heidi Mayfield .... art department coordinator
Ryan Schaefer .... set dresser
Marina Starec .... shopper
Asa-Luke Twocrow .... construction coordinator
Lindsey Winger .... art department coordinator: additional photography
Greg Wyszynski .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
David Acord .... sound designer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Matt Dawson .... additional adr mixer
Gary Day .... sound recordist: additional photography
Michael Feuser .... foley editor
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Ivan Fritz .... sound editor
Matthew Hartman .... assistant sound editor (as Matt Hartman)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Scott R. Lewis .... sound recordist
Howard London .... adr mixer
Kate Lumpkin .... boom operator (as Kat Craig)
Cheryl Nardi .... dialogue editor
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound recordist
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Clint Smith .... sound mix technician
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Roy Waldspurger .... additional sound effects editor
John Weitz .... utility sound
Matthew Wood .... supervising sound editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Joel D. Catalan .... layback engineer (uncredited)
John Nutt .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott Hastings .... special effects supervisor
Daniel Holt .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Bridget Allen .... visual effects assistant: additional photography
Dan Blank .... compositor
Sarah Blank .... digital compositor (as Sarah Birns)
David A. Davidson .... visual effects supervisor
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Mia Lavezzi .... digital restoration artist
Chris Longo .... visual effects producer
Iain Marcks .... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
Kevin O'Neill .... visual effects supervisor
Aaron Peak .... compositor
Andrew E. Tilles .... visual effects artist
David Van Woert .... titles producer
Leo Vezzali .... digital effects artist
Leo Vezzali .... title animator
Leo Vezzali .... title designer
Johnny Wilson .... visual effects compositor: Neo Digital
Kevin Beard .... stunt driver
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Troy Brown .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Richard Bucher .... stunt double
Steve Hart .... stunts
Hiro Koda .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Abeyta .... electrician (as Phil Abeyta)
Mike Bachman .... video assist
Nick Barros .... electrician
Eric Budlong .... key grip: additional photography
Brian Cantrell .... best boy electric
Brown Cooper .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brown Cooper .... director of photography: second unit
Theda Cunningham .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Darrin DeLoach .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Allen Eaves .... lighting technician
John Estes .... still photographer
Jason Garcia .... first assistant camera: additional photography
George Greene .... electrician
Willow Jenkins .... additional photography: hd video assist
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer: additional photography
Matthew King .... second assistant: "a" camera
Scott Koche .... camera loader: re-shoots
Greg Lomas .... dolly grip
Benjamin Lowell .... second assistant camera: additional "a" camera
Chris Lumpkin .... best boy grip
George Maxwell .... director of photography: additional photography
Johnny Medeiros .... digital video assist: additional photography
Jessica Ramos .... camera team
John Sheeren .... assistant camera
Greg Travis .... electrician
Ralph Watson .... camera operator
Corey Weintraub .... camera loader
Casting Department
Yvonne Alemany-Coffer .... extras casting assistant
Gwyn Savage .... casting: New Mexico
Gwyn Savage .... extras casting
Gwyn Savage .... local casting
Wes Trudell .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Bentfield .... additional costumer
Rebecca Campbell .... assistant costume designer: pre-production
Emily Egge .... key set costumer
Daniela Moore .... assistant costume designer
Jessica Wenger .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Andrew S. Eisen .... additional editor
Kheireddine El-Helou .... post-production assistant
Brady Heck .... additional editor
Erin Michelle Hopkins .... assistant editor
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Mitch Rosin .... assistant editor
Keith Shaw .... digital intermediate colorist
Kelley Whitis .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Richard Henderson .... music editor
Joel C. High .... music consultant
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor (as Michelle Silverman)
Rebecca Rienks .... music consultant
James T. Sale .... composer: additional music
Erich Stratmann .... music editor: temp
Transportation Department
Donna Brower .... dispatcher
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
J.D. Hicks .... driver
John Christopher Hicks .... driver
Penny Hicks .... driver
Mindy Knapp .... driver
Tory Mell .... driver: cast
George Mills .... transportation
Jack Prince .... transportation captain
Other crew
Gaetano Akiya .... assistant accountant
Jeremy Alter .... location manager: additional photography
Jacob Bartol .... assistant location manager
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Stacia Brigham .... unit publicist
Steven Brill .... additional scenes
Ian Campbell .... assistant: Mr. Brunetti
Lyssa J. Caster .... management consultant
William Clark Coit III .... location manager
Misty Connelly .... personal assistant: kristen bell
Sean Gowrie .... production coordinator: additional photography
Duck Grossberg .... data manager
Ryan Harvie .... production secretary: reshoots
Tom Howes .... production coordinator
Jonathan Jansen .... scout
Kathleen Keller .... production coordinator
Nikki Kelly .... assistant to producers
Armando Kirwin .... production secretary
Mike Lane .... client services
Thomas Loftus .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs
Kristin Mann .... production assistant (as Kristin Rateliff)
Traci Martin .... production accountant: Los Angeles re-shoot
Paul Daniel McGowen .... set production assistant (as Paul McGowen)
Maggie Means .... production accountant
Kathleen Messmer .... script supervisor
Tania Mills .... production team assistant: Las Vegas
Holly Murray .... assistant accountant
Ashleigh Nichols .... assistant production coordinator
Erik Porn .... laboratory technician: Almost Human
Kayla Schoen .... assistant production coordinator
Rebecca Puck Stair .... assistant location manager
Tyler Standen .... production assistant
Marcus Taylor .... key set production assistant
Brett Weston .... stand-in: Chris Marquette
Ayla Wilder .... production assistant
Bonnie Burton .... special thanks
Mary Franklin .... special thanks
Lynne Hale .... special thanks
Harry Jay Knowles .... special thanks (as Harry Knowles)
Matt Landon .... thanks (as Matthew Landon)
Ann Lerner .... special thanks: Albuquerque Film Commission
George Lucas .... very special thanks
Rick McCallum .... special thanks
Scott Mosier .... special thanks
Jonathan Sanden .... thanks
Steve Sansweet .... special thanks
John Singh .... special thanks
Lisa Strout .... special thanks: New Mexico Film Commission

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Rated PG-13 for pervasive crude and sexual material, language and drug content
USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The additional shots made in November and December 2007, weren't done by original director Kyle Newman but by Steven Brill.See more »
Errors in geography: When Hutch 'detours' into Iowa, he passes under a highway sign for Interstate 40 (visible through the windshield). I-40 runs roughly 900 miles further south than the Ohio-Iowa corridor.See more »
[first lines]
Hutch:[as Stormtrooper] Halloween just got awesome, bitches!
Linus:[as Stormtrooper] Prepare for the entrance of Lord Vader.
Windows:[as Darth Vader] Give yourself to the Dark Side. It's the only way you can save your...
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A movie made for "Fanboys", 9 September 2009
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

An easy way to measure how much you will or won't enjoy "Fanboys" is how closely you fit to the titular category. The more of a Star Wars fan you are and the more your gender and maturity is on par with 'boy,' the more you'll like this ode to Star Wars fans.

The premise of this film is excellent: In 1998, six months before the scheduled release of "Star Wars Episode I" a group of fanboy friends in their 20-somethings road trip to Skywalker Ranch to try and steal a rough cut of the movie because one of them has a terminal illness and won't live to see the release. The execution, however, is spotty.

The movie is a Star Wars-themed version of "Road Trip," with the guys heading across America in a van and stopping along the way solely to buy some time before they get to the ranch. My guess would be that Ernest Cline and Dan Pulick are fanboys themselves who came up with the premise of stealing Episode I and then had to find a way to actually make it work. Therefore, the guys stop off in Iowa where the character of Captain Kirk from the Star Trek franchise was born to antagonize some Trekkies, they get caught at a gay biker bar and they have to go to Las Vegas to get security clearance to the ranch from an insider.

The main character and the story are not all that strong, but the small tributes, spoofs and cameos all related to the Star Wars universe is what makes "Fanboys" entertaining. Therefore, the more you know Star Wars -- things like thermal detonators and that Chewbacca is from Kashik -- the more you love "Fanboys."

In addition to appearances from a few notable actors from the Star Wars franchise, director Kyle Newman does some nice homages to Lucas and obviously Star Wars. The infamous side wipes that Lucas uses to transition in those movies appear a couple times and the security at the ranch resemble the ones from THX 1138, one of Lucas' first movies (although that might just be the truth, who knows). The writing also does this too including famous quotes when appropriate and even the movie's funniest scene when the gang ends up in George Lucas' trash compactor.

Other cameos include Seth Rogen, Billy Dee Williams, and Kevin Smith, to name a few without spoiling one of the film's few excellent aspects. Stars Sam Huntington ("Superman Returns"), the rotund Dan Fogler ("Balls of Fury"), Jay Baruchel ("Knocked Up") and Chris Marquette ("The Girl Next Door") are all average, though mostly because their characters are written sloppy.

Bottom line is "Fanboys" states in title alone exactly who it's intended for. I don't know why Harvey Weinstein would fight to try and make this something that would appeal to the masses only to let it come out without making a peep. If Star Wars is going to be the focus of a movie, there's one segment of the population that will like it, no matter what you do. Fortunately, for those fans, "Fanboys" is good. ~Steven C

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