Mr. Burns hosts a film festival in Springfield to improve his image. Film critic Jay Sherman, of "The Critic" is invited, and stays with the Simpsons.

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Rappin' Rabbi #2 / Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Paparazzo / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / 'Marge is gonna say something....' / Heckler #1 / Heckler #2 / Airport Tannoy / Hans Moleman / Barney Gumble / 'Pure egotism!' / Beer Vendor / Itchy (voice)
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Rappin' Rabbi #1 / 'Hey!' / Japanese Father / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Charles Bronson / New York Pilot / TV Announcer / Senor Spielbergo / Anthony Hopkins / William Shatner / Bumblebee Man / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Man in Audience #2 (voice)
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Japanese Mother / Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders / Woman Praising Barney's Movie (voice)
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It is decided that a film festival should be held to put Springfield on the map and cinema critic Jay Sherman comes to town and stays with the Simpsons. Various people submit films that they have made to win the critics' prize, from Burns' blockbuster presenting him as an epic hero to Barney's strangely poetic monochrome short, but the most popular choice seems to be George C. Scott in 'Man Getting Hit With a Football'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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5 March 1995 (USA)  »

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When Marge agrees to put Homer on the film jury, she crosses off another name. The name she crosses off is that of legendary director Martin Scorsese. See more »

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The official title of Hans Moleman's film is "Man Getting Hit By Football." But everyone thereafter refers to it erroneously as "Football In The Groin." See more »

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Jay Sherman: Welcome to "Coming Attractions". I'm your host, Jay Sherman. Thank you. Tonight, we review an aging Charles Bronson in "Death Wish 9."
[Charles Bronson is in a hospital bed]
Charles Bronson: I wish I was dead. Oy!
Jay Sherman: But first, we have a special guest: Rainer Wolfcastle, star of the reprehensible McBain movies.
Rainer Wolfcastle: Jay, my new film is a mixture of action und comedy. It's called "McBain: Let's Get Silly."
[Cut to clip from movie showing McBain with a microphone in front of a brick wall]
Rainer Wolfcastle as McBain: Did you ever notice how men always...
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References Pocahontas (1995) See more »

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Easily the most underrated episode from The Simpsons
21 June 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

I simply love this episode. Personally, I just don't understand why Matt Groening apparently "disowned" this chapter removing his name of the credits, because it was brilliantly written, being one of the best episodes in the entire series.

Like the other reviewer said, it is not necessary to know about the animated series "The Critic" to enjoy "A Star is Burns". And more than a "forced crossover" or one "ad" for "The Critic", I see this like this as one episode for the cinephiles, being an excellent parody of films festivals, but serving also as a great tribute to independent cinema and all those short films which sometimes are able to cause a more lasting impression on viewers than the Hollywood Blockbusters.

I also completely agree with what Jay Sherman said: "there are better things in life than seeing a man get hit in the groin with a football." (But I have to admit that the "Man Getting Hit By Football" part was hilarious)

10/10 (And I would rate it with eleven stars if I could.)


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