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Hollywoods biggest talents explore what is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic. | Add synopsis »
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Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself

Pierce Brosnan ... Himself

David Brown ... Himself

Charles Chaplin ... (archive footage)

George Clooney ... Himself

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Couturié ... Himself (voice)

Danny DeVito ... Himself

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself

Robert Evans ... Himself

Jodie Foster ... Herself

Morgan Freeman ... Himself

Brian Grazer ... Himself

Peter Guber ... HImself

Daryl Hannah ... Madison / Ayla (archive footage)

Oliver Hardy ... (archive footage)
Willard Huyck ... Himself
Gloria Katz ... Herself

Buster Keaton ... (archive footage)

Sherry Lansing ... Herself

Stan Laurel ... (archive footage)

Simone Mareuil ... (archive footage)

Penny Marshall ... Herself

Steve McQueen ... (archive footage)

Sydney Pollack ... Himself

Robert Redford ... Johnny Hooker / Roy Hobbs / Denys George Finch Hatton (archive footage)

Leo Rossi ... Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect (archive footage)

Tom Rothman ... Himself

John Singleton ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself (archive footage)

David Strathairn ... Edward R. Murrow (archive footage)

Charlize Theron ... Herself

Rudolph Valentino ... (archive footage)

Nia Vardalos ... Herself

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself

J.J. Abrams ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Julie Andrews ... Maria (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rosanna Arquette ... Jody (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kevin Bacon ... Jack Swigert (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ingrid Bergman ... Alicia Huberman / Ilsa Lund (archive footage) (uncredited)

Halle Berry ... Jinx (archive footage) (uncredited)

Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Blaine (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ray Bolger ... Hunk / The Scarecrow (archive footage) (uncredited)

Timothy Bottoms ... Sonny Crawford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlon Brando ... Don Vito Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jim Broadbent ... Harold Zidler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clancy Brown ... Captain Byron T. Hadley (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kate Capshaw ... Willie Scott (archive footage) (uncredited)

Glenn Close ... Alex Forrest (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jennifer Connelly ... Alicia Nash (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Corbett ... Ian Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kevin Costner ... Lt. John Dunbar / Robin of Locksley (archive footage) (uncredited)

Russell Crowe ... Capt. Jack Aubrey / John Nash (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Cruise ... Himself / Ethan Hunt / Ray Ferrier (archive footage) (uncredited)

Geena Davis ... Dottie Hinson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Leonardo DiCaprio ... Jack Dawson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Douglas ... Dan Gallagher (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Clarke Duncan ... John Coffey (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself / William 'Bill' Munny (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joseph Fiennes ... Will Shakespeare (archive footage) (uncredited)

Laurence Fishburne ... Jason 'Furious' Styles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones (archive footage) (uncredited)

Matthew Fox ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Judy Garland ... Dorothy Gale (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Gaynes ... John Van Horne (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Tré Styles (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ruth Gordon ... Maude (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cary Grant ... T.R. Devlin / Roger O. Thornhill (archive footage) (uncredited)

Melanie Griffith ... Maria Ruskin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alec Guinness ... Col. Nicholson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Gunton ... Warden Samuel Norton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack Haley ... Hickory / The Tin Man (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Hanks ... Himself / Sherman McCoy / Jimmy Dugan / Forrest Gump / Jim Lovell / Paul Edgecomb / Chuck Noland (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ethan Hawke ... Jake (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charlton Heston ... Moses (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dustin Hoffman ... Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels (archive footage) (uncredited)

Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Hannibal Lecter (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Hulce ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (archive footage) (uncredited)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Jules Winnfield (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ben Johnson ... Sam the Lion (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Kelly ... Don Lockwood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nicole Kidman ... Satine (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bert Lahr ... Zeke / The Cowardly Lion (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Leguizamo ... Toulouse-Latrec (archive footage) (uncredited)

Christopher Lloyd ... Taber (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Loggia ... MacMillan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Baz Luhrmann ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Madonna ... Mae Mordabito (archive footage) (uncredited)

Andrea Martin ... Aunt Vola (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marsha Mason ... Paula McFadden (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ewan McGregor ... Christian (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kylie Minogue ... The Green Fairy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Morgan ... The Wizard of Oz (archive footage) (uncredited)

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Trinity (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chris O'Donnell ... Robin / Dick Grayson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself / Doris Murphy - 3rd Base (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter O'Toole ... T.E. Lawrence (archive footage) (uncredited)

Haley Joel Osment ... Cole Sear (archive footage) (uncredited)

Al Pacino ... Michael Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Viola De Lesseps (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Paxton ... Fred Haise (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rhea Perlman ... Zinnia Wormwood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Rusty Ryan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Randy Quaid ... Lester Marlow (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jonathan Ke Quan ... Short Round (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kathleen Quinlan ... Marilyn Lovell (archive footage) (uncredited)

Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter (archive footage) (uncredited)

Christina Ricci ... Selby (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tim Robbins ... Andy Dufresne (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Roxburgh ... The Duke (archive footage) (uncredited)

Will Sampson ... Chief Bromden (archive footage) (uncredited)

Roy Scheider ... Police Chief Martin Brody (archive footage) (uncredited)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Julius Benedict (archive footage) (uncredited)

George C. Scott ... Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter Sellers ... Chance the Gardener / Dr. Strangelove (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Quint (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cybill Shepherd ... Jacy Farrow (archive footage) (uncredited)

Eric Stoltz ... Lance (archive footage) (uncredited)

Meryl Streep ... Karen (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gloria Stuart ... Old Rose (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mena Suvari ... Angela Hayes (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jessica Tandy ... Daisy Werthan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Audrey Tautou ... Amélie Poulain (archive footage) (uncredited)

Uma Thurman ... Mia Wallace (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Travolta ... Vincent Vega (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Shatford (archive footage) (uncredited)

Denzel Washington ... Alonzo (archive footage) (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Charles Foster Kane (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Whaley ... Brett (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bruce Willis ... Dr. Malcolm Crowe (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kate Winslet ... Rose DeWitt Bukater (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robin Wright ... Jenny Curran (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Zemeckis ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Marylin Rexroth (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Couturié 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Bart  book "Boffo!: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb"
Peter Bart  screenplay
Bill Couturié  screenplay

Produced by
Peter Bart .... executive producer
Bill Couturié .... producer
Alexis Ercoli .... associate producer
Timothy M. Gray .... co-producer
John Hoffman .... supervising producer
Charlie Koones .... executive producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Anne Sandkuhler .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
Cinematography by
Stephen Lighthill 
Film Editing by
Mark Brewer 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Pichler .... assistant director
Sound Department
James Jack .... sound recordist
Jack Norflus .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Kyle Klutz .... electrician
Jacob Sauerbrey .... best boy electric
Music Department
Alex Lu .... score preparation
Deddy Tzur .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Kevin Goddard .... production assistant

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USA:75 min

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6 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Pointless collection of people talking about flops and hits never amounts to much of anything, 11 July 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Easily the dumbest documentary HBO has ever been involved in this is a "look" at what makes a hit or a flop. Using loose subject headings various people talk about how we can never know what will hit or what will miss. We see how the rules of one moment don't apply to the next. There is also a good deal of discussion about how all film making is a crap shoot since what should work very often doesn't.

Actually what this film is lots of stars and studio execs sitting in chairs telling "witty stories" about the films that worked and the films that failed all the while trying to come across as "gee whiz" nice guys. While the stories are interesting the film quickly reveals that there isn't much of a point, or if there is one, the point doesn't require 75 minutes to have it beaten into your head. Its the sort of movie where some one says Howard the Duck and expects it to get big laughs. We also get rapid fire clips from the various movies that are suppose to illustrate the point but are too brief and fleeting to be much beyond a visual reference. Its so many people talking so briefly about so many different movies, or speaking so generally that you get no real information about anything. Yes, there are some telling remarks about life in Tinseltown but its much ado about nothing since its the equivalent to reading a book of quotes on the movies with nothing beyond the quotes. Personally, I was bored and after half an hour I picked up a magazine and began to read.

If you like movies give it a try,after all there are some good lines and confessions (George Clooney on responsibility and Brian Grazer on wishing someone else's failure) but its too long and never adds up to anything worth anything.

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