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Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  17 October 2008 (USA)
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A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his youth as he returns home from his best friend's funeral.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Robert ...
Scoutt Lowe ...
Young Boots McKay
Carrie Ann
Gina Athans ...
Erich Conrad ...
Voice of Radio DJ (voice)
Annabel Linder ...
Sue Dall ...
Maitre D
Mannie Miesel
Pope Jerrod ...


An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, lives a life of narcissistic hedonism, observed by his laconic personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes our protagonist, and the movie, into an extended flashback to a sea-side town in 1970's Britain. Hollywood star Joe is now a teenage boy in a tentative relationship with a school-girl called Ruth. Further, his mother's friend, Evelyn, is attempting to seduce him. Engulfed by guilt at the unintended, tragic consequences of his subterfuge, he leaves home. The movie then switches back to contemporary Hollywood. Joe confronts his fear and returns to England for a difficult meeting with Ruth, who had gone on to marry Boots and has been a left a poor widow. Written by AnonymousB

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir Aptalin Anilari  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£246,072 (UK) (18 April 2008)


$1,020 (USA) (17 October 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last cinema film of Miriam Karlin. See more »


None of the cars that were supposed to be in California, had a front California License Plate. They only had rear California plates. California is a front and rear plate State. See more »


[first lines]
Apple: He's got no stamina.
Apple: I love your nose.
Carrie Ann: Oh, thanks. I wanted to get my nose done since I was ten. It wasn't as simple as I thought. The doctors found out that I didn't have any cartilage in the tip of my nose. So then he needs to do that. Um, my nose was too long, so, I needed to shorten it. And then it was too wide so I had to thin it. And, uh, it was just a lot more complicated than I thought. My nose was just an insane amount of money.
[continues babbling]
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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »


What Goes Up Must Come Down
Performed by War Zone (Goldie Loc / MC Eiht / Karm)
Written by C. Breadus, K.Spitman, A. Tayler, C. Miller
Published by My Own Chit Music (BMI)
Administered by EMI Blackwood / Lil Gangsta Music (ASCAP) / Gaffed Em Up (BMI) / I-Slam Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Niggaracci
Recorded and engineered by Chris Jackson for Doggy Style Music, Inc. at Tha Irvine Spot, Irvine,
War Zone appears courtesy of Doggy Style Records
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I saw it 1st
8 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is my 1st ever post on IMDb so I apologise in advance if it's crap! I was 1 of the 1st members of public to see this film as I attended a preview for research and marketing purposes and i had to fill in a questionnaire at the end...yadayadayada (U know what i mean). The film was not what i expected at all. I was expecting a load of drug taking scenes and thought the whole film would have a "dirty" feel to it such as "Blow" or "Pulp Fiction" but it actually turned out to be a very sensitive film. I was moved by the emotional story of this guy's messed up childhood. I was extremely impressed by Claire Forlani's performance even though she's not in the film for that long. This film will give you goosebumps and a trembling lip from the emotional roller-coaster that is this Flashbacks Of A Fool. Good film. Girls in their 30s to late 40s will prefer it to guys. Great 70s Soundtrack (and that's coming from me, a 23 year old!) The soundtrack album should be really good.

Thanks for devoting 2 minutes of your life to read this! I really appreciate it.

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