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Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

R | | Drama | 17 October 2008 (USA)
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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Emile Robert ...
Young Joe Scot
Scoutt Lowe ...
Young Boots McKay
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Gina Athans ...
Erich Conrad ...
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Annabel Linder ...
Dawn
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Priscilla
Sue Dall ...
Maitre D
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Mannie Miesel
Alwyn Kotze ...
Ritchie Smith
Pope Jerrod ...
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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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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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17 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Bir Aptalin Anilari  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£246,072 (United Kingdom), 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,020, 19 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,664, 23 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,107,134, 8 February 2009
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Last cinema film of Miriam Karlin. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Apple: He's got no stamina.
[giggle]
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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Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool Movie Special (2008) See more »

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If There is Something
Performed by Roxy Music
Written by Bryan Ferry
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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It really pulls you in
1 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This flick is starting to hit the US cable movie channels. I had never heard of it. I came away moved and impressed by this Daniel Craig project. "Shake your hair girl with your ponytail. Takes me right back..." OTHER: I found myself getting the female actors mixed up, but that's really my only problem with it. They look alike. The SA location fooled me completely and looked great. A refreshing change from the usual gritty rowhouse environment in which many British movies of this type are set. The film "Wish You Were Here" pushes similar buttons as this flick. Loved Ruth's 1970's wardrobe and the arcade that was apparently the center of life for these teens back in the day.

Loved the director's economy of actors. Most others would have had that arcade FILLED with extras cluttering up the scene. But in a memory, are there any extras?


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