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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 ...
Scoutt Lowe ...
Young Boots McKay
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Carrie Ann
Gina Athans ...
Apple
Erich Conrad ...
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Annabel Linder ...
Dawn
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Priscilla
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Maitre D
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Mannie Miesel
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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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£246,072 (UK) (18 April 2008)

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$1,020 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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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 »

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[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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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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The Jean Genie
Performed by David Bowie
Written by David Bowie
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. /Tintoretto Music / RZO Music Ltd. / Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Best movie I've seen in quite a while
29 November 2008 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I thought Flashbacks Of A Fool was about a decadent narcissist fast living actor and the crazy life he led with all the sex,drugs and parties. Well, it is but only in the first minutes of the film, what you'll see here is his childhood.After the death of his best friend, Joe Scott sits back and in a extended flashback the movie shows us how he was as a teenager and how life was in the 70's.The story is very interesting and the movie was beautifully shot and the musical score couldn't be more appropriated(just ignore that final music when the credits roll over).There's also a lip sync scene you won't forget. Daniel Craig was great, he has great charisma, I would really like to see more of him outside of the 007 franchise.Harry Eden did a great job as well and seems to be a very promising actor. Best movie I've seen in quite a while.

8/10


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