A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

 |  Comedy  |  2009 (USA)
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A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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1st Cinema Girl (as Elesia Ennis)
2nd Cinema Girl
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Woman In Street
Amanda Blacke
Mr. Darcy
Guy Flanagan ...
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Young Amanda
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Italian Tourist (as Stefano Gressieux)


A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

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They wished for a star, then wished they hadn't.




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Release Date:

2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambada de Amadores  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£91,156 (UK) (19 December 2008)


£201,849 (UK) (26 December 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Durning, playing Burt Reynolds' Hollywood agent in this movie, was about eighty-five years of age when he appeared in this film. See more »


Music & Lyrics by Christian Henson
Performed by the 'Stratford St John Soul Sextet'
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decent light comedy from a tight-lipped country
6 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

there were moments that i couldn't help smiled or laughed lightly. the screenplay was quite dramatic, the casting did a very nice job except signed up burt reynolds who actually performed quite poorly when he was doing the rehearsals and played king lear on the stage. he actually became the weakest part of this comedy. fooled him to stradford to play the role was a disastrous arrangement just like chosen him as that character. he performed so poorly on those stage scenes, this was his worst performance ever! and i have to discredit one of the viewers who claimed it's his best performance. it's watchable but not too good just because reynolds' lukewarm, absent-minded and out-of-placed poor performance; if this role recruited michael caine to play, it would be much better. i rest my case.

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