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A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

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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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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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Burt Reynolds reportedly had significant difficulty learning his lines (especially the Shakespeare) throughout shooting. A number of the scenes from 'King Lear' needed idiot boards in the wings, though despite this, Reynolds was less than accurate much of the time. Imelda Staunton on more than one occasion made her frustration with this quite vocally known, and some of the lines used in the film differ quite greatly from the original play-scripts. See more »


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Music by Christian Henson & Caroline Lost
Lyrics by Caroline Lost
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A charming film
21 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a Burt Reynolds fan - there i have admitted it! Anyway, to see a film of his get a theatrical release made this a must see film for me...and i wasn't disappointed. No need to go over the plot but all the performances in the film are excellent and Burt is the best he has been for fact since Boogie Nights in my opinion. Like the other comments, there were no really laugh out loud moments but just a nice stream of funny,well acted and moving moments. The scene at the start were Jefferson Steele was watching an old home movie of his daughter was moving,well acted by Burt.

He obviously was quite happy to send himself as the has-been star (so appropriate) but still with a lot to prove. Despite all the bad plastic surgery he has had, he didn't look too bad in this film..and that in itself made me pleased.

So overall, this is charming,warm hearted film with some great performances. As for Burt, his best film in years, without any doubt. He is obviously still a great actor, with tremendous screen prescence and is rightly hailed as Hollywood legend. I just hope we see more of Burt in films of this quality.

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