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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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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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Also Known As:

Cambada de Amadores  »

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£91,156 (UK) (19 December 2008)

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£201,849 (UK) (26 December 2008)
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As shown on the top of a letter, the address of Jefferson Steel's Hollywood agent Charlie Rosenberg (Charles Durning) is given as 1453 Wanamaker Street, Los Angeles CA 90228 USA. This street name can be considered a reference to actor-director Sam Wanamaker who worked with Reynolds (who played Detective Lieutenant John Hawk) on episodes of TV's Hawk (1966) as well as other TV work. Further, using Wanamaker's name in this address also actually ties Reynolds together with Shakespeare, in that Wanamaker was the Founder of the International Globe Theatre Centre, the project that funded, researched, and built the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre that now operates on the Thames in Bankside, London, not far from where the actual remains of the Globe were found just after Wanamaker's construction had broken ground. It was Wanamaker's life's passion to create a reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe that would be a fully operational theatre, as well (although, after raising the funding from many fellow actors, directors and producers, and then bringing together the historians and experts to design it, he passed away in 1993, four years before its grand opening). See more »

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Charming British film - well worth seeing
20 December 2008 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

After reading some of the other reviews I wonder what you expect from a nice little English movie. Burt Reynolds was great, but Imelda Staunton was exceptional. She was hilarious in all her scenes and we laughed out loud. It's very British set in a very British setting.

If you liked Calendar Girls you'll like this. It's not great art, just great entertainment with a really good British cast, and an ageing but nevertheless very entertaining Burt Reynolds. Burt Reynolds who I must admit I did not think could act was quite good throughout and delivered his Shakespeare well. If there was one criticism it would be the scenes in the US were not brilliantly shot


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