“The success of The Godfather  went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart  suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas,
And here’s her second appearance, from 07-09-1997, featuring O’Donnell, Clive Barker, Sophie B. Hawkins, & Wil Shriner, Part 1…
The plight of the wise old birds of "Hoot" has been dumbed down in the hands of writer-director Wil Shriner, who makes his feature debut here after building a successful career behind the camera helming numerous sitcoms.
While co-presenter Walden Media would like to think it has another "Holes" on its hands, the picture, rated PG for "mild bullying" (as opposed to, say, tepid bullying) isn't likely to come close to reaching those $67.3 million heights, though its target audience may give more of a hoot when it lands on DVD shelves.
Shot extensively in the Sunshine State, Hiaasen's story is told through the eyes of middle-schooler Roy Eberhardt (Logan Lerman), whose peripatetic family has recently moved from Montana to the sleepy Gulf Coast town of Coconut Cove.
One day, while finding himself once again in the school bully's line of fire, Roy becomes intrigued by a mysterious golden-haired, barefooted boy (Cody Linley) who runs past his school bus.
After doing a little detective work, Roy finds out that the kid, called Mullet Fingers by his tomboyish stepsister, Beatrice (Brie Larson), is the perpetrator behind numerous acts of vandalism that have been occurring on the proposed construction site for the newest member of the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House family.
But Mullet Fingers' bad-boy behavior has been driven by a higher motivation: The site happens to be home to a local population of endangered owls, and if over-reaching executive Chuck Muckle (Clark Gregg) has his way, their nesting place soon will be flatter than one of Mother Paula's flapjacks.
With all its broadly played characters (add Tim Blake Nelson's hapless foreman and Luke Wilson's overly earnest cop to the mix), "Hoot"'s noble ecological cause ends up having little real effect, treating those cute little owls into mere window dressing as other high jinks ensue.
Behind the scenes, "Raging Bull" cinematographer Michael Chapman effectively soaks up all that ambient sunshine, while longtime Floridian Jimmy Buffett contributes breezy songs to the soundtrack in addition to playing the part of Roy's teacher.
Now there's a class you'd want to attend!
New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema and Walden Media presenta Kennedy/Marshall Co. production
Director-screenwriter: Wil Shriner
Based on the novel by: Carl Hiaasen
Producers: Frank Marshall, Jimmy Buffett
Executive producers: Toby Emmerich, Kevin Reidy, Gregg Taylor
Director of photography: Michael Chapman
Production designer: Stephen Lineweaver
Editor: Alan Edward Bell
Costume designer: Christopher Lawrence
Score: Phil Marshall, Michael Utley, Mac McAnally
Songs: Jimmy Buffett
Officer David Delinko: Luke Wilson
Roy Eberhardt: Logan Lerman
Beatrice Leep: Brie Larson
Curly Branitt: Tim Blake Nelson
Mullet Fingers: Cody Linley
Mr. Eberhardt: Neil Flynn
Chuck Muckle: Clark Gregg
MPAA rating PG
Running time -- 90 minutes
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