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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

R | | Drama | 2 November 2018 (USA)
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A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.


Orson Welles
9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Huston ... Jake Hannaford
Oja Kodar ... The Actress
Peter Bogdanovich ... Brooks Otterlake
Susan Strasberg ... Julie Rich
Norman Foster ... Billy Boyle
Robert Random ... John Dale (as Bob Random)
Lilli Palmer ... Zarah Valeska
Edmond O'Brien ... Pat Mullins
Mercedes McCambridge ... Maggie Noonan
Cameron Mitchell Cameron Mitchell ... Zimmer
Paul Stewart ... Matt Costello
Gregory Sierra ... Jack Simon
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... The Baron
Dan Tobin ... Dr. Burroughs
John Carroll ... Lou Martin


A famed, and infamous, movie director, JJ Hannaford, dies in a car accident. He was about to release his latest movie and a documentary camera crew had been following him around in the days preceding his death. We see the events leading up to his death, the careers Hannaford destroyed, the enemies he made and his last film, The Other Side of the Wind. Written by grantss

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A New Motion Picture From Legendary Director Orson Welles See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Welles's original film shot was impounded in a French vault after the Iranian revolution in 1979. The main financier was the deposed Shah of Iran's brother-in-law. Welles took up a court case to get it released to artist ownership under the "Napoleonic Code" (newsreel footage clip in They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)): he lost, the French courts maintaining it was the property of the producer. See more »


In one confrontational scene, Brooks Otterlake, who Gregory Sierra's character, Jack Simon, refers to as, "Kid", is simultaneously Peter Bogdanovich and Rich Little. This is small overlap is because Rich Little was originally cast as the black turtleneck wearing, voice imitating director, Brooks Otterlake. However Bogdanovich replaced him, and Little's part was reduced to that of a Party Guest. See more »


[first lines]
Brooks Otterlake: [voice-over] That's the car, what was left of it after the accident. If it was an accident.
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Crazy Credits

A "special thanks for supporting our crowdfunding campaign" near the end of the credits includes multiple well-known film directors, including Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Brett Ratner, J.J. Abrams, and Sofia Coppola. See more »


Referenced in Vedro: Unaired Pilot (2013) See more »


Concert for Dad
In Memoriam Jack Marshall
Donte's 1973
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User Reviews

Worth the Ride
3 November 2018 | by Tail_End_CharlieSee all my reviews

Other reviews have shed light on the challenges and controversy surrounding the creation of this film, so I will not cover that. The initial scenes are haphazard, but after a short while, the plot adopts a firmer grasp. Some scenes were shot in b/w, and other in color, and the mix of the various film stocks does work, for the most part. Shrewd, biting humor infuse the entire film, which skewers the Hollywood studio system and offers glimpses of hangers-on, while highlighting the sordid nature of fame.

Wonderful cast, with standout performances from Huston and Foster. Some of the the dialogue appeared improvised, and the energy was highly-charged. The upbeat jazz score by Michel Legrand was terrific. Overall, I enjoyed this wild ride. Even so, I wonder what would have happened if Welles would have had the funds to personally helm this film into full fruition? Did he genuinely intend for this film to be finished by someone else? What would have happened if it had been retained as a lengthy, experimental journey?

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Release Date:

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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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