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Movers & Shakers (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 31 March 1988 (Italy)
Joe Mulholland, Head of Production at a Hollywood studio, makes a rather fool-hardy promise to a dying friend. He undertakes to make a major movie using the title - if not the content - of ... See full summary »

Director:

William Asher

Writer:

Charles Grodin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Joe Mulholland
Charles Grodin ... Herb Derman
Vincent Gardenia ... Saul Gritz
Tyne Daly ... Nancy Derman
Bill Macy ... Sid Spokane
Gilda Radner ... Livia Machado
Earl Boen ... Marshall
Michael Lerner ... Arnie
Joe Mantell ... Larry
William Prince ... Louis Martin
Nita Talbot ... Dorothy
Sandy Ward ... Doctor
Judah Katz ... Freddie
Peter Marc Jacobson ... Robin (as Peter Marc)
Sam Anderson ... Ray Berg
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Storyline

Joe Mulholland, Head of Production at a Hollywood studio, makes a rather fool-hardy promise to a dying friend. He undertakes to make a major movie using the title - if not the content - of a best-selling sex manual "Love in Sex". Enlisting the help of depressed screenwriter Herb Derman and rather off-centre director Sid Spokane to try and come up with an idea or two, Joe soon wishes he was not one of those people who always try to keep their promises. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreamers See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,580, 5 May 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$372,438
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BHC,United Artists See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid 1970s, Paramount Pictures paid a great amount of money to secure the rights to Alex Comfort's sex manual 'The Joy of Sex' just so they could use the title, which they found to be highly commercial. In 1978 they hired Charles Grodin to write a script, telling him the movie 'could be about anything'. Grodin decided to use this exact situation as the premise: a Hollywood writer struggles to write a script based on a sex manual after a big studio acquires the rights. When he finished his first draft, Paramount passed on the project. The title was still used by Paramount Pictures for a 1984 teenage sex comedy (Joy of Sex (1984)) See more »

Goofs

The huge prop dinosaur that is mounted on the lawn of the movie studio lot changes position in respect to nearby buildings several times throughout the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Can't We Go Home Again
Words and Music by Mitzie Welch and Ken Welch
Performed by Stephen Bishop
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A Golden Turkey
24 February 2002 | by aberlour36See all my reviews

This is surely one of the worst movies ever made. A comedy without a single laugh. The stupidity of the script, blame Charles Grodin for the entire film, is amazing. Steve Martin's performance was low, even for him. In short, awful and without redeeming features.


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