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Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.

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Nick Chapman
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Susan Rawlings
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Allen Habel
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Lydia Johnson
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Emmet Sumner
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Jenny Sumner
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Gretchen
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Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould ...
Carl Manknik
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Lori Pressman
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Todd Marvin
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Mark
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Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens ...
Mr. Chapman
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Polo Habel
Suzy Cote ...
Mindy Habel (as Suzy Coté)
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M.C. (as Eddie Albert Sr.)
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Janet Kingsley
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Attorney
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Judge
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Wounded Soldier
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Man in Nick's Movie
C.W. Hemingway ...
Joey
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Daughter
Yvonne Peattie ...
Mrs. Feldzar
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Charlie
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George
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Sharon
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Young Sharon
Wesley Pfenning ...
Woman in Cabin
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Bartender
Richard Blake ...
Abe Lincoln
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Babe Ruth
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Waiter (as T. Scott Coffey)
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Businessman
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Video Show Host
Tom Maier ...
Building Manager
Michael Jocum ...
PEZ® People
Tim Landers ...
PEZ® People
Martin Lund ...
PEZ® People
Mike Miller ...
PEZ® People
Novi Novog ...
PEZ® People
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Woman in Restaurant
Jennifer Karr ...
Woman in Restaurant
Sue-Ann Leeds ...
Woman in Restaurant
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Man in Restaurant
Jim Pollack ...
Man in Restaurant
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Restaurant Manager
Victor Steinbach ...
Andres Vargiak
Arlene Lorre ...
Cleopatra
George Rogan ...
Security Guard / Nazi
Perla Walter ...
Housekeeper
Pamela Morris ...
Cheryl
Lulie Newcomb ...
Receptionist
Patty Howeth ...
Woman with Fridge
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Stewardess
Britta Wilson ...
Stewardess
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Stewardess (as Suzanne M. Slater)
Brad Zutaut ...
Surfer
Matthew Eichler ...
Piano Player
Nadine Lenore Patterson ...
Twin
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Prosecutor - Trial of Janet Kingsley (uncredited)
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Neil Sussman - Nick's Agent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Christopher Guest ... (directed by)

Written by

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Michael Varhol ... (story) &
Christopher Guest ... (story)
 
Michael Varhol ... (screenplay) &
Christopher Guest ... (screenplay) &
Michael McKean ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Richard Gilbert Abramson ... executive producer
William E. McEuen ... executive producer
Richard Luke Rothschild ... associate producer
Michael Varhol ... producer (produced by)
Valen Watson ... associate producer

Music by

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David Nichtern ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Jeffrey Jur ... director of photography (as Jeff Jur)

Film Editing by

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Martin Nicholson ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Lillian C. Best ... negative cutter: 16 mm
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter: 35 mm
Tony Kadell ... first assistant editor
Fred Peterson ... second assistant editor
Diane Witter ... editorial trainee

Casting By

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Nina Axelrod ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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Joseph T. Garrity

Art Direction by

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Pat Tagliaferro ... (as Patrick Tagliaferro)

Set Decoration by

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Jerie Kelter

Costume Design by

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Karen Patch

Makeup Department

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Gina Monaci ... key hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Richard Luke Rothschild ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Deason ... first assistant director
Keri L. McIntyre ... second second assistant director
Audrey Molloy ... second assistant director
Michael Varhol ... second unit director
Kelly Wimberly ... second assistant director

Art Department

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G. Roger Abell ... set dresser
Todd Badalato ... swing gang
Ken Deubel III ... construction coordinator
Andrea Dietrich ... storyboard artist (as Andrea Diedrich)
Richard A. Frisch ... set dresser
Rick Galbraith ... construction coordinator (as Richard Galbraith)
Robert Lucas ... leadman
Noel A. Middleton ... swing gang
Michael George Miller ... set dresser
Jérôme Perrin ... key carpenter
Carole Récamier ... draper
Philip Steuer ... property master
Benjamin Stuart Thompson ... carpenter (as Benjamin Thompson)
Jean-Yves Thoreau ... locksmith
Bill Zullo ... assistant property master (as William Zullo)
Tal Wallace ... mason (uncredited) / propmaker (uncredited)
Randall D. Wilkins ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Beth Bergeron ... adr editor
Forrest Brakeman ... boom operator
Greg Curda ... foley mixer
Lily Diamond ... assistant sound editor
Dody Dorn ... supervising sound editor
Michael Dressel ... foley editor
John P. Fasal ... sound effects recordist (as John Paul Fasal)
David Fechtor ... foley editor
David Gertz ... sound recordist
Sarah Goldsmith ... sound editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Kimberly Harris ... sound editor
Cynthia E. Hill ... sound assistant
John Hoeren ... sound editor
Jon Huck ... production sound mixer
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Jonathan Klein ... apprentice sound editor
Blake Leyh ... supervising sound editor
Stephanie Lowry ... assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe ... foley walker
Janelle Showalter ... assistant sound editor
Frank Smathers ... sound editor
Kelly Tartan ... sound editor
Jerry Trent ... foley walker
Allen Hurd ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Gary D'Amico ... special effects coordinator (as Gary P. D'Amico)
David A. Poole ... special effects assistant
Ken Speed ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Benoît Revilliot ... cg supervisor
Mark Sullivan ... visual effects

Stunts

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Richard Lundin ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ismael Araujo Jr. ... grip
J. Patrick Daily ... key grip
Duane Dell'Amico ... lighting technician
Don Devine ... camera operator
John Doherty ... rigging gaffer (as John J. Doherty)
George Gary ... lighting technician
Paul Hughen ... first assistant camera
Dwight Joseph Lavers ... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Kelly Elder McGowen ... second assistant camera (as Kelly McGowen)
Charlie McIntyre ... lighting technician (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
Kevin Myers ... rigging gaffer
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross ... grip
Philippe Pierre ... electrician
Ronald J. Pure Jr. ... lighting technician
John 'Fest' Sandau ... best boy electric
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Woogie Thomas ... lighting technician (as 'Woogie' Thomas)
James R. Tynes ... gaffer
Tom West ... best boy grip
Eric Whitehead ... grip

Casting Department

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Joel A. Blumenau ... casting assistant
Bess Gilbert ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kim Carleton ... wardrobe
Shari Griffin ... wardrobe
Mohamed Rai ... wardrobe: Morocco
Ellen Robinson ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Barry Gremillion ... location manager
Valérie Novel ... location scout: Paris
Martha Pilcher ... assistant location manager (as Martha C. Pilcher)

Music Department

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Sally Boldt ... music editor
Laura Livingston ... music recording engineer
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)

Transportation Department

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Sheridan Ross Batson ... driver (as Sheridan Batson)
Howard Brady Davidson ... driver (as Howard Davidson)
Gary Hellerstein ... transportation coordinator
Marlo Hellerstein ... transportation captain
Steve Humphrey ... driver
Greg Landis ... driver
Gary Paulsen ... driver
Jim Sullivan ... driver
Tom Winchester ... driver (as Thomas Winchester)

Other crew

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Debra Baumann ... assistant: Christopher Guest
Patricia Billings ... assistant: Michael Varhol
Suzi Bond ... craft service
Jennifer Zolten Freed ... production accountant (as Jennifer Eden Zolten)
Damian Ganczewski ... assistant production coordinator
Dea E. Hickox ... assistant accountant
Steve Housewright ... set production assistant (as Steven E. Housewright)
Thomas Lipmann ... making-of director
Richard Lundin ... horse wrangler
Burke Mattsson ... title designer
Karl Lewis Miller ... dog trainer (as Karl Miller)
Marshall Peck ... production assistant
Kevin B. Piatt ... first aid
Barbara Pieters ... post-production accountant
Judith Saunders ... script supervisor
Nancy Rae Stone ... production coordinator
Joan Thompson ... welfare worker
Diane Witter ... production assistant

Thanks

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Sophie Jézéquel ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost? Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines Film School prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Big Picture (Germany)
  • Nuevos cineastas (Spain)
  • Il grande regista (Italy)
  • Ensimmäinen leffa (Finland)
  • Великият филм (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Martin Short regrets not appearing in the film's credits. The reason he is uncredited: He was considered an "extended cameo" only having four scenes, totaling seven minutes. In his autobiography, he was so proud of the Neil Sussman character, that he wished he'd asked for screen credit. See more »
Goofs In Lydia's apartment she begins to raise her beer to her mouth in one shot, but in the next shot it's back by her side. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sea of Love/True Love/The Big Picture/Shirley Valentine/The Rachel Papers (1989). See more »
Soundtracks The Whites of Their Eyes See more »
Quotes Neil Sussman: I'm very, very aware... that you are seeing other agents. And I think it's good that you are. Finally, I mean it's healthy. But, this is the thing. If you decide to sign with me, you're gonna get more than an agent. You're gonna get three people.
[Holds up four fingers]
Neil Sussman: You're gonna get an agent, a mother, a father, a shoulder to cry on, someone who knows this business inside and out. And if anyone ever tries to cross you, I'll grab them by the balls and squeeze 'til they're dead.
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