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Soapdish (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1991 (USA)
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An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Robert Harling (story), Robert Harling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Moriarty ... Montana Moorehead
Teri Hatcher ... Ariel Maloney
Robert Downey Jr. ... David Barnes
Sally Field ... Celeste Talbert
Paul Johansson ... Bolt
Elisabeth Shue ... Lori Craven
Whoopi Goldberg ... Rose Schwartz
Kevin Kline ... Jeffrey Anderson
Arne Nannestad Arne Nannestad ... Burton White
Tim Choate ... A.D.
Kathy Najimy ... Tawny Miller
Costas Mandylor ... Mark
Cornelia Kiss Cornelia Kiss ... Receptionist
Rob Camilletti Rob Camilletti ... Actor (as Robert Camiletti)
Marianne Muellerleile ... Housewife
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Storyline

Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A Deliciously Malicious Comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soapdish See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,736,380, 2 June 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,489,888
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role, because his then wife, Loni Anderson, told him that the whole of Hollywood would laugh at her, as Reynolds and Sally Field once had a very publicized love affair. See more »

Goofs

When Monica Demonico enters the set from the side after Jeffery Anderson re-acquaints himself with Celeste, a hand is visible on the door just after she enters the room. Off to the side, the only person waiting to enter the set is Bolt, Celeste's husband. See more »

Quotes

Celeste Talbert: What I feel like is Gloria effing Swanson. I'm 42 yrs old, I don't want to be dressed like a dead woman."
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Crazy Credits

Early in the opening credits we see the words "a hamon cheimafflo film". The letters of the two middle words then rearrange themselves, one "o" slipping off the side of the screen, to form the name of director Michael Hoffman. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) See more »

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El sol también se pone
Written by Ludar Felsenstein
Performed by Ludar Felsenstein (as Ludar)
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I loved this movie!!!!
28 September 2002 | by guil12See all my reviews

From the opening credits to and through the final credits ballroom cast celebration, this movie had me laughing and applauding the nonsense and hysterical plot. What a cast of stellar performers in certainly an ensemble approach to this flick. For they all seemed to have fun along the way and shared in the carrying out of a deliciously funny film. With Sally Field [who can do no wrong] Kevin Kline [a master of a line and expression] Robert Downey Jr. [brilliant and who can forget the other side of the coin and his performance as Charlie Chaplin] and Whoopi Goldberg [her one liners are a treasure "I'll say amen"] But let us not forget the supporting cast who stand out on their own, not to be overshadowed by the stars. Cathy Moriarty [very imposing and having a surprise for us all later in the plot working flawlessly along side of Downey] Elisabeth Shue [who can bring honesty along with humor in her performance] Paul Johansson [gorgeous hunk playing the soap hero bringing some very funny moments on his own] the delightful Kathy Najimy [who steals every scene she's in as the costumer who keeps dragging smokes throughout the film] Carrie Fisher [small role of casting agent on the lust for Rob Camilletti, an actor auditioning for a one liner as waiter] and the delectable Terri Hatcher as one of the stars of the soap who spends most of her time pushing up her breasts for the camera and for off camera. Put all of these terrific performers in one film and you have terrific comedy and a fast paced film. Hats off to you all. I have the VHS and never tire from watching this little treasure.


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