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Soapdish (1991)

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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:

Babka z zakalcem See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$36,489,888
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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

Extensive re-shoots on this film forced Kevin Kline to withdraw from Hook (1991). He was replaced by Robin Williams. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where David and Montana are conspiring on the "beach" set, David is wearing his glasses, but when the angle switches to an over-the-shoulder shot from behind him, his glasses are suddenly off. See more »

Quotes

[scene switch back and forth of Celeste, Lori, and Jeffrey in Edwards' office]
Celeste Talbert: I never worked in an atmosphere like this before.
Jeffrey Anderson: This whole pregnancy thing is a scam! I resent being treated like a leper!
Lori Craven: Having to work with these two is a personal nightmare for me. I'm on the verge of a breakdown!
Celeste Talbert: I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown!
Jeffrey Anderson: I could conceivably have a breakdown.
Lori Craven: I mean, can you imagine what it's like having to face them on the set every single day?
Celeste Talbert: It just seems to get harder and ...
[...]
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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 »


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El sol también se pone
Written by Ludar Felsenstein
Performed by Ludar Felsenstein (as Ludar)
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A crackling sendup of the daytime TV world.
19 October 2003 | by BellarmineSee all my reviews

The scene where Sally Field and Whoopi Goldberg go to the mall to revive Sally's flagging spirits is enough reason alone to enjoy this movie, but wait! There's more! This is a crackling good sendup of daytime TV, movie stars on the way down, (and up) and the horrors of love. Robert Downey Jr shows the lighter side of his genius, and Cathy Moriarty is splendid. The dialogue is witty, and the physical humor done with consummate skill. This is a movie that will appeal to those who really enjoy the arts of acting, directing, and writing.


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