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This self-effacing comedy about film industry blues stars Robert Wuhl and Martin Landau as a writer/producer duo who must deal with the increasingly fickle demands of their film's financiers (Danny Aiello, Robert De Niro and Eli Wallach).


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Marvin Landisman
Jack Roth
Vasek Simek ...
Hans (as Vasek C. Simek)
Thomas R. Voth ...
Stuart Stratland, Jr.
Mary Mercier ...
Shelby's Waitress
Peggy Pauline
George Lieberhoff
Carmine Rasso
Patricia Riley
Evan M. Wright
Valet (as Bill Rotko)
Dimitri Dimitrov ...
Maitre d'
Beverly Dumont
Bernie (as Chuck Lowe)
Ernest Borgnine
Rachel Landisman
Fríða Aradóttir ...
Mrs. Evan M. Wright (as Frida S. Aradóttir)
Raphaela Rose Primus ...
Raphaela Wright
Warren Zell
Stuart Stratland, Sr.
Michael G. Kelley ...
Guard at Gate (as Michael Kelley)
Kathleen Johnsen ...
Party Guest (as Kathleen Johnson)
Leata Galloway ...
Mitch's Singing Student
Nina Small ...
Mitch's Singing Student
Mitch's Singing Student
Byron Simpson ...
Mitch's Singing Student
Debbie James ...
Mitch's Singing Student (as Debbie L. James)
Dawn Hopper ...
Mitch's Singing Student
Deirdre Hade ...
Party Goer
Party Goer
Hamburger Girl
Eileen Wilkinson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Party Goer (uncredited)
Brennan Howard ...
Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by

Barry Primus

Written by

Barry Primus ... (story)
Barry Primus ... (screenplay) &
J.F. Lawton ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Ruth Charny ... executive producer
Robert De Niro ... producer
Avi Kleinberger ... line producer
Bertil Ohlsson ... co-producer
Meir Teper ... producer

Music by

Galt MacDermot

Cinematography by

Sven Kirsten

Film Editing by

Steven Weisberg

Editorial Department

Lisa Cabral ... apprentice editor
Janice Campion ... second assistant editor
Peter Kalos ... apprentice editor
Melissa Kent ... apprentice editor
Christine Lee ... apprentice editor
Michael McCann ... negative cutter
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
Thomas J. Nordberg ... second assistant editor (as Tom Nordberg)
Evelyn Purwins ... first assistant editor

Casting By

Gail Levin

Production Design by

Phil Peters

Art Direction by

Randy Eriksen

Set Decoration by

K.C. Fox

Costume Design by

Susan Nininger

Makeup Department

Fríða Aradóttir ... key hair stylist (as Frida S. Aradóttir)
Gina DiMaria ... assistant makeup artist
Peggy Hannaman ... assistant hair stylist
Ilona Herman ... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro / makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil ... makeup artist

Production Management

Andrew Golov ... post-production supervisor
Avi Kleinberger ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Bruce Franklin ... first assistant director
Jeff Rafner ... second assistant director

Art Department

William Acedo ... lead man (as William Xavier Acedo)
Carol Banker ... painter (as Carol J. Banker)
Chuck Billen ... carpenter
Angie Bonner ... assistant property master
Dennis Brown ... assistant to production designer (as Dennis M. Brown)
Thomas Callaway ... carpenter
Loren Corney ... construction coordinator (as Loren D. Corney)
Colin De Rouin ... set designer
David Edwards ... carpenter (as David Eugene Edwards)
Jacqueline English ... art department coordinator
Adam Mead Faletti ... on-set dresser
Kenny Funk ... art department assistant (as Kenneth 'Buzz' Funk)
Jody Gaber ... set dresser (as Jody Levine)
Ted Haigh ... assistant art director
James B. Johnson ... carpenter
Robert La Due ... carpenter
Marik 'Travis' Little ... key set dresser
Gaetano Marino ... painter
Timaree McCormick ... property master
Michael H. Moran ... assistant set decorator
Celia Parker ... scenic artist (as Celia A. Parker)
Adrian Saxton ... carpenter
Phillip Schneider ... lead scenic artist
Mark Schouten ... carpenter
Sabrina Silver ... sketch artist
Steve Small ... construction crew foreman
Hector Velez ... model maker
Gwendolyn Witkin ... model maker (as Gwendolyn E. Witkin)
Theresa Wolz ... set dresser

Sound Department

Barney Cabral ... supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral ... sound editor
Lisa Cabral ... apprentice editor
Patrick Cabral ... assistant sound editor / foley artist
Toby Churchill-Brown ... sound editor (as Toby Brown)
Lawrence L. Commans ... boom operator
Don Crosby ... sound editor
Jacob Goldstein ... production sound mixer
Ed Golya ... adr recordist: Chicago
Phil Haberman ... sound editor
Alan Holly ... adr recording: Los Angeles
Terry Honore ... assistant sound editor
Matthew Iadarola ... Rerecording Mixer
Robin Johnston ... machine operator
Stanley Kastner ... Rerecording Mixer
Diane Marshall ... foley artist
T.A. Moore Jr. ... Rerecording Mixer
Brion Paccassi ... recordist (as Brion Paccasi)
Tom Perry ... Rerecording Mixer
Richard Raderman ... sound editor
Norto Sepulveda ... adr editor
Paul J. Zydel ... adr recording: New York
Tim Song Jones ... sound transferer (uncredited)
Dean St. John ... adr recording (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Roscoe Fowler ... special effects


Clay Boss ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Darwin Montana Browne ... company grip (as Darwin Browne)
Thomas Browne ... key grip (as Thomas V. Browne)
Erik A. Erichsen ... electrician
Pascal Franchot ... best boy grip
David Garcia ... video assistant
Eyal Gordin ... camera operator
Patrick Hoeschen ... electrician
Kurt Olaf Johnstad ... company grip
Christopher Lyons ... electrician
Robert W. McCarty ... additional best boy grip (as Robert McCarty)
Reginald Morris ... electrician
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... gaffer (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Scot A. Nederman-Paul ... film loader: second unit (as Scott Nederman)
Richard Osborn Jr. ... first assistant camera (as Richard G. Osborn Jr.)
Randy Paik ... second assistant camera
Christopher Prampin ... electrician
Joyce Rudolph ... still photographer
Jonathon E. Salzman ... company grip (as Jon Salzman)
Fred Samia ... additional camera operator: second unit
Stephen Sharp ... best boy electric
William D. Wynn ... company grip (as William Wynn)
Kevin Cook ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Lisa Braswell ... casting assistant
Louie Soeder ... extras casting
Todd Thaler ... casting: New York
Franklyn Warren ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Richard Bruno ... wardrobe: Mr. De Niro
Lisa Cacavas ... assistant to costume designer
Kimberly Guenther Durkin ... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Leesa Evans ... assistant wardrobe
Pene Hailes-Chambers ... set costumer

Location Management

Paul D. Boydston ... location assistant
Andrew C. Keeter ... assistant location manager
Jack Kney ... location manager

Music Department

Julie Arenal ... musical sequences
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Jamie Forester ... supervising music editor (as Jamie Gelb)
Celest Ray ... music coordinator
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)

Script and Continuity Department

Barbara Tuss ... script supervisor (as Barbara E. Tuss)

Transportation Department

Todd Adair ... driver (as Todd L. Adair)
Bob Bailey ... driver
Patrick M. Doyle ... driver
Fulton 'Greg' Gilson ... driver
Bobbie Green ... driver
Eddie Hatch ... driver
Bruce Holland ... driver
David Jernigan ... driver
Jim Kojaku ... driver
Gregory A. Landes ... driver
Lou Leucart ... driver
Raymond Loiselle ... driver
Mike Middleton ... driver
Wayne Nelson ... transportation coordinator (as Wayne R. Nelson)
Mike Shannon ... driver
Danny L. Swanson ... transportation captain
Mel Underwood ... driver
Wayne Williams ... driver

Additional Crew

Thomas D. Adelman ... production coordinator
Lennie Appelquist ... set location production assistant
Lawrence L. Artis ... security coordinator
Laura Bagano ... food stylist
Tim Boggs ... set location production assistant
Steven Buhai ... set location production assistant
Robin Chambers ... assistant: Mr. DeNiro
Betsy Chasse ... assistant production coordinator (as Betsey Chasse)
Catherine Cushman ... assistant: Ms. Charny
Anthony D'Esposito ... set production assistant
Michael Dawkins ... jewelry: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Ingrid Delaney ... assistant security coordinator
Harry Governick ... office production assistant
Vera Hart ... assistant: Mr. Teper
Guy Hogle ... set location production assistant
Dorne Huebler ... title designer
Pam Jackson ... office production assistant
Peter Kalos ... assistant: Mr. Primus
Cornelia Kiss ... pre-production assistant to director
Randy Kwan ... set location production assistant
Ashley Lowengrub ... office production assistant
Michelle Marx ... unit publicist
Conte Mark Matal ... key set production assistant
Robert Myers ... set location production assistant
Debra Neathery ... first aid (as Deborah K. Neathery)
Steven O'Dell ... office production assistant
Chris Palzis ... craft service / set production assistant
Mark Panchura ... stand-in
Louis Puopolo ... office production assistant (as Louis A. Puopolo)
Elena Santaballa ... set location production assistant
Scott Shiffman ... accountant
Jackson Sleet ... stand-in
Thomas Spahn ... synthesizer programmer
William I. Stevens ... office production assistant
Sharon B. Taksel ... assistant accountant
Phil Waxman ... special consultant
Stuart Weitzman ... accessories: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Debra Wilkes ... office production assistant
Philip Willcox ... stand-in
Jennifer Willoughby ... assistant to producers
Tommy Ardolino ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A comedy about a screenwriter (Robert Wuhl), whose old movie script is read by a producer (Martin Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (Danny Aiello, Robert De Niro, and Eli Wallach) has his own mistress that he wants put into the film. Gradually, the screenwriter is forced to make changes to his script to accommodate these backers, until he finally sees no semblance of his original ideas in the writing. Written by BOB STEBBINS

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Taglines The Director Had A Vision. The Producers All Had Girlfriends. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Hollywood Mistress (United States)
  • Hollywood Mistress (France)
  • Mistress - Die Geliebten von Hollywood (Germany)
  • Gente de Sunset Boulevard (Spain)
  • Jokaisella on rakastajatar (Finland)
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  • 110 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $34,146, 09 Aug 1992

Did You Know?

Trivia Barry Primus had been shopping his script around at different studios for several years before his good friend Robert De Niro agreed to back the film, and take a co-starring role. See more »
Goofs The boom mike drops below the frame during the meeting with George and Peggy while Stuart mentions possible changes to the script. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Unforgiven/Mistress/Death Becomes Her/Enchanted April/London Kills Me (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Sex Goddess See more »
Quotes Marvin Landisman: That's it. I'm going back to the original script! I'm not making any changes. Any changes!
Stuart Stratland Jr.: Marvin, what are you talking about? They won't make the film! Don't be self-destructive.
Marvin Landisman: Help me, Stuart. I mean, you're a smart guy. There's a great story here. Just help me use these women to tell it. It's my fault. I never told you what this all came out of.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: It's about that actor comitting suicide on your film.
Marvin Landisman: No. It's about how I killed him.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: What?
Marvin Landisman: Believe it or not Stuart once I was pretty hot. From an old novel I wrote a script about a ruthless gambler who destroys someone he loves. Life changes for him and then isolated and desperate, he realizes who he is and he kills himself. Pretty grim stuff but I got Warren Zell. Warren was a very special actor. He was an original but he had been through a lot and he wasn't acting anymore. See, I had been his student. He trusted in my plan and I convinced him that I could give what he had been through meaning. Warren was amazing. The film suddenly had an incredible mystery to it. Actually it was too good. The producers loved the rushes and thought it might be a Christmas release. Oh, they had one small change. Take out the suicide. Instead have the character recite some speech like, "There's always another day." It was at four o'clock in the afternoon. I had a terrible headache. I can still hear the thud.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: God, that's sick. He was crazy!
Marvin Landisman: Of course he was or he wouldn't have jumped. But he was too weak to fight us any other way. He had to remain honest to himself and the suffering he represented. I was betraying him. Turning this into an insane farce. Don't you see, Stuart? This is what the film *needs* to be about. The fact that not everything is for sale. That some things just have to be left as they are. Help me, Stuart. I want his death to mean something.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: Marvin, they're only making this to put their girlfriends in it.
Marvin Landisman: Then take out the painter.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: He's a photographer and we can't take him out. The whole thing revolves around him!
Marvin Landisman: Okay, leave him in. But take out the suicide.
Stuart Stratland Jr.: What are you, crazy? After all the trouble we went through to sell it? That's the only element everyone agrees on!
Marvin Landisman: I can't bear him dying amidst all this crap! Let him get hit by a car. Let him leave town! Some shit!
Stuart Stratland Jr.: It's a little late for that, Marvin. The suicide stays!
Marvin Landisman: You take it out! I'm not gonna have him turned into a comic book. I'm not gonna murder him again!
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