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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 21 April 1995 (USA)
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

Director:

George Huang

Writer:

George Huang
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kevin Spacey ... Buddy Ackerman
Frank Whaley ... Guy
Michelle Forbes ... Dawn Lockard
Benicio Del Toro ... Rex
T.E. Russell ... Foster Kane
Roy Dotrice ... Cyrus Miles
Matthew Flint Matthew Flint ... Manny
Patrick Fischler ... Moe
Jerry Levine ... Jack
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Storyline

A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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In Hollywood all his dreams could come true... But first he has to make coffee. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some scenes of psychological/physical torture and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boss See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,703, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$382,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$382,928
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey) tells an employee that he will become a shoe salesmen. Kevin Spacey worked as shoe salesmen before becoming a successful actor See more »

Goofs

Buddy Ackerman has a binder with a piece of paper on top. When he throws it to the desk and talks to Guy, the paper falls off the binder, but re-appears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Buddy: Life is not a movie. Good guys lose, everybody lies, and love... does not conquer all.
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Connections

References 1941 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

HALF A LIFE
Written by Richard Butler & Tim Butler
Performed by Love Spit Love
Published by Mother-Son, Inc. / Irving Music, Inc. (BMI) /
Fullsafe Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of the Imago Recording Co.
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Well-played, but way too uneven ...
9 April 1999 | by NChriSee all my reviews

Yes, the performances (especially Spacey's--mesmerizing) were excellent, but the film suffers simply because it does not know what it wants to be. Both halves are well-done, but placed side-by-side it almost seems as though two separate films were hastily meshed together by an overworked film editor. The comedy is far too light to stand aside overly dark torture scenes, although Spacey does a fine job in turning what is essentially a caricature of a tough boss into a multi-level (and very stirring) performance. I do, however, have to agree with some of the posts on this board--Spacey's motivation in the last scenes is indeed very difficult to comprehend.


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