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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.

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George Huang

Writer:

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

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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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Back Stabbing - Two Faced - Revenge See more »

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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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Trivia

The quote "...you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, 'What do you really want?" was sampled for the track "Blindeye" on the 1998 Circle of Dust album, Disengage. See more »

Goofs

When Guy and Dawn are in the launderette, Dawn's collar alternates between being up and down. See more »

Quotes

Buddy: No offense to you, but you are just an assistant. Now, granted, you're MY assistant, but still just an assistant. Dawn, on the other hand, is a producer. Her car phone bills are more than your rent. So, just how far do you think you'll get?
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Connections

References The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »

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NEW FRENCH GIRLFRIEND
Written by Luke Haines
Performed by The Auteurs
Published by Polygram Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of Vernon Yard Recordings On Behalf Of Virgin
Records Ltd.
T/A Hut Recordings
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the finest "boss from hell" movie ever made
2 September 1998 | by EL RadekSee all my reviews

This was the story of my old boss, and since I wouldn't act out my revenge I pop this in and thank the lord for envelopes and hot sauce. If I ever meet Kevin Spacey I will give him a big hug for his huge talents and then pop him one for playing such a bastard as Buddy Ackerman. No matter how many times I watch this my gut wrenches and I break out into a sweat, but with Spacey's acting it's not a problem.


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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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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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