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Cannes Man (1997)

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The Cannes Film Festival. It's where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It's where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it's ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Petit ... Frenchman
Robert Hockley Robert Hockley ... American
Luana Anders ... Agent on Phone
Jack Ong Jack Ong ... Minister
Francesco Quinn ... Frank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky
Rebecca Broussard ... Rebecca Lerner
Lloyd Kaufman ... Himself - Troma Chief
Lawrence Kasanoff ... Studio Exec
Duncan Clark Duncan Clark ... Duquesne Cameron
Gary W. Goldstein Gary W. Goldstein ... Producer
Seymour Cassel ... Sy Lerner
Therese Kablan Therese Kablan ... Tawny
Jim Stark Jim Stark ... Betting Producer
Randal Kleiser ... Director
Alex Ben Block Alex Ben Block ... Hollywood Reporter
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The Cannes Film Festival. It's where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It's where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it's where the art of the deal can be filled with more laughs than the deal itself. Sy Lerner is the quintessential movie producer, when he makes a bet that he can take any kid off the street and turn him into a superstar overnight using the universal language of the festival: hype. He meets Frank Rhinoslavsky and turns him into 'Frank Rhino, one of the hottest screenwriters to hit Cannes since Faulkner and Hemingway.' It's not long before celebrities and producers are lining up to meet this hot young star. Dennis Hopper, Treat Williams, Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and more, all want to meet the 'next Quentin Tarantino.' Sy charms them with his own particular blend of hype and substance, and by the end of the festival, has lined up one of the great casts of all time. But Sy Lerner still has a few tricks ... Written by Clint Weiler

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Homina Publishing

Country:

USA

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English | French | Norwegian

Release Date:

3 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canne$ Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France

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[Sy Lerner interrupts Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch while they are meditating in order to pitch them a film]
Sy Lerner: This is a very spiritual film. This is a film written by a poet, whose father was a poet, one of the great American cowboy poets.
Sy Lerner: [to Jim Jarmusch] And in fact, this is the kind of film that you would be perfect to direct. Now I don't know if you could handle a budget that big, 25 million, 'cause you're not used to working with that...
Jim Jarmusch: Hey, I could handle any budget - 100 million - but I'm ...
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one of the best unknown comedies for sure
21 July 2014 | by ojasicSee all my reviews

Seymour Cassel is simply hilarious as Sy Lerner,plot is funny and interesting through the whole time- Frank 'Rhino' Rhinoslavsky (Quinn) is a dumb part-time cab driver in New York who wants to break into film business. He doesn't have anything to offer, and just thinks that he can start at the top, as a writer. Opportunity knocks on Frank's door when he goes to the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France to deliver some props to Troma, Inc.

So, he meets Sy Lerner (Seymor Cassel), perhaps a bigger loser in movie business and as each person interviewed in this mockumentary, he has made a fool out of a lot of industry executives and cost them plenty of money. Lerner makes a bet with his friend that he can take any shmoe off the street and turn them into the biggest success around. And Frank is his shmoe. 'Rhino' is going to create the same success by letting others do all the work.

Sy Lerner takes on Frank as his pet project. He shows Frank how to dress and behave, tells him how to respond when being interviewed such as never saying too much, and always being ambiguous. Then Sy Lerner comes up with the vehicle for Frank's reputation, by naming him the writer of a new movie. Only the movie doesn't exist and Frank isn't a writer. And, even knowing Lerner's reputation, people buy into the garbage. And now, everyone wants a piece of that action. Lerner and Frank (now given a fitting industry name of "Frank Rhino") have everyone knocking down their door, popular directors, big name producers, and famous actors (including Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch). Interviews, press opportunities, everything: Frank is the "Cannes Man," and he didn't have to do much to get it. So, they are at the Cannes Film Festival. It's where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It's where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it's where the art of the deal can be filled with more laughs than the deal itself.


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