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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)

R | | Comedy | 8 May 1998 (Thailand)
When a rookie filmmaker with the unfortunate name Alan Smithee realizes he's an unwitting studio puppet, being forced to make a big-budget action movie, he knows is horrible, he steals the master reels and tries to make a deal.

Director:

Arthur Hiller (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... James Edmunds
Coolio ... Dion Brothers
Chuck D ... Leon Brothers
Eric Idle ... Alan Smithee
Richard Jeni ... Jerry Glover
Leslie Stefanson ... Michelle Rafferty
Sandra Bernhard ... Ann Glover
Cherie Lunghi ... Myrna Smithee
Harvey Weinstein ... Sam Rizzo
Gavin Polone ... Gary Samuels
MC Lyte ... Sista Tu Lumumba
Marcello Thedford ... Stagger Lee
Nicole Nagel ... Aloe Vera
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Bill Bardo
Erik King ... Wayne Jackson
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Storyline

Director Alan Smithee comes to Hollywood to make a movie. Due to a variety of factors, he decides to disown it and direct it under a pseudonym. Unfortunately, the Director's Guild requires that if a director disowns a movie in this fashion, he *must* use the official Director's Guild pseudonym...which happens to be Alan Smithee. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

An Alan Smithee Film See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 1 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,779
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Hiller removed his name from the credits after the film's production company, Cinergi Pictures, preferred the cut made by Producer and Writer Joe Eszterhas, over Arthur Hiller's cut. See more »

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Caption: Shane Black. Writer and Insomniac.
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Various extra scenes and outtakes during the end credits. See more »

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References Rocky II (1979) See more »

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Performed by Richard Green and Club Zigzag
Courtesy of Next Step Media
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The WORST movie of the 1990'S!!!
27 January 2000 | by shaun98See all my reviews

Joe Eszterhas is not the best writer in the world, but this is just pathetic. All we get is a bunch of talking heads that speak to the camera for an interminable period of time. The plot is practically nonexistent, the dialogue is lame, the acting pretty crummy, and the direction uninspired.

The result: an extremely boring, tedious, pointless mess. This film has no reason to exist. It offers no real insight into the studio system. It was made just so Joe could badmouth the studio execs who were presumely mean to him. Ironically, it turns out he's just as bad, as he recut the film against director Authur Hiller's wishes.

In short, "Burn Hollywood Burn" represents just about everything that can possibly be bad about a movie. It should be mandatory viewing for film students as a warning of the depths to which the medium can sink.

NOTE: Hiller removed his name from the project-so now it's really an Alan Smithee film!!

Rating: ZERO STARS!!!

86min/Released by Hollywood Pictures


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