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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.


Arthur Hiller (as Alan Smithee)


Joe Eszterhas
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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


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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An Outrageous Look At Making Movies! See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


This movie was a box-office bomb, grossing just $52,850 against a budget of $10 million. It was only released in nineteen theaters. See more »


James Edmunds: [whispers] Call me "Daddy"!
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Crazy Credits

Various extra scenes and outtakes during the end credits. See more »


References St. Louis Blues (1958) See more »


I'd Rather Be a Porn Star
Written by Kim Andrew & Darren Edwards
Performed by Brilliant Sins
Courtesy of Noisy Bleeder Records
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User Reviews

This movie is good
29 July 2002 | by lochrianxSee all my reviews

I saw this movie like, three years ago on HBO, or something, and I thought it was awesome. So I decided to see what people on the net had to say about it, and I was shocked. Apparently everyone and there mother hates this film. I don't know why. Sure it's no masterpiece, but only a handful of movies are. When Roger Ebert said it was worst than Showgirls, he went too far. At worst, I expected reviews like 2/5 stars, or 4.5/10 points. Instead I got things like 0 stars, something I didn't even know existed. I could see people didn't like the way the actors looked at the screen (even though it was a mockumentary), or the way you can't care too much for any one character (even though it's a satire, in which society as a whole should look bad). The movie has an odd flow to it (is that bad?), which I found cool. I Don't see why people can praise films like "Memento" (which told a story in an unconventional way, just like "Burn"), or "Spinal Tap" (which has no real plot, just like "Burn"), and not give this movie, and at least average review. If you can find it, watch it and decide for yourself, don't take the word of these flakers and perpetrators.

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Release Date:

8 May 1998 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

An Alan Smithee Film See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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