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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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The movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$45,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,921
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During post-production, Joe Eszterhas announced through the media that Cinergi Pictures didn't have the money to pay for a soundtrack. He said he would finance the soundtrack himself, and asked artists to submit tracks for it. He received nine thousand two hundred CDs and cassettes, mostly from unknown, unsigned artists. He listened to a few tracks from each album, and compiled the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Myrna Smithee: We've always seen America as a very homogeneous society.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

AMAZING GRACE
Arranged by Gary G-Wiz
Performed by Jeremy Baka
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a "love it or hate it" thing
18 February 2002 | by PlanecrazyIkarusSee all my reviews

Why did I buy this movie? Because several (British) friends of mine were discussing it passionately, declaring it a masterpiece satire full of wit and irony that Americans (and Germans) would probably never understand.

And because the cast list looks like a dream collection of funny actors: Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Ryan O'Neall....

And then this. My friends were right. If there is any humour, I did not get it. The movie tells of film-editor Alan Smithee, who has been given a chance at directing for the first time. An action blockbuster of unseen proportions (and budget). Seeing this movie, I could not help suspecting that it depicts quite accurately what might have happened behind the set of "M:I-2", with a kind director being overrun by his star's and producer's egos.

Unfortunately, the story isn't told linearly, but in flashbacks, and in interviews, and with the trailer for the blockbuster. It wants to be a mockumentary. Like "Bob Roberts".

But it just isn't all that funny. And Eric Idle is wasted, as he only ever gets to run around screaming manically during most of the few scenes he has.

To some it might be a classic. For me it was agonizing....


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