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.
A four-part TV series exploring the lives and tragic deaths of four Welsh personalities who sought fame and fortune in Hollywood. Starlet Peg Entwistle gained notoriety in 1932 by becoming ... See full summary »
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
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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