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Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 August 1999 (USA)
When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Steve Martin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy ... Kit Ramsey / Jiff Ramsey
Heather Graham ... Daisy
Christine Baranski ... Carol
Jamie Kennedy ... Dave
Barry Newman ... Kit's Agent
Adam Alexi-Malle ... Afrim
Kohl Sudduth ... Slater
Terence Stamp ... Terry Stricter
Robert Downey Jr. ... Jerry Renfro
Alejandro Patiño ... Sanchez (as Alejandro Patino)
Alfred De Contreras Alfred De Contreras ... Martinez
Ramiro Fabian Ramiro Fabian ... Hector
Johnny Sanchez ... Luis
Claude Brooks Claude Brooks ... Freddy
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Storyline

Forty-nine year old Bobby Bowfinger is the owner/president of a Hollywood-based production company, Bowfinger International Pictures. The company has yet to produce a film, Bobby's personal net worth is virtually zero, and the company only has $2,184 to its name, $1 invested into it personally by Bobby every week since he first decided he wanted to make a movie when he was a child. Bobby believes his fortunes will change when his accountant Afrim changes hats and writes a science-fiction alien invasion screenplay that Bobby thinks all studios will clamor for and has Oscar written all over it. He has a small stable of followers who support his vision in being part of this movie, which eventually includes Daisy as the lead actress, she a stereotypical small town girl looking to make it big in Hollywood. Having just arrived in town, she does not know her way around the Hollywood system,... except on her proverbial back. Bobby is not averse to telling bald-faced lies in his singular focus... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The con is on. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowfinger's Big Thing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,062,550, 15 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,384,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,625,775
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The company could only get Eddie Murphy for a brief, six week window, to shoot his role in the movie. He was in-between shooting Life (1999) and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and had just a brief time in his busy schedule to work on this project. See more »

Goofs

When Afrim and the LA Cop pull Kit over at the end of the movie, the LA Cop gets out of the car first. When Afrim is getting out, the LA Cop is sitting in the car talking on the radio. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Wow. Great script. Great script!
[to his dog]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Betsy? It's now or never. We are gonna make a movie.
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Crazy Credits

After the last credits roll, Kit's line, "I saved the world! I saved it," can be heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD "deleted scenes" section contains a much longer version of the "this script, this masterpiece" scene which in a Martin monologue explains why an accountant would write a sci-fi script. His first script, about the exciting world of accounting, was rejected in favor of something that at least has aliens in it. The title is "Star Wars," but that will have to be changed. Another scene features the most avant-garde dry-cleaning place you'll ever see, explaining better the "Kit's dry cleaning" material later on. See more »

Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Wake Up
Written by Geoff Levin and Chris Many
Performed by Geoff Levin and Chris Many
Courtesy of Firstcom Music
By Arrangement with Zomba Screen Music
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A Tiny Peek at how good Steve Martin Movies can be
27 December 2006 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Steve Martin has made some fine comedy movies - 'The Man with two Brains' 'All of Me' 'Dirty Rotten Scoudrels' and 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' to name just few. He has also made some wonderfully touching movies like 'A Simple Twist of Fate' where his acting ability really shows through. Unfortunately he does have a knack of making too many films that are merely mediocre or worse; films like 'Mixed Nuts' 'Sgt. Bilko' 'Bringing down the House' and 'Cheaper by the Dozen'

I am pleased to say that Bowfinger shows us Steve Martin close to his best; he plays the lead role and he also wrote this totally crazy, unbelievable and madcap comedy; and it is genuinely funny for all the right reasons. It is cleverly written and has a really interesting storyline. I thought it was brilliant fun, and well worth watching.

Steve Martin Fans will love this one 7/10


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