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 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

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Devious, ruthless, shameless See more »

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Comedy

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

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The fourth film which Steve Martin and Frank Oz have worked together. See more »

Goofs

When Daisy chases Keith in the limo, during the filming of the scene she is much closer to the car then when the film is replayed later on. 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

Referenced in Dolemite Is My Name (2019) See more »

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Mambo UK
Written by Jesús Alemañy
Performed by ¡Cubanismo!
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Rykodisc Label
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A Winning Combination
4 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

After seeing how good the combination of director Frank Oz and actor Steve Martin was in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," I wasn't surprised that the two would make "Bowfinger" interesting, too. It's not the caliber of "Scoundrels," but it's still fun to watch.

Eddie Murphy, as usual, is responsible for a lot of laughs as he plays two characters: this paranoid New Age-type follower and a very nerdy stand-in actor. In both roles, he's effective. Terrence Stamp, meanwhile, does his normal intense job of acting as the leader of a far-out "mind group" that one of Murphy's characters belongs. Heather Graham provides the sex appeal. Few women have made the transition from wholesome country girl to sleazeball in one movie as Graham does here. It's shocking but laughable at the same time, which pretty much describes this odd film. Nice to see Steve Martin back in form, too.


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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

Gross USA:

$66,384,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,625,775
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1.85 : 1
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