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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bowfinger
... Kit Ramsey / Jiff Ramsey
... Daisy
... Carol
... Dave
... Kit's Agent
... Afrim
... Slater
... Terry Stricter
... Jerry Renfro
... Sanchez (as Alejandro Patino)
Alfred De Contreras ... Martinez
Ramiro Fabian ... Hector
... Luis
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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The con is on. See more »

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

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bowfinger's Big Thing  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a real incident in 1927. A Russian filmmaker covertly shot footage of the vacationing Mary Pickford, and fashioned an entire film around the footage, creating the illusion that Pickford was actually starring in this Russian film. See more »

Goofs

When the 2 cops pull over Kit's Mercedes, the driver exits and draws his weapon, then from another angle he's back behind the wheel, only to return to have his weapon drawn again a couple seconds later. 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 »

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References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Wonderful One
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland & Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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The con worked for me
11 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Bowfinger How does Bobby Bowfinger, Hollywood's least successful director, get Kit Ramsey, Hollywood's biggest star, in his ultra low-budget film? Anyway he can. With an ingenious scheme and the help of Kit's eager and nerdy brother, Jiff, an ambitious and sexy wanna be actress and over-the-hill diva. Bowfinger sets out to trick Kit Ramsey into the performance of a lifetime.

To describe Bowfinger, it is a stupid idiotic film, which works. I thought it was terrific. Steve Martin (who wrote the film) plays the part of a hopeless director perfectly. While the other main star Eddie Murphy, again pulls off another great double as both Kit and Jiff Ramsey. Is there an end to this guys talent? i look forward to seeing Nutty Professor 2 soon. Heather Graham was again at her sexy best as Daisy. The other stand out actor for me in this film was Terrence Stamp. Can you remember him from Superman 2? That's right he was General Zod and in Bowfinger he is Terry Stricter, Kit's Councillor. His role was also well done. A final mention to one star, but with four legs, Mindy (aka Betsy) who was used perfectly. Animals who star on any movie or TV show have a special talent, this dog is no exception. Bowfinger is also a movie within a movie, which at any time must be hard to shoot, but thanks to Aussie director Frank Oz, Bowfinger comes out beautifully. Bowfinger Scores 3.5/5 Stars or 7/10. If you want a laugh see this wild, funny comedy!


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