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Edtv (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 March 1999 (USA)
A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Émile Gaudreault (screenplay "Louis 19, le roi des ondes"), Sylvie Bouchard (screenplay "Louis 19, le roi des ondes") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Blake ... Keith
Gail Boggs Gail Boggs ... Wife
Jenna Byrne Jenna Byrne ... Felicia
Merrin Dungey ... Ms. Seaver
Ian Gomez ... McIlvaine
Gavin Grazer Gavin Grazer ... Clint
Chris Hogan ... Paul
Arianna Huffington ... Panel Member
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Husband (as Larry Jenkins)
Wendle Josepher ... Rita
Scott LaRose ... Desipio
John Livingston ... Terry
Mitzi McCall ... Fig Lady
Jim Meskimen ... Dr. Geller
Don Most ... Benson
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Storyline

In a Hail Mary move for corporate preservation, the San Francisco based Northwest Broadcasting Corporation launches True TV, a new network which will broadcast the life of an Average Joe or Jane, 24/7 live and thus unedited, the subject chosen signed initially for one month. The project is conceived and led by one of the producers, Cynthia, but her boss, NWBC president Whitaker, will take the credit if it succeeds, and let her sink as the captain of the ship if it fails. The network is rebranded EdTV when Cynthia believes she's found her subject, Ed Pekurny, a native Texas hayseed, who fits the two main criteria that she is looking for in the person: he is easy on the eyes, and he has what seems to be a potential trainwreck of a life in that he he is thirty-one years old, spends most of his time hanging out at the bar, and has no ambition beyond his longtime dead end job as a clerk in a video store. Ed did not actively campaign for the job - his blowhard of a brother Ray was the one ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a nobody everybody is watching See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ed TV See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,311,290, 28 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,362,500, 30 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,300,000, 15 August 1999
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several connections to Canada, mostly Montreal, can be noticed in this movie: 1. The Zamboni scene, a reference to hockey, a game founded in Canada (a Canadian flag can be seen), as the Sharks play once a year in Montreal, against the Canadiens. 2. In Ed's father's hotel room, there is a bottle of Seagram's whiskey, whose head office was in Montreal and were at the time, part shareholders of Universal Studios, which produced the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the theater bathroom, where Ed finds Shari, (after pursuing her from the video store) they show a reaction shot of Shari's roommate watching at home. Then Ed goes out to the production van and, again, they cut to a reaction of Shari's roommate. She is wearing a completely different outfit. See more »

Quotes

Ken: Of course I stopped payment on the plugs, you gave me DOLL'S hair!
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Connections

References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Como Ves
Written by Jesus "Chuy" Perez
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
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Why are you all comparing??
21 August 1999 | by Matrix-14See all my reviews

people who keep saying this is just like the truman show are stupid. it's completely different, and it didn't rip of anybody. both movies were probably being made at the same time. Truman Show has barely any similarities to EdTV. EDTV is a romantic comedy, light satire, and truman show is a drama. EdTV didn't get what it deserved at the box office and i respect howard whose direction is excellent, for releasing this movie when he did. Harrelson and Landau are hilarious and this is probably matthew's best performance i've seen of him. he really does a great job. jenna elfman too. Very funny, entertaining movie, and a great DVD. I laugh so hard when the camera man falls in the outtakes section of the bonus materials.


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