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Two less than successful film producers, approaching mid-life crisis and clinging to their nerdy sci-fi obsessions, suddenly meet their idol: William Shatner.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric McCormack ... Mark
Carl Bressler ... Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer Ethan Glazer ... Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin Phyllis Franklin ... Ticket Taker
Brandon Kleyla ... Young Kevin
Thomas Hobson ... Richard
Marilyn Kentz Marilyn Kentz ... Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ... Young Robert
Mickey Cassidy ... Bully
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Robert
Jennifer Sommerfeld ... Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
Tricia Cruz ... Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley Annika Brindley ... Astrid
William Shatner ... Bill
Michael Altman Michael Altman ... Eden Waiter
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Storyline

Young filmmakers (Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack) trying to hawk a movie titled "Bradykillers" about a serial killer who goes after victims Marcia, Jan, and Cindy meet their screen idol, William Shatner. Shatner, appearing as himself, has fun poking fun at his own image. The two young men, who idolize him and in their fantasies have seen him as a shadowy fairy godfather figure, are alarmed at the reality of the middle-aged non-Captain Kirk man that they meet. However, their relationship helps anchor the two more into reality. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Love long and party See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свободна инициатива See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,086, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,229
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Further, the credit "The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner" is a jibe at singer Prince, who for a period of time was known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" due to a conflict with his record company. Shatner's attempt at rapping Shakespeare in the movie includes many Prince song references. See more »

Goofs

Suzanne asks for a 5-letter Star Wars planet, as a clue in a crossword. They answer Endor, which is mistakenly thought of as an error. However, Endor is the name of the planet. What is typically referred to as "Endor" is actually the forest moon of Endor. Several characters in Return of the Jedi do say "Forest moon of Endor." See more »

Quotes

Dan: Maybe she's like Catherine Tremell in "Basic Instinct", you know? One day she's just going to plunge an ice pick into his nose.
Mark: He'd probably enjoy that. Killed by a naked blonde who doesn't wear underwear to the strains of a Jerry Goldsmith score. Come to think of it, I'd sort of dig that myself.
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Robert Meyer Burnett dedicates this film in memory of the works of the late, great Stanley Kubrick. "Viddy well." See more »

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References Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

As the End Draws Near
Written by Brian Bothwell and Perry Geyer
Performed by Manufacture with Guest Vocalist Sarah McLachlan
Artists Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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A light romantic comedy that proves William Shatner can act
21 May 2003 | by darkdaedraSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie on TV today and was really blown away. Who would have thought of a romantic comedy about two Trekkies(or Trekkers, not sure what the term is these days)? The movie appears to be at least somewhat autobiographical, and the story rings true.

Shatner comes through with the performance of a lifetime. His portrayal of himself is vulnerable and believable. His obsession with creating musical version of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caeser" is hilarious and it's really funny to see Shatner poking fun at himself.

All in all, this movie is surprisingly good and although really aimed at sci-fi fans, it is accessible to anyone. I highly recommend this lighthearted film.


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