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R | | Comedy, Romance | 4 June 1999 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Only one man in the Universe can get them on the right Trek... 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

Gross USA:

$30,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,229
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Technical Specs

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

The movie takes place in 1998 just before Mark's 30th birthday party, putting his birthday in 1968. However, in the flashback scene of Mark trying to get into Star Trek: The Motion Picture Mark says his age is 12 when asked by the women in the ticket stand, despite the fact that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in 1979 and the movie itself says 19 years earlier. This would make Mark already 30 by the time the film is taking place in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Robert: Mr. Shatner, I just wanted to say that you are the greatest American actor, ever!
Bill: I'm a Canadian.
Robert: Then you're the greatest Canadian actor... ever!
Bill: There aren't that many of them.
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The Forgotten Gene...Gene L. Coon See more »

Alternate Versions

The 5 Year Mission Extended Edition is approx' 8 minutes longer than the original version, with new special effects in certain scenes. See more »

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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

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Baila Plena
Written by Papo Vasquez (as Papo Vázquez)
Performed by Papo Vasquez (as Papo Vázquez) and Pirates & Troubadours
Artist Courtesy of Cubop Records/www.ubiquityrecords.com
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Like 'High Fidelity' for SF guys and the people who love them.
29 August 2004 | by cj909See all my reviews

I think the average viewer would be left cold by this movie, but for

those who have guys like this in their lives and perhaps have been

the 'geek'y female in their circle it's pretty cute. Also, Shatner rules.

As a chick who has spent part of the rent money on an original 12"

Boba Fett and spent adolescence keeping the one and only

Captain as her personal lord and savior, I totally recommend it. Its

place in film lore perhaps best belongs on Comedy Central on a

rainy Sunday afternoon, but sometimes that's enough.

I would have liked to seen more (or anything) done with the female

counterparts of these types of guys - many are not model types like

Claire but are interesting people in their own right. We're out there

searching for these guys while these guys are searching for

models who have our brains and sensitivities. (A wry, ironic, LOL

here.)


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