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Free Enterprise (1998)

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 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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The Shat hits the fan 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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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Shatner originally turned down the role as himself. In the original script, Shatner was written as an imaginary mentor who would appear to Mark in times of trouble. But Shatner requested his character to be flawed and more human, which is why he portrays himself as a pompous, lonely drunk in the film. The writers used several anecdotes told by Shatner. The original idea was kept in one scene, in which he appears to Mark as a child. See more »

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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

Mark: A musical Julius Ceasar is quite possibly the worst idea I've heard since New Coke.
Robert: Jesus Christ, no kidding. My girlfriend bails on me and then I find out that the man I've idolized since I was two turns out to be a raving loon! I can't believe my life.
Mark: I usually can't believe your life either. But Shatner's dementia is no reason to give up the gospel of the original series!
Robert: Ok the man that we just met is not the man who invented the Corbomite Manuever, or the man who almost died defeating the...
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The Forgotten Gene...Gene L. Coon See more »

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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 The Color of Money (1986) See more »

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Giddy, goofy fun
8 July 2000 | by Ace-38See all my reviews

"Free Enterprise" is so giddily goofy in its charm and appeal that you just can't help but love it. The plotline concerns the trials and tribulations of two friends, bonded together by science fiction and "Star Trek" inparticular, having a chance meeting with their idol; William Shatner. This chance meeting develops into a business relationship for one and a friendship for the other.

Eric McCormack (TV's Will and Grace) stars as Mark, the slightly older and far and away more mature of the two friends. He will be 30 in a couple days and is having panicked "Logan's Run" flashbacks in his head as he wonders what his life had been worth so far. Mr. McCormack plays this role so well, the "I'm better than you" attitude just drips off the screen.

Rafer Weigel is Robert, the other half of this friendship tandem. He is more "damn the torpedoes" and lives life by a thread. Losing girlfriend after girlfriend because a rare collectible action figure is more important than rent or utilities, his character is constantly falling in and out of love. Nice role here as well, played with almost maddening indifference. You get the impression that's the way this guy is in reality as well. All that means of course, is that he really sold the part.

William Shatner is himself, clearly poking holes in his "Star Trek" facade. Shatner reveals "himself" to be a heavy drinking, porn reading but sincere guy. He plans to do a musical production of "Julius Caesar" with himself playing all the parts. The ending sequence concerns this,and has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Several faces from the past dot the background, Deborah Van Valkenburg ("The Warriors", "Too Close For Comfort"), Ellie Cornell ("Halloween 4" & 5). Nice to see Ellie is still acting. I liked her "Halloween" performances.

"Free Enterprise" shows that indie films have a life beyond "My Life As a Bar of Soap". That indie filmmakers have a wonderful sense of humor and direction, and that they can churn out "mass-pleasing" films.

4 out of 5


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