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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 overview, first billed only:
... Mark
... Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer ... Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin ... Ticket Taker
... Young Kevin
... Richard
Marilyn Kentz ... Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein ... Young Robert
... Bully
Rafer Weigel ... Robert
... Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
... Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley ... Astrid
... Bill
Michael Altman ... Eden Waiter
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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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4 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Свободна инициатива  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,086, 6 June 1999, Limited Release

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$30,229
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1.85 : 1
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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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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 »

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Mark: You're losing it. A year ago you'd already be re-enacting the kitchen scene from "9 1/2 Weeks". 'Course, my own sex life's more like 8 1/2 Weeks - Fellini meets Psycho. Scary.
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At the end, you hear Moaning Girl's phone sex orgasm again. See more »

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References The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) See more »

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No Tears for Caesar
Written by Freddie Rhone, The Rated R (as Rated R), Mark A. Altman (as Mark Altman) & William Shakespeare
Performed by William Shatner (as The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner) and The Rated R
Artist Courtesy of Mindfire Entertainment
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Clever, Funny and a Little Too Close to Home....
30 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I had a different idea of what this movie was about when I chose to watch this. I thought it would parody "Star Trek", sci-fi, and William Shatner. While it covered a vast amount of science fiction trivia, I think this is the kind of movie anybody could enjoy.

In watching this, I can see my friends and I being like this as we hit our 30+ marks in a few years, and hey, it looks like the best is yet to come. It goes to show that "fan boys" have real life problems and responsibilities just the same as anyone else. Of course, there are a few more, er, "dedicated" to the cause than others....

William Shatner was a lot of fun in this movie, and he deserves to get credit for this film. He lives up to all of the "Shatner stereotypes" in being larger than life, but he also lets go and enjoys the ride. I cheered Shatner just for being Shatner, and his "Julius Caesar" rap is as funny as can be without breaking the tone of the film and entering the "camp" zone.

This is a movie that is more fun for those who get the majority of the film references, but it doesn't require it.

I'd like to see what else these guys will put out. For a first film, it's excellent.


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