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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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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

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

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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Reflected in picture frame when Illa pulls Mark off the couch. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Do you wish Rhett never loved Scarlett? Rick didn't have Ilsa or Harry never loved Sally? Someone once said it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Succeed or fail, we must make the attempt, it's our nature. Now if it were up to me, as it usually is, I would order this. But its not. Because Claire is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any relationship with a man as intelligent but fantastically flakey as Robert. But I must point out the ...
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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 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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On the Boulevard
Written by Toledo, Malik Pointer and Walter Davis
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Surprisingly good and satisfying!
15 November 2002 | by KneumsiSee all my reviews

When this movie was in theaters I thought I might watch it because I was a Star Trek Fan, but decided not to put much effort into it because it appeared to be about lonely geeks obsessed with Sci-Fi.

I was wrong.

Free Enterprise is a remarkably funny film featuring interesting, respectable characters who are professionals, AND love Star Trek.

This movie is for all those guys out there who have girlfriends, who don't dress as Mister Spock, or live in their parents' basement amid tons of old comic books, but are still Star Trek fans.

But fans aside, this is a really well crafted comedy. It's not for kids, but just about anyone else will be able to find something to like in it. It's a very atypical screwball comedy with a lot of intelligence within it.

Whether you're a Sci-Fi fan or a Sci-Fi detractor, it makes no difference. This is a smart, funny film with something to love. Give it a shot.


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