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The Muse (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 August 1999 (USA)
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With his career on the skids, a Hollywood screenwriter enlists the aid of a modern-day muse, who proves to test his patience.

Director:

Albert Brooks

Writers:

Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... Steven Phillips
Sharon Stone ... Sarah Little
Andie MacDowell ... Laura Phillips
Jeff Bridges ... Jack Warrick
Cybill Shepherd ... Cybill Shepherd
Monica Mikala Monica Mikala ... Julie Phillips
Jamie Alexis Jamie Alexis ... Mary Phillips
Marnie Shelton Marnie Shelton ... Jennifer
Catherine MacNeal Catherine MacNeal ... Anne
Mark Feuerstein ... Josh Martin
Lorenzo Lamas ... Lorenzo Lamas
Jennifer Tilly ... Jennifer Tilly
Bradley Whitford ... Hal
Skip O'Brien ... Universal Studio Guard
Aude Charles Aude Charles ... Spielberg Secretary #1
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Storyline

What happens when a screenwriter (Brooks) loses his edge, he turns to anyone he can for help... even if it's the mythical "Zeus's Daughter" (Stone). And he's willing to pay, albeit reluctantly, whatever price it takes to satisfy this goddess, especially when her advice gets him going again on a sure-fire script. However, this is not the limit of her help, she also gets the writer's wife (MacDowell) going on her own bakery enterprise, much to the chagrin of Brooks, who has already had to make many personal sacrifices for his own help. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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In Goddess we trust.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

October Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,926,825, 29 August 1999

Gross USA:

$11,614,954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,670,561
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Company Credits

Production Co:

October Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Martin Scorsese, Jeff Bridges, Steven Wright and James Cameron; and four Oscar nominees: Rob Reiner, Sharon Stone, Albert Brooks and Jennifer Tilly. See more »

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They apparently have health department approval, but nobody wears a hairnet or cap while preparing the dough for the cookies. See more »

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Martin Scorsese: I want to do a remake of "Raging Bull" with a really thin guy. Not just thin, but REALLY thin. Thin and angry, thin and angry, thin and angry. Can you see it? Can you see it?
Steven Phillips: Kind of.
Martin Scorsese: Is there a Starbucks near here?
Steven Phillips: I'd be careful. I think you had your quota.
Martin Scorsese: Quota! That gives me an idea for something else entirely. I don't know you, we never had this conversation, we never met.
[walks off]
Steven Phillips: Hey, I sent you a script a few years ago.
Martin Scorsese: Never got it.
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Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
Written & Performed by Jimmy Cliff
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A Hollywood movie about Hollywood supported by SHARON STONE
29 June 2002 | by Italy-WeddingSee all my reviews

Albert Brooks' new comedy has again big names: Sharon Stone (as The Muse / Sarah), Andie MacDowell (as Laura) and Jeff Bridges (Jack).

The plot: Steven (Albert Brooks), has a difficult period in his life... no, he isn't sick or his marriage isn't breaking down (well not so far...) no, he lost his inspiration and that is what he needs for being a good screenwriter. He needs help and he asks a very good friend (played by Jeff Bridges) to give him a solution. Sarah, one of 9 muses is the best way to give him inspiration, but she is difficult muse, she has her quirks from time to time and sadly for Steven, her quirks are very expensive... but at least she gives him inspiration. Laura, the wife of Steven gets also inspiration from Sarah. She starts a little cookie -company. The rows between Steven and Laura begin to reach its peak. Then begins the fight for "the Muse"...

This movie wasn't great, but it was worth watching... my opinion is that every movie has something special and this also the case for this one...

Certainly the performance of SHARON STONE was wonderful, she is the best muse that I ever saw... I hope she continues to make movies after a stop for 2 years... lets hope that her health is good enough to carry on... ALBERT BROOKS was good as an actor, but sometimes the script didn't please me that much, probably the script that he is writing in the movie is better then the script of the movie. I hope that his upcoming movie with MICHAEL DOUGLAS will be a little bit better. ANDIE MACDOWELL was good to but she doesn't make a lot of movies... but I think it was very difficult to make something remarkable from her personage. JEFF BRIDGES was remarkable too; well he has the talent of his father Lloyd Bridges.

SPECIAL THINGS about the movie: 1. THE CAMEOS from Martine Scorcese (director from "The Gangs of New York) Rob Reiner (director from "The Story of Us" (see my review) James Cameron (director from Titanic) Also Jennifer Tilly and Lorenzo Lamas get a part in the movie as well. 2. The music from ELTON JOHN

WELL IT IS MAYBE NOT A HIGHFLYER BUT IT IS AMUSING FROM TIME TO TIME... GO AND SEE IT

Rating: 7,5 / 10 or **1/2 out of ****


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