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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.

Genres:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,614,236, 14 November 1999
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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 »

Goofs

Sarah's arm is resting on the arm of the chair when viewed from behind and resting in her lap when viewed from the front. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Tilly: Isn't Josh a doll?
Steven Phillips: Oh, yes, he's a real doll. He's like a regular little Chucky.
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References Free Willy (1993) See more »

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Amusing for movie buffs
30 April 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Albert Brooks's The Muse may be under-rated, but I found it OK. Brooks has always made movies that are good for a feel-food time, and this is a good example. Brooks plays a troubled writer who needs help to get his edge, so he gets a Muse (Sharon Stone is not her best, but good at being annoying) who inspires to do things. Cute comedy has many cameos some movie buffs might find hilarious. I find it entertaining. Cameos include James F. Cameron, Jennifer Tilly, Rob Reiner, Steven Wright (not as himself but he gives the funniest part as Stan Spielberg) and in the best cameo of the year, Martin Scorsese as himself, who interests Brooks in a remake of Raging Bull "Thin and Angry." Worth a gander, but not as many laughs as Bowfinger. A


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