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Cecil B. DeMented (2000)

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An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.

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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Honey Whitlock
Stephen Dorff ... Cecil
Alicia Witt ... Cherish
Adrian Grenier ... Lyle
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Raven
Jack Noseworthy ... Rodney
Mink Stole ... Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
Ricki Lake ... Libby
Patricia Hearst ... Fidget's Mom
Michael Shannon ... Petie (as Mike Shannon)
Kevin Nealon ... Kevin
Eric Barry ... Fidget (as Eric M. Barry)
Zenzele Uzoma Zenzele Uzoma ... Chardonnay
Erika Auchterlonie ... Pam (as Erika Lynn Rupli)
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Storyline

In Baltimore, guerrilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented leads a band of cinema revolutionaries who kidnap Honey Whitlock, a bitchy and aging movie star of big-budget froth. Cecil wants her in his movie, a screed against Hollywood they film during blitzkrieg attacks on a multiplex, a Maryland Film Commission press conference, and the set of a "Forrest Gump" sequel. He insists on celibacy; the cast and crew channel sexual energy into the production. With a family-values coalition, aggrieved Teamsters, and the police on their trail, Cecil needs help from porno, kung-fu, and drive-in audiences. What about Honey? Will she bolt or refuse to act? Or will she hit her marks and light up the screen? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Long live guerilla film making! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. Demente See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,141, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,284,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Stephen Dorff and Jack Noseworthy played best friends six years earlier in director Jefery Levy's 1994 Generation X black comedy, S.F.W. See more »

Goofs

When raiding the Gump sequel production two PA's are attacked and one is holding a tray of coffee. It is obvious by the way the cups fall and there is no splash that the cups are actually empty. See more »

Quotes

Cherish: We can fuck now?
Cecil: From here to Timbuktu!
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Crazy Credits

The credits thank "Fred and Ginger" both insinuating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the dance duo, and "Fred e Ginger" a movie by Federico Fellini, paying homage to the duo. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

An Extra Piece of Dead Meat
Written by David Astor, Robert Bray, Joseph Karam, Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian
Performed by The Locust
Courtesy of Gold Standard Laboratories
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Waters' return to form
24 June 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

While I've enjoyed John Waters recent output, movies like Pecker and Serial Mom have played it a little to safe for my liking. It's great to think of middle-America watching any kind of Waters movie rather than pap like Pearl Harbor and The Mummy Returns, but these movies only give half the picture. While Cecil B. Demented isn't pure unadulterated Waters like Pink Flamingos, it is his best movie since Cry Baby, and a complete HOOT. Man, the sheer energy and humour of this movie, and the basic message of its love for REAL cinema, really pushed my buttons and left me grinning from ear to ear, and UP for a week afterwards! Hopefully someone out there is listening, 'gets it', and will check out some earlier Waters, and some of the work of Sprockets heroes, and their lives will be enriched forever.


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