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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 »

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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

Maggie Gyllenhaal handpicked Jonathan Fiorucci out of the extras to be the guy she makes out with in the film's climax. Director John Waters later found out that Fiorucci's mother and his own mother are friends, adding "that only happens in Baltimore." See more »

Goofs

After the Sproket Holes kidnap Honey, they leave the Senator Theatre, make a left in the next shot, then pass a Wendy's restaurant. That Wendy's is located on York Road in Govans, south of the Senator. They would not need to have turned. The two shots (the turn and the Wendy's) should have been reversed. See more »

Quotes

Cecil: I have a vision!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There was a quick shot in earlier prints of the movie theater showing the director's cut of "Patch Adams", where we see the sign advertising the director's cut. This shot can still be seen on the intro to the DVD menu, and in one of the trailers. See more »

Connections

References Lake Placid (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Seduction
Written and Produced by Carvin Knowles
Performed by The Sex-o-Rama Band
Courtesy of Oglio Records
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Unstill Waters
7 February 2001 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Many of you have probably never heard of this film, which stars Stephen Dorff as a rebel filmmaker who goes to some interesting extremes to get his movie made. The film is directed by noted underground director John Waters, and Waters tosses in scores of Hollywood in-jokes (check out the marquee during the opening credits!). The reason more people didn't see this in the theater is simply that it's so... so... different. It's highly unique, and therefore less likely to appeal to a mass audience.

But you do need to see it, really! Cecil B. Demented (Dorff) is the leader of a motley band of would-be film aficionados who kidnap a Hollywood actress (Melanie Griffith) at the premiere of her latest film. Demented's idea is to make a movie using guerrilla tactics, making the statement that studio films are Bad and independent films are Good. Waters' point is that the studio system is such that any movie coming out of it fits into a formula to make it more palatable to the masses - that is, that the movies you see in the multiplexes are dumbed down for your viewing pleasure.

Demented tries to achieve his vision by staging protests of a sort at movie houses, film screenings, speeches, and even a drive-in. His entourage includes a Satanist, a former porn star, and many other social and sexual deviants. There's hardly a taboo subject Waters doesn't cover here! And to be sure, the character of Demented himself never changes, which is in itself a welcome respite. Had this been a Hollywood film, you might have seen the nefarious filmmaker suddenly see the error of his ways in the final three minutes. I won't give anything away to you, folks, but rest assured that the characters remain true to themselves, except for Griffith's character. She changes, but it's a subtle, honest change.

There are surprises everywhere you turn, but let me warn you: this is absolutely not a film for everyone. There is plenty here to offend even the most open of minds. It is at once a unique, refreshing, and exciting film. It never even rests to catch its breath - it doesn't want the audience to fall back into its Hollywoodized lull.

Major kudos for screenwriting go to Waters and to his amazing cast. If you're into offbeat films, please watch this.


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