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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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to This Filthy World (2006), John Waters' inspiration for this film came when Film Threat Magazine told its readers to attack the readers of Premier Magazine, and some did. See more »

Goofs

You can see Melanie Griffith's real hair coming out from under the blonde wig in the scene where her roots are getting treated (the same scene where the whole crew learns of the Forest Gump sequel). See more »

Quotes

Honey: I am ready for my close-up, Mr. Demented.
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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 Melinda (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Demented Forever
Written by John Waters, Stephen Janis, Daniel Woodis and Sheree Magwood
Performed by Karen McMillan
Produced by Stephen Janis
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"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMented"

After the bloody awful "Pecker", John Waters made this hilarious satire about a radical independent director, Cecil B. DeMented (Stephen Dorff) and his wild crew (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Adrian Grenier and Alicia Witt, among others) who kidnap a spoiled Hollywood starlet (Melanie Griffith, self-parodying her career of once successful turned B-list name) and force her to star in an underground film. In a world where the spoofs are made for the teenage audience and with the only purpose of recreating blockbusters' popular scenes (the "Scary Movie" series and its lame imitators - even the work of "cult" names like Kevin Smith - "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" - jumped on the same bandwagon), it's refreshing to watch a satire that's really funny and kitsch, but also very witty. DeMented's crew worships directors like Sam Peckinpah, Kenneth Anger, Pedro Almodóvar, Samuel Fuller, David Lynch and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and not everybody will realize the irony in the end, but for film buffs who like these tidbits, "Cecil B. DeMented" is an absolute riot. 9/10.


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