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Cecil B. DeMented ()


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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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Cast

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Honey Whitlock
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Cecil
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Cherish
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Lyle
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Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
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Raven
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Rodney
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Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
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Libby
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Fidget's Mom
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Petie (as Mike Shannon)
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Kevin
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Fidget (as Eric M. Barry)
Zenzele Uzoma ...
Chardonnay
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Pam (as Erika Lynn Rupli)
Harry Dodge ...
Dinah (as Harriet Dodge)
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Rosanne (as Rosanne)
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Honey's Ex
Ray Felton ...
Roy Stillings
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Charles
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Maid
Bill Grimmett ...
Mayor Adam Fenwick
Jeffrey Wei ...
William
Sloane Brown ...
Newscaster
Billy Green ...
Child A
Mia Walker ...
Child B
James Klingenberg ...
Child C
Ginger Tipton ...
Box Office Lady
Nathan Stolpman ...
Ticket Taker
Melanie Gorombol ...
Candy Counter Girl
Gary Wheeler ...
Theatre Manager
Joyce Flick Wendl ...
Puker
Tyler Mason Buckalew ...
Teen Boy
Tara Garwood ...
Charles Theater Girl
Marty Lodge ...
Film Commissioner
James Byrne Reed ...
Producer
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Studio Executive (as Mark Bernier)
Patsy Grady Abrams ...
Family Woman A
Rhea Feikin ...
Family Woman B (as Rhea Feiken)
Shana Gelbard ...
Family Woman C
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Family Lady A
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Family Lady B
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Film Delivery Driver
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Fidget's Dad
Alan J. Wendl ...
Security Teamster
Peter Gil ...
Director
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D.P. Jean Pierre
Marybeth Wise ...
A.D.
Cynthia Webb ...
Large Lady (as Cynthia Webb-Manley)
Channing Wilroy ...
Shop Steward
Dan Morgan ...
Teamster
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Teamster
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Teamster
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Teamster
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Teamster
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Sniffles
Scott Morgan ...
Groupie
Tim Caggiano ...
Porno Fan
Judith Knight Young ...
Ticket Seller
Tyler Miller ...
Fan A
Geoffrey I. Grissett ...
Boy Fan
Brooke Houghton ...
Girl Fan
Joshua Billings ...
Drive-In Manager
Jeff Perryson ...
Jock A
Terry McCrea ...
Jock B
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Psychiatrist
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Cecil's Mom
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Cecil's Dad
Nat Benchley ...
Swat Cop A
Dave Trovato ...
Swat Cop B
Billy Tolzman ...
Petie's Trick
Jonathan Fiorucci ...
Raven's Groupie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Blumenstock ...
Grip / Teamster
Eddie DePaola ...
Police Sniper
Dennis Dermody ...
Porn Movie Watcher
Oscar Haynes ...
Cameraman
Jim Hollenbaugh ...
Jock C
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Action Movie Fan
Anthony Wanzer ...
Lawyer
Lindsey Willis ...
Movie Premiere Attendee (as Lindsey Jarboe)
Michael Ahl ...
Police Sniper (uncredited)
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Swat Team Member (uncredited)
Jonathan Boushell ...
Drive-In Attendee (uncredited)
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Mayor's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Paul M. Clary ...
Gaffer 'Gumped Again' (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Jeff Dignan ...
Movie Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
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Teamster (uncredited)
Denny Dormody ...
Moviegoer in Apex Cinema (uncredited)
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Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Movie Patron (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Socialite (uncredited)
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Movie theatre patron; Panicked Drive-in Movie customer (uncredited)
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Drive-In Rioter (uncredited)
Nasi Glekas ...
Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
George Hulse ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Movie Patron (uncredited) (voice)
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Movie Producer (uncredited)
Shannon Livingston ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Phil Mallon ...
Premier Cinemas Employee (uncredited)
Chilembwe M. Mason ...
Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
Michael McKennitt ...
Movie Producer (uncredited)
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Movie Sequence Stalker (uncredited)
Jim Page ...
Waiter in Kitchen (uncredited)
Chris Puls ...
Extra (uncredited)
Alan Reese ...
Extra (uncredited)
John Sadowsky ...
Still Photographer (uncredited)
John Safko ...
Honking Nose Blower (uncredited)
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Jock (uncredited)
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Electrician 'Gumped Again' (uncredited)
Richard Tovish ...
Gumped Again Grip (uncredited)
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Honey Hater / Cecil Fan (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Celebrity Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Waters

Written by

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John Waters ... (written by)

Produced by

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Fred Bernstein ... executive producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. ... producer
Anthony DeLorenzo ... executive producer
John Fiedler ... producer
Pat Moran ... associate producer
Mark Tarlov ... producer

Music by

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Basil Poledouris
Zoë Poledouris

Cinematography by

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Robert M. Stevens

Film Editing by

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Jeffrey Wolf

Editorial Department

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Stephen Les ... negative cutter
Samara Levenstein ... apprentice editor
Andrew Pratt ... negative cutter (as Andy Pratt)
Bill Scott ... color timer
Andrew Weisblum ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Kerry Barden
Billy Hopkins
Pat Moran
Suzanne Smith

Production Design by

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Vincent Peranio

Art Direction by

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Rob Simons

Set Decoration by

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Barbara Haberecht

Costume Design by

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Van Smith

Makeup Department

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Gina W. Bateman ... makeup artist
Elisabeth Dietrich-Fry ... makeup artist (as Elisabeth Fry)
Anne Marie Izner-Preston ... hair stylist
Amanda Johnson ... makeup artist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion ... makeup department head
John O'Brian ... assistant hair stylist
Howard 'Hep' Preston ... key hair stylist
Molly Stern ... makeup artist: Stephen Dorff (as Molly R. Stern)

Production Management

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Molly Bradford ... post-production supervisor
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. ... unit production manager (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Benita Allen ... first assistant director (as Benita Allen-Honess)
J. David Brightbill ... key second assistant director
Steve M. Davison ... second unit director
Dylan Hopkins ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Robert Barnaby ... set dressing lead man
Jennie Bell ... painter
Edward Bellafiore ... art department assistant
Steven Blake ... propmaker
Randy Bobbitt ... art department coordinator
Patty Burgee ... painter
William Catania ... set dresser
Bobby Deal ... paint foreman
Brian Deran ... painter
Brent Lee Farley ... propmaker
Susanna Glattly ... charge scenic
Wesley Goodwin ... propmaker
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon ... assistant property master
Ruth Grizzard ... painter
Eric Lichtfuss ... set dresser
Ted Lubonovich II ... propmaker
John Mills ... on-set dresser (as John 'Pumper' Mills)
Sheila Muccio ... set dresser
Ron Napier ... construction foreman
Ted Nolan ... propmaker (as Edward Nolan)
Scott T. Pina ... construction coordinator (as Scott Pina)
Lester Poser ... weapon specialist
Willy Richardson ... painter
Dale V. Swavely ... propmaker (as Dale Swavely)
Becky Weidner ... set dresser
Ricky Wright ... propmaker
Brook Yeaton ... property master

Sound Department

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Rick Angelella ... production sound mixer
David Franklin Bergad ... dialogue editor
Scott Cannizzaro ... adr mixer
Frank Canonica ... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Ben Conrad ... foley recordist
Tobin Davis ... assistant dialogue editor (as Tobin John De Luca Davis)
Carol Everson ... boom operator
Grant Foerster ... machine room operator
Steve Fontano ... foley recordist
Anna Geyer ... assistant dialogue editor (as Ann Geyer)
Aura Gilge ... assistant sound effects editor (as Aura Belle Gilge)
Jesse Hammer ... adr mixer
Sondra James ... adr group mixer
Rick Kahn ... transfer room operator
Kyrsten Mate ... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Bob Mellor ... cable
Marnie Moore ... foley artist
John Nutt ... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist
Dan Olmsted ... re-recording mixer
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Patti Tauscher ... foley editor
Hoku Uchiyama ... apprentice sound editor (as Chris Hokuala Uchiyama)
Kyrsten Mate ... sound designer: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Hank Atterbury ... special effects assistant
David Blitstein ... special effects coordinator
Douglas Retzler ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Jennifer Basnyat ... title designer
Rik Panero ... system administrator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jennifer Caputo ... stunt double: Honey
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... utility stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Steve M. Davison ... stunt coordinator
Brian Donahue ... utility stunts
Andy Duppin ... utility stunts
Tony Guida ... utility stunts
Mick O'Rourke ... utility stunts
Shawn Robinson ... utility stunts
Troy Robinson ... stunt double: Petie
Michael Russo ... utility stunts (as Mike Russo)
Keith Siglinger ... utility stunts
Tim Trella ... utility stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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James Bartolomeo ... first assistant camera (as Jim Bartolomeo)
Jonathan Blandin ... best boy electric
Dean Citroni ... best boy grip
Dena Cruz ... video assist operator
Bob Dorsey ... director of photography: second unit
Max Fischer ... assistant camera
Rodney French ... key grip (as Rodney G. French)
Joseph E. Gallagher ... camera operator (as Joseph Gallagher)
Abbot Genser ... unit still photographer
Frank Gil ... grip
Gabriel Goodenough ... camera loader
Dave Insley ... camera operator: "b" camera (as David Insley) / director of photography: second unit (as David Insley)
Brian T. Leach ... grip (as Brian Leach)
Eric Martin ... electrician
Lauren Schaub ... second assistant camera
Josh Spring ... gaffer
Wes Sullivan ... electrician

Casting Department

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Susan Allenback ... casting assistant (as Susan Allenbach)
Deborah Maxwell Dion ... casting associate: Los Angeles
John Strawbridge ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Linda M. Boyland ... set costumer (as Linda Boyland)
David Davenport ... wardrobe supervisor
Bebe Ferro ... set costumer
Rolande Glicenstein ... key costumer
Bruce Reik ... set costumer
Nava R. Sadan ... costumer: Ms Griffith

Location Management

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Annie Noel Applegarth ... assistant location manager
Debra Donaldson ... location manager
Chris Nicastro ... location assistant

Music Department

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Larry Benicewicz ... music consultant
Carl Bennett ... music consultant
Robb Boyd ... music editor
Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Christopher Brooks ... executive music producer
Jerome Dillon ... musician: live drums
Todd Haberman ... assistant composer
Carvin Knowles ... composer: song "Seduction"
Basil Poledouris ... music score producer
Zoë Poledouris ... music score producer
Adrienne Zi ... music score producer (as Mi Kyoung Chaing)

Transportation Department

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David Adams ... driver: Melanie Griffith
Charles Artley ... driver
Jim Collick ... driver
Lenny Davis ... driver
James Day Sr. ... driver
Steve Elgert ... driver
Sam Furrow ... driver
Stan Furrow ... driver
James Daniel Hubbard ... driver
Greg Jacobs ... transportation co-captain
Jerry H. Jordan ... driver
Barbara Kastner ... picture car coordinator
John W. Kirschke ... driver
Frank R. Matkins ... driver: Stephen Dorff
Stephen W. McDonough ... driver
Frank Metts Sr. ... driver
Francis Raimondo ... transportation coordinator
Wade Stout ... driver
Jennifer Weiland ... driver
Foard J. Wilgis ... transportation coordinator (as Foard Wilgis)
Wayne Wright ... driver
Bruce Zamzow ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Abby Bailey ... assistant production accountant
Mat Bainbridge ... set production assistant
Denise A. Beale ... set production assistant (as Denise Beale)
James M. Brothers ... construction medic
John Brothers ... construction medic
Laurie Cardonick ... assistant: Stephen Dorff
Lynda M. Clarke ... contracts administrator
Brian Cooper ... production secretary
John 'JR' Craigmile ... accountant
Michael Faulkner ... set production assistant
George Figgs ... projectionist
Rosemary Hygate ... assistant: Melanie Griffith (as Rosie Hygate)
Tudor Jones ... production assistant
Joy Kecken ... accounting assistant (as Joy Lusco)
Brian Maas ... legal services
Christine Moore ... script supervisor
Elena Moscatt ... craft service
Sean Oliver ... adr loop group
Kate Reckner Ridgley ... assistant production coordinator
Gina Roose ... assistant: Mark Tarlov
Jevon Rousch ... production assistant
Roy Segal ... executive vice president: Saul Zaentz Film Center
Colleen Roome Shelton ... assistant: John Waters
Steve Shurtz ... general manager: Saul Zaentz Film Center
Karen L. Sirota ... production coordinator
Josh Slates ... production office assistant
Brandon Speace ... office production assistant
Michael Ventresco ... title designer: main titles
Jeremy Walker ... Unit, release publicist
Scott Wallace ... set medic
Jeff Whittle ... transfer room supervisor
Zach Wolf ... adr loop group
Rob Coughlin ... electrician/grip assist. (uncredited)
David H. Kramer ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Christopher H. Myers ... double (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose ... adr loop group (uncredited)

Thanks

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Catherine Batavick ... special thanks
Debbie Billings ... special thanks
Scott Fleischer ... special thanks
C. Richard Gamper Jr. ... special thanks
Jack Gerbes ... special thanks
Tom Kiefaber ... special thanks
Jack Machen ... special thanks
Deana Markowsky ... special thanks
Peter Schnitzler ... special thanks
Debbie Smith ... special thanks
Mike Styer ... special thanks
Beth S. Tarquint ... special thanks
Glenn Vanderlinden ... special thanks
D. Vogel ... special thanks
Ron Windsor ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Demented forever! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cecil B. Demented (France)
  • Cecil B. the Cinema Wars (Japan, English title)
  • Abgedreht - In der Gewalt des Cecil B. (Germany)
  • Cecil B. (Germany)
  • Cecil B. Demente (Spain)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The tattoos on the cast and crew are as follows: * Cecil - Otto Preminger - left forearm * Cherish - Andy Warhol - thigh * Lyle - Hershell Gordon Lewis - left breast * Pam - Sam Peckinpah - left arm * Chardonnay - Spike Lee - stomach * Lewis - David Lynch - knuckles * Fidget - William Castle - chest * Raven - Kenneth Anger - chest * Rodney - Almodovar (presumably Pedro) - right arm * Petie - Fassbinder - left forearm * Dyna - Sam Fuller - right forearm See more »
Goofs At the Bengie's Drive-In, Cecil pushes the film groupie out of the room and shuts the door after him. In the next shot, he is still there, and in the shot after he is gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Pink or Blue?: The Science of Sex Selection/John Waters (2004). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Cherish: All my directors fuck me.
Cecil: I am not all your directors! I am Cecil B. Demented!
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