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A series that centers on Peter Dragon (played by Jay Mohr), a Hollywood executive. His last, massively expensive, movie bombed and he needs a hit. Will "Beverley Hills Gun Club" be it?

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Chris Thompson
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2000   1999  
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jay Mohr ...  Peter Dragon 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Illeana Douglas ...  Wendy Ward 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Jarrad Paul ...  Adam Rafkin 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Jack Plotnick ...  Stuart Glazer 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Buddy Hackett ...  Uncle Lonnie 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Lee Arenberg ...  Bobby G. 9 episodes, 1999-2000
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ...  Holden Van Dorn 6 episodes, 1999-2000
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Storyline

In Hollywood you're only as good as your last flick, and Dragonfire Films exec Peter Dragon has hit bottom with his $150 million bomb "Slow Torture." His only hope to get back to the way things were is the shoot-'em-up film "Beverly Hills Gun Club," and the only person that will help him is ex-child star turned hooker Wendy Ward. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter (Jay Mohr) and Wendy (Illeana Douglas) share their names with the main characters in James M. Barrie's 1904 play "Peter Pan: or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up." See more »

Alternate Versions

In Latin America, the Sony Channel (Sony Entertainment Television) aired all the episodes that were filmed. In the U.S., Peter Dragon dies in the final episode, but (at least in Latin America) he continued production after that episode: he got back with Wendy, and learned that Adam Rafkin (the script writer) had previously sold the movie he was filming under a different title. Then Peter had to buy the script back, giving Wendy as a trade. In the end, Wendy left Peter and Hollywood after making him promise he would return all the money she had invested. In the final scene, Uncle Lonnie asks Peter if he wants to go home, and Peter asks Lonnie to take him to the studio, because "that's my home". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Perfect Pitch (2002) See more »

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Even a Dog Can Shake Hands
Performed by Warren Zevon
Music by Jonathan Wolff & Paul Buckley
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"Even a dog can shake hands..."
10 November 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

The continuing story of high-pressure Joel Silver-type movie producer Peter Dragon's battle to produce a make-or-break actioner called "Beverly Hills Gun Club" in view of obstacles from financing through to the writer (who in true Hollywood fashion is nearly always at the short end of the stick) to his cast, with hilarious consequences. Seriously.

Shot on film without a laugh track and with enough strong language and adult content (such as Sandra Bullock berating our hero for making a tape of the two of them having sex and selling it as "While You Were Sleeping On My Face") to irritate America's Bible Belt and get it dropped after eight episodes - at the end of one episode our hero mentions that a show like this could be a big hit in a good time slot (in Britain it was given an even worse slot; Channel 4 never showed it before midnight. Isn't it ironic, don't you think?) - "Action" is often crude and continues Hollywood's apparent unwillingness to glamourise itself as much as everything else, but it's very, very funny if you can get all the references, with a nice line in caustic insults from Dragon. My favourites: Dragon seeing the pretty but overweight blonde MAW Reagan Busch (a funny name in itself) and pointing out to the writer, "Yeah, she's got a cute face... ON TOP OF BRIAN DENNEHY'S BODY!!!" (This can be seen as a comment on Hollywood body fascism, because she isn't really that fat. Which is not to say that when we see her post-liposuction it isn't nice...), and his suggestion that Matt Damon winning an Oscar was the first sign of the Apocalypse.

Harlan Ellison said of "Bracken's World," "It has the evil fascination of rotting fruit. And smells about the same." I think he'd have kinder opinions of this short-lived gem. And remember, Silver may have produced "The Matrix," but he also did "Xanadu"...


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