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The Woman Chaser (1999)

R | | Comedy | 8 October 1999 (USA)
Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an ... See full summary »


Robinson Devor


Charles Willeford (novel), Robinson Devor
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Warburton ... Richard Hudson
Eugene Roche ... Used Car Dealer
Ron Morgan Ron Morgan ... Bill
Emily Newman Emily Newman ... Laura
Paul Malevich Paul Malevich ... Leo
Lynette Bennett Lynette Bennett ... Mother
Joe Durrenberger Joe Durrenberger ... Chet
Ernie Vincent Ernie Vincent ... The Man
Max Kerstein Max Kerstein ... Ruggerio
Mel Hampton ... Flaps
Pat Crowder ... Salvation Army Woman
Marilyn Rising ... Becky
Lora Witty ... Mrs. Shantz (as Laura Witty)
Lane Siller Lane Siller ... Milo
J. Keith van Straaten ... Dickie J. Hewlitt


Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an assistant and starts writing his first movie, The Man Who Got Away. It turns out to be an uncommercial picture chronicling the story of a truck driver who goes berserk, runs over a little girl and dies fending off a platoon of police officers. In making his film, Richard enlists the help of his father-in-law, Leo (Paul Malevich), a washed-up former film director whose notable possession is a Rouault painting of a clown. Through Leo, Richard pitches his idea to the Man (Ernie Vincent), the chief executive of Mammoth Pictures who green-lights the project. Conflict inevitably arises when Richard's obsession for making the movie his way clashes with the Man. Other kooky characters include Richard's mother (Lynette Bennett), a former ballerina who lures her hirsute lug of a son into a comic pas de deux ; ... Written by Anonymous

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What can equal the tragedy of a strong man's tears?





Did You Know?


According to the bedside clock, Richard's introductory lovemaking session with Becky lasted 2 minutes, despite his earlier claims to being a fantastic lover. See more »


Richard Hudson: After I burned down the studio, I was thirsty.
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Alternate Versions

Original version shown at the Sundance film festival was in black-and-white; later shown on cable in a slightly shorter color version. See more »


References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


Written by Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier
Performed by Robert Maxwell and Orchestra
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Quirky film that improves with repeated viewings.
13 March 2001 | by plbearSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a theater, and I thought it was an amusing, if somewhat uneven film. I enjoyed Patrick Warburton's performance, but felt that the movie didn't hold together that well.

I was lucky enough to score a VHS copy recently, and I've watched the movie a few more times, and I've enjoyed it more each time.

Maybe it's because I have a better idea of what to expect. I find more humor in it, and am able to enjoy it more as the satire which I now think it was intended to be.

It's still odd and quirky, and the title really doesn't seem to fit the content of the movie very well (I read somewhere that it was originally supposed to be called "The Director", which would be more fitting), but it's fun to watch.

Plus, it's got a whole lot of shirtless Patrick Warburton, which is definitely a good thing!!

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