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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 »

Director:

Robinson Devor

Writers:

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

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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 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
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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?

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Comedy

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R
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Richard Hudson: It's Christmas goddamn it! Suit up!
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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 »

Connections

References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Ataypura
Written by Moises Vivanco
Performed by Yma Sumac
Arranged and Conducted by Les Baxter (uncredited)
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"Putty" From Seinfeld in Hilarious Hollywood-Noir!
30 January 2001 | by crose-1See all my reviews

Patrick Warburton, famous for playing dim-witted mechanic David Putty on TV's "Seinfeld," expands his comedic and dramatic range in this witty, black-comedy satire of the movie biz. The high-contrast black & white cinematography accentuate the retro look and feel of this very funny film. Warburton plays a slick-talking, womanizing cad who talks his way first into the used car business and then into writing and directing a movie (the two industries apparently requiring similar levels of BS-artistry.)

With his burly body, Warburton is a welcome throw-back to the leading men of classic film noir Hollywood. He does a wonderful job of keeping a straight face while delivering some of the most original and hilarious dialogue I've seen in quite a while. While the film has some very dark undercurrents, they are so tongue-in-cheek and true to the main character that they make his Icarus-like fate all the more believable and satisfying.

Warburton is a gem; he effortlessly breaks the one-dimensional mold of his Seinfeld role. His razor-sharp delivery of the pitch for his movie-within-a-movie ("The Man Who Got Away") is destined to make this flick a staple of the cult-classic and employee-picks shelf at good movie stores for years.

The Woman Chaser flies off the tracks a bit towards the last reel, but this is only because it's been taking so many risks. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded with one of the most original and funny movies I've seen in several years.


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