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The Hollywood Sign (2001)

Three washed-up actors must deliver the most convincing performances of their lives as part of a dangerous plot designed to finance their triumphant comeback.

Director:

Sönke Wortmann

Writers:

Leon de Winter (novel), Leon de Winter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Tom Greener
Jacqueline Kim ... Paula Carver
Rod Steiger ... Floyd Benson
Burt Reynolds ... Kage Mulligan
Al Sapienza ... Rodney
Dominic Keating ... Steve
Eric Bruskotter ... Muscle
David Proval ... Charlie
Kay E. Kuter ... Robbie Kant
Raf Mauro ... Lenny Lena
Kathleen Gati ... Deb
Roz Witt ... Deli Waitress
Adria Tennor ... Kant's Receptionist
Amy Leland Amy Leland ... Rocco Hostess
Mark Gantt ... Party Boy
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Three washed-up actors must deliver the most convincing performances of their lives as part of a dangerous plot designed to finance their triumphant comeback.

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Taglines:

they had nothing to live for... ... until a dead man gave them something to die for. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Aplistia See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Throughout his career Burt Reynolds has made a number of movies that examine movie-making and this film is one of them. The pictures include Fade-In (1968) (location filming & westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent films); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting & Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult films); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood). See more »

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The bottle of whiskey rotates between shots even though no one has touched it. See more »

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Kage Mulligan: Hello, I am Detective William... Barslow and I'm here to ask you some questions. Can I come in?
Paula Carver: You know, I think I'd like to see Mister Benson open.
Kage Mulligan: What?
Paula Carver: Would you mind giving it a shot?
Floyd Benson: Oh, not at all. I was born to be a leading man, you know.
Kage Mulligan: This is my part! This is my scene!
Tom Greener: Kage, Kage, ehm, just take it easy. We're, we're trying some things out here.
Kage Mulligan: Nothing ever changes.
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Moviemakers Living Off Of Star Names Not Movie Quality
21 April 2003 | by sep1051See all my reviews

The objective of "direct to video" movie makers is to attract the biggest "names" that their budget can afford. All the better to sell videos and offshore rights. From that cynical perspective Hollywood Sign still remains a failure. The plot is minimal and falls apart if you start to ask to many questions. Similarly, the dialog has some good lines, principally on their reduced acting status in Hollywood, but no where near enough to make this any sort of sly masterpiece. Therefore the whole value of the movie comes down to the three leads. Tom Berenger starts out with some character and pathos but recedes as the movie progresses. In the main showcase, with the three leads impersonating police, he is effectively wallpaper. Burt Reynolds can be described as erratic. On the plus side he shows true emotion looking at his old movies and comedy in in preparing for the "cop" role. However, in between, he is often vacant and the viewer is left to contemplate what appears to be really bad plastic surgery. Rod Steiger dominates all the scenes he's in and, by far, comes off the best. It's a matter of personal taste as to whether he goes into overacting but I could at least see the emotion which would have driven him to star status in the first place. Fans and completists of any of these three will be willing to see Hollywood Sign and, in that regard, the direct to video movie makers have achieved their objective. However, it is doubtful that anyone will need to see it twice.


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