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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.

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Sönke Wortmann

Writers:

Leon de Winter (novel), Leon de Winter (screenplay)
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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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A film by Sönke Wortmann See more »

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

Release Date:

4 October 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

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Aplistia See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.20 : 1
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Whoopi Goldberg: As one of the women throwing dirt on a coffin in the funeral scene. See more »

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

Quotes

Paula Carver: I want you to know: In the past, when you went up on stage and fucked up, the worst that could happen was that the audience would walk out on you. In this case, when you fuck up, the audience will kill you.
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Pretty good
19 April 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

At the movie's start, Kage is playing a cop in a movie and messing up take after take after take. Tom is his partner, and during a break in filming, his girlfriend Paula says she has written a movie script called 'The Hollywood Sign', though she has been told to revise the ending.

Seven years later, Tom can't get work as an actor and he is having to take a real job. At the hotel he moves into, he meets Kage and discovers Kage is in the same situation and living there too. Later in the movie, we see just why these two actors are washed up--they haven't got it any more (but the results are hilarious!). Tom has revised Paula's script, but the process of making the movie gets put on hold for a while.

At a funeral, the two meet Floyd, another has-been actor who is still able to make a good living installing burglar alarms. If needed, he could also install bugs and other surveillance equipment.

The three actors go to the movie's title landmark and discover a body. What they decide to do about the body, and about finding out how it got there, results in quite a few laughs.

Rod Steiger gave this movie's outstanding performance, especially toward the end, but Tom Berenger and Burt Reynolds both did fine jobs as well. Reynolds leaned more toward comedy and did quite well. I'm not saying it was one of his best performances, but it was enjoyable.

Jacqueline Kim made a confident and intelligent Paula. And she looked good too--especially wearing little or no clothing.

The bumbling gangsters connected in some way with the body were funny and not that threatening. Rodney, one of Floyd's clients, was the head gangster and halfway intelligent, while Muscle seemed to be just that. Steve seemed more street-smart. Charlie, the clumsy sidekick to the veteran actors, also provided comedy relief.

The ending was very strange but entertaining.

I thought this was worth seeing.


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