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Hollywood Ending (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 2002 (USA)
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A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.


Woody Allen


Woody Allen
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Téa Leoni ... Ellie
Bob Dorian ... Galaxie Executive
Ivan Martin ... Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman ... Galaxie Executive
George Hamilton ... Ed
Treat Williams ... Hal
Woody Allen ... Val
Debra Messing ... Lori
Neal Huff ... Commercial A.D.
Mark Rydell ... Al
Douglas McGrath ... Barbeque Guest
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Barbeque Guest
Bill Gerber Bill Gerber ... Barbeque Guest
Roxanne Perry Roxanne Perry ... Barbeque Guest
Barbara Carroll ... Carlyle Pianist


Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind. Written by <stuartkenny50@hotmail.com>

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It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug references and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Val has a copy of Phil Hardy's "The Gangster Film" on his coffee table. See more »


As Al and Chau enter the revolving doors, the reflection of a crew member holding a white reflecting board can be seen in the windows. See more »


Ed: Look, I love Val. I love him. But with all due respect... he's a raving, incompetent psychotic.
Ellie: He's not incompetent.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »


Grindhouse (A Go-Go)
Written by Ivan De Prume, Sean Yseult, Jay Yuenger & Rob Zombie
Performed by White Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Fresh and original story...classic Woody Allen.
13 February 2003 | by Jack the Ripper1888See all my reviews

This is by far one of the year's most original films. It will certainly not win anything special, but HOLLYWOOD ENDING is still quite an entertaining trip. There are no majorly huge laughs in this film, but Woody Allen is a master at creating ingenious stories and plots that have never been done before. He is not one to go for the 'crude' humor feel that most films do go for nowadays. Now, yes, I love crude humor movies, but where would we be without Woody Allen?

This film is a far better improvement over his 'not-very-funny' PICKING UP THE PIECES and his even worse SMALL TIME CROOKS, which didn't really have much of a story to it. He is good and in a way daring, as it almost seems like he begins his screenplays without any idea as to how they will end. Usually, these types of films are not good ones, but Mr. Allen has the gift to be able to pull off an effective and original story for one of the better film's of his career. There is only one problem that I can spot-- and that is that I feel that Woody Allen doesn't have a great knack for being able to write effective dramatic moments. His moments of the film that try to be touching, are not really all that good, and they aren't all that believable as far as drama goes. Still, his humorous moments are pretty good, but you must have the proper sense of humor in order to understand Woody's creative comedy style.

While I wouldn't call the film 'unforgettable', it is still quite an enduring experience and you probably will not forget it any time soon. I recommend that you see the two other films that I mentioned, and his animated debut ANTZ, which is still one of the best animated films ever. Still yet, you should see this movie. It isn't going to be anything big, but still, HOLLYWOOD ENDING is a movie you should see.


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Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,981, 5 May 2002

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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