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Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002)

This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel. We learn where the name came from and why the Directors Guild of ... See full summary »

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Lesli Klainberg
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Dan Bucatinsky ... Narrator (voice)
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Edward Norton ... Himself (archive footage)
Steven Seagal ... Himself (archive footage)
Steven Spielberg ... Himself (archive footage)
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This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel. We learn where the name came from and why the Directors Guild of America (DGA) first allowed his name to be used on Richard Widmark's western Death of a Gunfighter (1969). The film follows the numerous problems that director Tony Kaye had during the production and post-production of the film American History X (1998) and why the DGA refused to allow Alan Smithee to be credited for that film. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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USA

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English

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5 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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An Alan Smithee Film See more »

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A good film for film students....
24 January 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Who is Alan Smithee?" is not a perfect documentary, but it is pretty good and a GREAT film for film students or anyone who loves films. Plus, while I know a ton about movies, there were some interesting things the documentary taught me. While MANY folks out there know about the pseudonym 'Alan Smithee' and what it means, many younger folks don't and it's worth learning why films occasionally have him listed as the director. My only complaints, and they are minor, is that the film has a cheap made on video look and I wish it was longer and more comprehensive. Neither is a big problem--the folks who made the film did what they could afford and it's not meant to be longer and explore every Smithee film.


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