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Break a Leg (2005)

A talented, but struggling actor is willing to go to any length to get a job - including "break a leg"... especially those of other actors.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cassini ... Max Matteo
Carol Mansell ... 'Phillip's Way' Casting Director
Frank Cassini ... Tony Felice
Barry Primus ... Ira Goldstein
Kevin Corrigan ... J.D.
Lara Lyon Lara Lyon ... 'Final Rights' Casting Assistant
Paul Taegel Paul Taegel ... John Fiorentino
Joey Diaz ... Large Producer (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Eileen T'Kaye Eileen T'Kaye ... 'Final Rights' Casting Director
Jennifer Beals ... Juliet
Steve Ruge Steve Ruge ... Dayton (as Steven Ruge)
Paula Marshall ... Alice on Cell Phone
Eric McCormack ... Tad
Kevin Breznahan ... Photoshop Employee
David Sutcliffe ... Happy Actor
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When Max's performance is no competition for producers' nephews and bigger "names," his only option is to cripple the competition - literally. But as the roles get bigger, the competition gets stronger, the stakes get higher, and now with an undercover thespian cop on his trail, Max must struggle with his ongoing road to success and the choices he's made. Written by Sean Callahan

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Beat the competition... literally! See more »

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...és lábtörést! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Not all that.
5 April 2004 | by elaborate_burnSee all my reviews

Just saw this at the Phoenix Film Festival where it won the coveted Best Film Award. Suffice to say, I'm not quite sure why it won this award. I saw much better films at the festival. This was nothing special. Basically, about a struggling Italian character actor who decides to take matters into his own enraged hands to achieve his big break after pilfering in the rediculous film industry for too long. I was impressed with the cast they managed to get, esp. all the celebrity cameos. However, I felt this film felt like an old episode of "Tales From the Crypt" where the actor kills his competition more than anything else. I loved the climatic scene with the actor and and undercover cop who, for some rediculous reason, also happens to be very talented, but that's about it. I found the humour and plot to be very predictable and lame. The symbolism was truly putrid (Jennifer Beals gets her big casting break, then breaks her leg, how quaint!) There have been plenty of great films about the rage of rejection in the film business, murder in the entertainment industry, and paranoid psychotics, but this ain't one of them. It's amusing enough with great acting, cinematography and editing. But nothing truly memorable. Mainstream-pandering if anything else. 6/10.


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