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Hollywood North (2003)

R | | Comedy | 12 January 2004 (USA)
Former lawyer Bobby Myers recounts his first foray in the Canadian movie business circa 1979, when the then burgeoning Canadian movie industry was going through some growing pains. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter O'Brian
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Bobby Myers
Saul Rubinek ... Paul Linder
Alan Bates ... Michael Baytes
Joe Cobden ... Howard Atkins
Deborah Kara Unger ... Sandy Ryan
Alan Thicke ... Peter Casey
John Neville ... Henry Neville
Lindy Booth ... Molly
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Frankie Candido (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Clare Coulter ... Lindsay Marshall
Sandi Stahlbrand Sandi Stahlbrand ... Leslie Carrington
John Bayliss John Bayliss ... Customs Inspector
Jennifer Tilly ... Gillian Stevens
Audrey Lupke ... Joanne Jennings
Kim Coates ... Scott DiMarco
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Former lawyer Bobby Myers recounts his first foray in the Canadian movie business circa 1979, when the then burgeoning Canadian movie industry was going through some growing pains. He wanted his first project as producer to be told by Canadians about issues close to the Canadian heart. As such, he acquired the rights to Lantern Moon, a beloved Canadian novel written by Lindsay May Marshall. He quickly realized that producing a movie in Canada, especially in acquiring financing, required much compromise, most specifically casting a big name Hollywood star in the leading role. The star he signs, Michael Baytes, comes with much baggage. Those compromises lead to many problems between the Canadian vision and the want by some to make the movie more "American", especially by ultra-patriotic and paranoid Baytes. Through it all, filmmaker Sandy Ryan films it all, good and bad, for a "making of" documentary. But Sandy has her own agenda as she concurrently films her own lower budget movie ... Written by Huggo

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The camera never lies ... only the people behind it.

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Comedy

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forgathatatlan forgatókönyv See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Sir Alan Bates (Michael Baytes). See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Marshall: If God were Canadian, he would come down and destroy you and this production in a fiery apocalyptic rebuke!
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Connections

References ...and justice for all. (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Party
Performed by Max Webster
Written by Kim Mitchell and Pye Dubois
Published by Mark-Cain Music
Courtesy of Anthem Entertainment
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A satirical look at film making in Canada in the 80's
14 September 2003 | by Proud_CanadianSee all my reviews

Hollywood North is a satirical look at the time in Canadian film history when the Canadian government offered huge tax breaks for films made in Canada. Most of the time it was treated as a tax shelter or a cheap way to get American films made. For example, Porky's came out of it. Anyways Matthew Modine plays a novice producer who wants to make an adaptation of a beloved Canadian novel. However, in order to get the money he needs a American name star. He gets a loose cannon and learns he has to compromise to the point where the film no longer resembles the book it was originally based on. It plays well in Canada but may not be understood outside of the Great White North. Americans will think we're satirizing ourselves but will miss the point that we're actually satirizing them. For Canadians 8/10 for the rest of the world 5/10.


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