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Color Me Kubrick (2005)

Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 4 January 2006 (France)
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The true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick during the production of Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut, despite knowing very little about his work and looking nothing like him.

Director:

Brian W. Cook (as Brian Cook)

Writer:

Anthony Frewin
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Allen ... Charles
Scott Baker Scott Baker ... Waiter
Nick Barber ... Denzil
Angus Barnett ... Ace
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Mrs. Vitali
Linda Bassett ... Trolley Lady
Marisa Berenson ... Alex Witchell
Honor Blackman ... Madam
Peter Bowles ... Cyril
Paul Burnham Paul Burnham ... Hex Mortimer
Paul Chowdhry Paul Chowdhry ... Pub Announcer
Teresa Churcher ... TV Journalist 2
Enzo Cilenti ... Waldegrave
Phil Cornwell ... Police Duty Sgt
Kammy Darweish ... TV Journalist 1
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In London in the 1990s, a balding alcoholic with an unsteady American accent introduces himself in pubs and other social settings as Stanley Kubrick. Drinks and meals are suddenly on the house or paid for by an admiring person, usually a man, whose costumes, band, acting abilities or what have you, Stanley finds fascinating. He's actually Alan Conway (1934-1998): we watch him parlay a self-confident manner and a small amount of movie knowledge into a persona whom others immediately hang their dreams on. In exchange, Stanley asks only that they pay the bill. Will he be exposed? Do prosecution and prison await? Or has the National Health something else in mind? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A True...ish Story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Color Me Kubrick See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,201, 23 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,677, 20 April 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Sallis: A patient in the asylum. See more »

Quotes

Alan Conway: I've shaved off my beard off!
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References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Good To Be True
Performed by Bryan Adams
Written by Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy
© Badams Music Limited (ASCAP) Admin. By Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
2004 Badman Ltd
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Colourful, but very in your face
24 August 2006 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Something of a labour of love, Colour Me Kubrick is a short biopic of con-man Alan Conway who successfully posed as Stanley Kubrick during the director's lifetime. Played by John Malkovich at his most enduringly camp, Conway charms the socks, money and underpants from a string of wealthy suckers and gay young men. A master of his game, he gets people to write large cheques to cover fictitious donations to charity dinners as readily as conning twenty quid off a rock band to buy them (and him) fags and alcohol.

Wildly exuberant and certainly colourful, the film is well directed and acted. Its main shortcoming are two fold. The plot, such as it is, comprises a series of extended sketches until Conway's eventual apprehension, which lends an air of repetitiveness. Secondly, although Malkovich's intensely colourful campness is a remarkable achievement, he stage centres in practically every scene and if you cannot fall completely in love with it, the effeminate preening eventually can look dated and rather irritating.

Colour Me Kubrick is a traditional camp comedy with lots of cross-references for film fans. If you enjoy the first five minutes you will love it, otherwise it may have you climbing the walls.


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