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Abby Singer (2003)

Chronicles the life of Curtis Clemins, who is torn between the love of his life and accomplishing his dream. When hitting rock bottom during the Sundance Film Festival, Clemins' calls upon ... See full summary »


Ryan R. Williams (as Ryan Williams)


Ryan R. Williams (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan R. Williams Ryan R. Williams ... Kevin Prouse (as Ryan Williams)
Gloria Smith Gloria Smith ... Student
Clint J. Palmer ... Curtis Clemins (as Clint Palmer)
Robin Ballard Robin Ballard ... Maxine Helms
Andrea Hullsman Andrea Hullsman ... Maxine's Daughter
Ken Farrman Ken Farrman ... Receptionist
Mycole Metcalf ... Audition Girl
Robert Bear Robert Bear
Sean Marble
Ivan Lucero Ivan Lucero ... Jackson Lee
Pat Donahue ... Mr. Mooker
Mark Wunder Mark Wunder ... Jake Mooker
Rod Finch Rod Finch ... Ryan
Donna Straus Donna Straus ... Cheral
Shela Jones Shela Jones ... Jenny


Chronicles the life of Curtis Clemins, who is torn between the love of his life and accomplishing his dream. When hitting rock bottom during the Sundance Film Festival, Clemins' calls upon his old college chum, Kevin Prouse, giving the now drunken acting instructor in the throes of a divorce, the only clue that will salvage Clemins' rapidly deteriorating life. Written by Wembly Hall Theatre Company

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Never the last shot See more »


Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

28 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abby Singer 2007 See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »


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$1,500 (estimated)
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The title, "Abby Singer," references an often-used expression in Hollywood production, named after an assistant director (later a Production Manager and MTM Production Executive) Abby Singer who, when asked if the upcoming shot would be the last, famously would announce "this is the next-to-the-last shot for the day." The final shot of the day is traditionally referred to as "the martini." See more »


Maxine Helms: So what's your favorite movie?
Roger Ebert: Citizen Kane.
Maxine Helms: That's playing here?
Roger Ebert: No.
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Alternate Versions

A re-edited version of the film, featuring different credits and a new soundtrack, was released on DVD in July 2007. See more »


Featured in The Misbehavers (2004) See more »


A Thousand White Aspens
(Ending Reprise)
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by Jeffrey Gold
Performed by Jeffrey Gold
Courtesy of Corpus Polymedia
Under license from Corpus Polymedia
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Incredibly unique cinema.
22 January 2004 | by stedrazedSee all my reviews

ABBY SINGER is the best and most extraordinary film I saw during my week at the film festivals in Park City, Utah. Besides the fact that is an extremely well-acted, -shot and -edited film, the way it was made is an amazing, anomalous achievement. The film was shot for under $1,500 entirely on Canon XL-1 mini-DV, with no script, and it features 23 big-name celebrities including Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Patricia Arquette, Jeff Goldblum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jodie Foster, Roger Ebert, Don Cheadle and many more. Lead actors Clint Palmer and Ryan Williams, the latter of whom also directed, shot and edited the film, both turn in brilliant, fearless performances. The film, though entirely improvised, has great dialogue and an intriguing storyline. The cinematography and sound are great, especially taking into account the very limited budget for which the film was made. Thanks to the support of Pitt, Gyllenhaal and Ebert, the film may get widespread distribution soon. I encourage everyone to see it as soon as possible.

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