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The Amateurs (2005)

The Moguls (original title)
R | | Comedy | 28 April 2006 (UK)
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Citizens of a small town, under the influence of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis, come together to make an adult film.

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Michael Traeger

Writer:

Michael Traeger

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Andy Sargentee
Tim Blake Nelson ... Barney Macklehatton
Joe Pantoliano ... Some Idiot
Ted Danson ... Moose
William Fichtner ... Otis
Patrick Fugit ... Emmett
John Hawkes ... Moe
Brad William Henke ... Ron (as Brad Henke)
Dawn Didawick ... Clara
Glenne Headly ... Helen Tatelbaum
Tom Bower ... Floyd
Jayne Taini ... Mrs. Morrelli
Lauren Graham ... Peggy
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Thelma
Alex D. Linz ... Billy
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Storyline

Andy Sargentee is a decent guy and the town's favorite failure: an unemployable dreamer whose ex's husband's wealth intimidates Andy to such an extent he does little with his teen son. Andy's new idea is for Butterface Fields to be the first town to band together to make the first full-length feature amateur adult film. He recruits five regulars at Floyd's Bar to contribute $2000 each. They get the kid at the video store, whose camcorder is constantly on, to be the cinematographer. The pal they all call "Some Idiot" volunteers to be writer-director. Otis becomes producer. Now, can they find actors, and especially, women? Can a pornography project give Andy self-respect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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small town | loser | sex | wealth | friend | See All (107) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,149, 9 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,090, 16 December 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Otis: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Crazy Credits

During the beginning of the real end credits you can see a piece of film of our gang fishing. At the end of the names, the film starts to burn. The rest of the credits follow on a black screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first 15 minutes of the American release (up until the opening titles sequence) have been completely re-edited and re-worked from the original UK and Australian release. See more »

Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Top Floor, Por Favor
Written by Joe Lervold
Performed by Joe Lervold
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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Moguls is hilariously funny with a moral
8 February 2005 | by RLONEILLSee all my reviews

I have never laughed so hard in a movie as I did Sunday night in Santa Barbara. I have known characters like these all my life who continue to try and succeed in life to win the respect and love of family e.g. Bridges's son. The main motive in life should not be monetary gain but being loved by those who love you. This is the moral of this wonderful movie which made my eyes misty at the end when Bridges kept replaying his son's voice mail,"....I love you Dad!" and then put the new sheets on his son's bed. The characters all mirror Bridges's desire to succeed at something in life. Bridges is like a pied piper in uniting the cast to follow his lead. Danson is a riot. Pantoliano is absolutely terrific. I have never seen him before in such a subdued hilariously funny role. Run! Don't walk to this very wonderful movie. Adding to the foregoing comment which was written over a year ago, I saw the re-cut version of the film last night(4/22/06) and wondered why many of the scenes of the funny grumpy old guy, (Clara's man) were cut, particularly the part near the end when he drives away in a new car with a wide smile after he had been frowning during the whole film. The re-cut version is a tighter film which focuses almost completely on the main characters at the expense of the peripheral characters. However, it is still a terrific film.


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