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Strictly Background (2007)

A documentary spotlighting movie extras - the indispensable background actors in films.


Jason Connell

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Cast overview:
Terry Bolo Terry Bolo ... Herself
Geoffrey Gould ... Himself
Cecilia Hartfeld Cecilia Hartfeld ... Herself
Louis McCarten Louis McCarten ... Himself
Jay Michaels Jay Michaels ... Himself
Cary Y. Mizobe Cary Y. Mizobe ... Himself (as Cary Mizobe)
Tafan Nieves Tafan Nieves ... Himself
Mark Nobel Mark Nobel ... Himself
John Richards John Richards ... Himself
Marvin Rouillard Marvin Rouillard ... Himself
Jeff Olan ... Himself


For decades, film and television audiences have watched their favorite stars with little thought or concern for the people standing behind them. All of that is about to change as "Strictly Background" explores the charm and determination of some of Hollywood's hardest working actors, professional "extras." Turning industry convention on its head, this humorous & heartfelt documentary follows ten background actors as they navigate their way on and off the set. Both a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and a character-driven film, "Strictly Background" is a dynamic exploration into the pursuit of stardom and the real life struggle to stand out. Written by Hunter Woo

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Extras in the spotlight.





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23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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The film won a total of 6 Film Festival Awards. See more »


Terry Bolo: My next door neighbors used to think I was a hooker because I'd always be leaving the house at some different time in a different outfit.
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Crazy Credits

To all Background Actors, your hard work and dedication is vital to the entertainment industry so continue to be your very best and never lose sight of the dream! See more »


References Ghost Warrior (1984) See more »

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A must watch for want to be actors!
21 April 2013 | by scifichickmusesSee all my reviews

As a retired High School Theatre teacher I wish I had this documentary to share with my students when I was still teaching. I always tried to explain to my students that only 1% of want to be actors will become "Brad Pitt" famous. Most actors are just "working" actors. Some actors will become character actors and make a really nice living. But, this documentary focuses in on the "Extras" and gives a really great glimpse into the lives of the people who make up the crowd scenes in the movies and TV show everyday. It is a little long, it could have been about half an hour shorter but overall, it's very informative, very touching, and very eye opening. I highly recommend this documentary.

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