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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 ... Self
Geoffrey Gould ... Self
Cecilia Hartfeld Cecilia Hartfeld ... Self
Louis McCarten ... Self
Jay Michaels Jay Michaels ... Self
Cary Y. Mizobe Cary Y. Mizobe ... Self (as Cary Mizobe)
Tafan Nieves Tafan Nieves ... Self
Mark Nobel Mark Nobel ... Self
John Richards John Richards ... Self
Marvin Rouillard Marvin Rouillard ... Self
Jeff Olan Jeff Olan ... Self


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.




Did You Know?


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 Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) See more »

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Entertaining and informative film about the life of an extra
12 June 2007 | by se7en187See all my reviews

I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Interesting documentary about people that make a career out of being movie extras. It followed ten people around and showed how they handle being another face in the movie crowd. I really enjoyed this film because I'm interested in going into the film business and it would be fun to be an extra in at least one film.

It was great seeing how dedicated some of these people are. The documentary covered many of the basics about being an extra. How to get cast in a film, how to dress, how to act around the big stars, and many other things. I also loved how they showed the film clips and pointed out where the stars of the documentary were.

This movie will be really helpful to anyone that wants to travel out west and go into the movies.

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23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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