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Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

R | | Drama | 17 October 2008 (USA)
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A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his youth as he returns home from his best friend's funeral.

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Baillie Walsh

Writer:

Baillie Walsh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Robert Emile Robert ... Young Joe Scot
Scoutt Lowe Scoutt Lowe ... Young Boots McKay
Daniel Craig ... Adult Joe Scot
Julie Ordon ... Carrie Ann
Gina Athans Gina Athans ... Apple
Erich Conrad Erich Conrad ... Voice of Radio DJ (voice)
Eve ... Ophelia Franklin
Emilia Fox ... Sister Jean
Annabel Linder Annabel Linder ... Dawn
Angie Ruiz ... Priscilla
Sue Dall Sue Dall ... Maitre D
Mark Strong ... Mannie Miesel
Alwyn Kotze Alwyn Kotze ... Ritchie Smith
Pope Jerrod Pope Jerrod ... Waiter
Darron Meyer ... Valet
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An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, lives a life of narcissistic hedonism, observed by his laconic personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes our protagonist, and the movie, into an extended flashback to a sea-side town in 1970's Britain. Hollywood star Joe is now a teenage boy in a tentative relationship with a school-girl called Ruth. Further, his mother's friend, Evelyn, is attempting to seduce him. Engulfed by guilt at the unintended, tragic consequences of his subterfuge, he leaves home. The movie then switches back to contemporary Hollywood. Joe confronts his fear and returns to England for a difficult meeting with Ruth, who had gone on to marry Boots and has been a left a poor widow. Written by AnonymousB

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Baillie Walsh, this feature film's director, also directed its star Daniel Craig in a television commercial (tvc). This TV advert was 'Bond in Sony High Definition' (2008) (V), which debuted in the same year as both this picture, and the James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) starring Craig. The tvc was a promotional tie-in with the latter. See more »

Goofs

None of the cars that were supposed to be in California, had a front California License Plate. They only had rear California plates. California is a front and rear plate State. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Apple: He's got no stamina.
[giggle]
Apple: I love your nose.
Carrie Ann: Oh, thanks. I wanted to get my nose done since I was ten. It wasn't as simple as I thought. The doctors found out that I didn't have any cartilage in the tip of my nose. So then he needs to do that. Um, my nose was too long, so, I needed to shorten it. And then it was too wide so I had to thin it. And, uh, it was just a lot more complicated than I thought. My nose was just an insane amount of money.
[continues babbling]
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Connections

References Ring of Bright Water (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Clangers Theme
Performed by The Vernon Elliott Ensemble
Written by Vernon Elliott
Published by Copyright Control
Courtesy of Smallfilms / Bridget Dowdeswell and Trunk Records
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I saw it 1st
8 February 2008 | by sebastian_nSee all my reviews

This is my 1st ever post on IMDb so I apologise in advance if it's crap! I was 1 of the 1st members of public to see this film as I attended a preview for research and marketing purposes and i had to fill in a questionnaire at the end...yadayadayada (U know what i mean). The film was not what i expected at all. I was expecting a load of drug taking scenes and thought the whole film would have a "dirty" feel to it such as "Blow" or "Pulp Fiction" but it actually turned out to be a very sensitive film. I was moved by the emotional story of this guy's messed up childhood. I was extremely impressed by Claire Forlani's performance even though she's not in the film for that long. This film will give you goosebumps and a trembling lip from the emotional roller-coaster that is this Flashbacks Of A Fool. Good film. Girls in their 30s to late 40s will prefer it to guys. Great 70s Soundtrack (and that's coming from me, a 23 year old!) The soundtrack album should be really good.

Thanks for devoting 2 minutes of your life to read this! I really appreciate it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Aptalın Anıları See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,020, 19 October 2008

Gross USA:

$1,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,117,269
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