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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
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Aptalin Anilari 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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2.35 : 1
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Last cinema film of Miriam Karlin. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool Movie Special (2008) See more »

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What Goes Up Must Come Down
Performed by War Zone (Goldie Loc / MC Eiht / Karm)
Written by C. Breadus, K.Spitman, A. Tayler, C. Miller
Published by My Own Chit Music (BMI)
Administered by EMI Blackwood / Lil Gangsta Music (ASCAP) / Gaffed Em Up (BMI) / I-Slam Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Niggaracci
Recorded and engineered by Chris Jackson for Doggy Style Music, Inc. at Tha Irvine Spot, Irvine, CA
War Zone appears courtesy of Doggy Style Records
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Quite possibly my favourite movie of 2008 - A story told with heartfelt emotion
26 February 2009 | by Sux_S_PSee all my reviews

There's a saying I heard a long time ago... "The person that's got everything has nothing" and this movie kind of explains one way of looking at it (in my opinion).

In a materialistic influenced world we live in it can be easy to fall into how believing happiness and wellbeing comes only from having all the things wealth can bring i.e. the clean cut minimalist house walking out onto the white sand overlooking a beautiful serene sea, a selection of gleaming new sports cars, the tailored clothes etc etc. But I guess for some people who have reached this place/goal in their life have focused on the goal so much that they've forgotten where they've come from and what they may have been running from.

Now what this gem of a movie does is carefully and meticulously unravel the story of a troubled man in this very situation, dealing with the daemons of his past, the spontaneous difficult decisions he had to make as a boy which has carved this stone cold embodiment of a man on the edge of existence.

Now I'm not going to break down and dissect this film and give a whole rundown on how and why I think this is a great movie but I will say this. The story of a nasty main character (amazing job from both Daniel Craig and Harry Eden) and showing the world that he lives in and lived in by slowly letting the viewer past his metaphorical protective wall while allowing the viewer to piece together how and why he is the way he is, is presented exquisitely.

I don't want to give anything away on the plot and story but I have to say there where two parts that absolutely blew me away and I'll just give you a vague hint. One involving a shot of artwork with intention of displaying a contrast of relation between the background and foreground giving an artistic viewpoint on the real subject matter (works on so many levels) and the other being a close up shot which encapsulated a lot of emotion and made my heart just drop.

all in all the whole production was done well, especially the editing (even though it's obviously apparent they had some great content to work with) and did, for me, what all great stories do, kept me entertained through demanding my full attention and rewarding that attention in the form of an emotional roller-coaster.

Last note: please try not to second guess while trying to predict what's coming next and how it ends. Just enjoy the story that is being told because it's been executed very well.

PS: I would have given this a 10 but wanted other readers to take this review seriously as I do love the art of storytelling, especially a good movie and it's unfortunate that there's too many marketing teams pushing up star ratings here on IMDb.

Thanks for reading my first review and I hope you enjoy "Flashbacks of a Fool" as much as I did.


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