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Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

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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

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

£246,072 (United Kingdom), 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,020, 19 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,664, 23 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,107,134, 8 February 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joe is asked by his mum to bring jars of piccalilli over to the Adams' home. Piccalilli: A relish of chopped vegetables, mustard, and hot spices. 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

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

Soundtracks

Mozart: 1 Regina Coeli, Laetare
Regina Coeli in B flat, K.127"
Performed by Rundfunkblasorchester Leipzig (as Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester-Leipzig)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of Decca Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Best movie I've seen in quite a while
29 November 2008 | by BernardoLimaSee all my reviews

I thought Flashbacks Of A Fool was about a decadent narcissist fast living actor and the crazy life he led with all the sex,drugs and parties. Well, it is but only in the first minutes of the film, what you'll see here is his childhood.After the death of his best friend, Joe Scott sits back and in a extended flashback the movie shows us how he was as a teenager and how life was in the 70's.The story is very interesting and the movie was beautifully shot and the musical score couldn't be more appropriated(just ignore that final music when the credits roll over).There's also a lip sync scene you won't forget. Daniel Craig was great, he has great charisma, I would really like to see more of him outside of the 007 franchise.Harry Eden did a great job as well and seems to be a very promising actor. Best movie I've seen in quite a while.

8/10


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