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A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

| Comedy | 2009 (USA)
A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

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Andy Cadiff

Writers:

Jonathan Gershfield (screenplay), John Ross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Jefferson Steel
Alexandra Weaver ... Girl on Motorbike
Elesia Marie Elesia Marie ... 1st Cinema Girl (as Elesia Ennis)
Sarah Goldberg ... 2nd Cinema Girl
Glynis Brooks Glynis Brooks ... Woman In Street
Camilla Arfwedson ... Amanda Blacke
Michael Wildman ... Mr. Darcy
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Box Office Guy
John Moraitis John Moraitis ... Man In Theatre
Pat Starr Pat Starr ... Woman In Theatre
Maisie Scott Maisie Scott ... Young Amanda
Charles Durning ... Charlie Rosenberg
Pandora Colin Pandora Colin ... Nadine
Lucy Akhurst ... Stewardess
Stephen Gressieux Stephen Gressieux ... Italian Tourist (as Stefano Gressieux)
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A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

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They wished for a star, then wished they hadn't.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banda amatorów See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£91,156 (United Kingdom), 21 December 2008, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The slogan on the poster for the movie within this movie, 'Ultimate Finality 4', read: "Jefferson Steel will blow you away!". Movie posters for 'Ultimate Finality', 'Ultimate Finality 2', and 'Ultimate Finality 3' seen in this film show images of star Burt Reynolds from earlier in his career, such as from the 1970s and 1980s. See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Christian Henson
Performed by the 'Stratford St John Soul Sextet'
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a flawed film with some fine elements
6 April 2013 | by tom-clearwoodSee all my reviews

there's the feeling that this film was designed and constructed by a committee out of focus-group friendly but disconnected components; they then seemingly accidentally hired some great talent to do some of the work. The script is often funny and sharp, but frequently slumps into sentimentality. A lot of the acting is very good, but Burt Reynolds is mostly helpless: he can't act the part he has been given except for some of the calmer domestic comedy. Acting the part of an actor acting King Lear? No, he's lost. Most things are done very well, the photography and direction are fine and the music only really grates during the prolonged sentimental guff that spoils the flow of the film particularly in the middle and at the end. It's worth watching for some fine comic acting from the English part of the cast, and for some very professional filmmaking too. It's worth fast forwarding through some of the sentiment, and some of the American acting too.


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