It's Hollywood, 1958. Aspiring actress, songwriter, small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) has a contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) and arrives with her mother (Annette Bening) in Los Angeles to do a screen test for one of his film projects. At the airport, they meet their driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). Forbes is an ambitious young man with a business plan and engaged to his 7th grade sweetheart, both deeply religious Methodists. The instant attraction that Marla and Frank feel for each other not only puts their religious convictions and moral values to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' enigmatic behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.Written by
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On November 14, 2011, Felicity Jones was cast as the female lead, but later dropped out of the role, due to production delays. See more »
The H-4 Hercules, aka, "The Spruce Goose," actually flew its one and only flight on November 2, 1947, well before the events of the film. See more »
[Marla together with other contract actresses at a ballet studio]
So, did you get caviar ?
Yes, I got caviar, but I still haven't met him. Do you have any idea how many houses he has for actresses under contract ?
I think something like... 14.
More like... 22.
More like 26.
[repeats together with the others in disbelief]
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The end credits contain the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictional. But Howard Hughes, as well as his aides Noah Dietrich (played by Martin Sheen) and Robert Maheu (Alec Baldwin) are real people. See more »
Well...Maybe if the rules did apply to Warren Beatty, this would have been a better flick.
When I first saw the trailer that announced Warren Beatty's "comeback" I was thinking at best I would find the movie above mediocre. I personally understand Beatty's stasis as Hollywood Royalty, but I myself am not the biggest fan of any of his films to feel for him like that.
I am a big fan of the film's topics, like Howard Hughes who I love both as Hollywood Royalty and his love of Aviation, two points that Beatty's movie hits upon greatly as he portrays an older version of Hughes, when his reputation turned from eccentric billionaire to complete wack job.
But Beatty's role is more of supporting one as the story centers around two people in Hughes life: Marla Mabrey ,a young scarlet with good Christian values who came to Hollywood and became one of Hughes contract girls, and Frank Forbes, Marla's driver, also with the same Christian values as Marla, that's being broken down by Tinsel Town.
It was met to be one of those quirky comedies about a quirky man, and it should have worked but it did not.
Well if you don't use it you could loose it, cause unlike other senor filmmakers, like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen, who make film after film in order to keep the blood of creativity flowing, Beatty was living the good life having fun in the son.
Beatty may have taken a little too much time off however, and it does show in this below mediocre film.
Beatty's superstar black book could not help him, either. The parade of movie star cameos only pointed out how dull this movie is.
So, not nearly what I would expect from icon, Warren Beatty but I think I'm putting too much on a man that I don't personally have on a pedestal.
Makes all the right jabs but never hits the spot.
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