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Bowfinger
     

Bowfinger

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Director: Frank Oz,

Cast: Frank Oz, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

 

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A group of wanna-be filmmakers and actors concocts a scheme to make a movie with a major star without having to pay him in this comedy. Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) has struggled for years to make it in Hollywood with no real success; he's convinced that he has to make his big break soon or it will be too late. Bobby has a script, and he has a cast, including an

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A group of wanna-be filmmakers and actors concocts a scheme to make a movie with a major star without having to pay him in this comedy. Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) has struggled for years to make it in Hollywood with no real success; he's convinced that he has to make his big break soon or it will be too late. Bobby has a script, and he has a cast, including an ingenue straight off the bus from Ohio (Heather Graham), a one-time regional stage star who fondly recalls her brief moment of glory (Christine Baranski), and a hunky aspiring matinee idol (Kohl Sudduth). He also has a young associate named Dave (Jamie Kennedy), who has a low-level job at a movie studio as a gofer -- which means that he has keys to every part of the lot and can "borrow" whatever they need. All they need is a star, but without any money, how do they get one? Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) is a leading action star, and he is obviously beyond Bowfinger's budget. But Bobby has an idea: what if he tricked Kit into appearing in the film without his knowing it? Steve Martin also wrote the film's screenplay, and former Muppets performer Frank Oz directs.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The vicissitudes of low-budget, "guerrilla" filmmaking generate many of the laughs in this good-natured lampoon of present-day Hollywood. Steve Martin is at his smarmy best as Bobby Bowfinger, a Tinseltown bottom-feeder desperately trying to make a sci-fi movie on no budget (one of the funniest gags in the film has him recruiting illegal Mexican immigrants on the border as crew members). Unable to hire real actors, Bowfinger tricks big-time action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy doing a wonderful satire of himself) into appearing in the film without even realizing he's in it. Working from Martin's clever screenplay, director Frank Oz coaxes not one but two fabulous performances from Murphy, who also plays Ramsey's nerdy lookalike, Jiff -- one of Murphy's most hilarious and endearing roles. Heather Graham is delightfully loopy as an aspiring actress sleeping her way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Out-there in its humor and blatantly silly, Bowfinger nonetheless captures a frustrating reality that struggling filmmakers know all too well.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Bowfinger is an unassuming but nonetheless rib-tickling comedy that continually serves up reversals and surprises. Consistent with Steve Martin's past plays and screenplays, Bowfinger is built upon an imaginative premise and always manages to keep a gentle and good-natured tone during the madcap narrative. However, this film truly comes to life each time Eddie Murphy steps onto the screen as either Kit Ramsey or his nerdy brother Jiff. Aside from The Nutty Professor, this is certainly the most notable Eddie Murphy performance since his slick Axle Foley. While the movie doesn't always pull off its mixture of low farce and sharp Hollywood satire, it does serve up a smorgasbord of side-splitting moments, most notably the scene in which a geeky Eddie Murphy is forced to sprint through oncoming traffic shrieking "Heavenly God!" Above all, Bowfinger illustrates Steve Martin's talent as both a comic writer and performer. In an artfully warmhearted way, this satire of la-la land is as edgy and truthful as The Player. It not only targets the Hollywood system, but it gives new meaning to the words "guerrilla filmmaking." To many, Bowfinger may seem like the typical slapstick comedy; however, those who have a greater understanding and appreciation of Tinseltown will recognize this as a loving homage to moviemaking and the hopeless hacks that dwell within.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2000
UPC:
0096898581530
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Bobby Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy Jiff Ramsey,Kit Ramsey
Heather Graham Daisy
Christine Baranski Carol
Jamie Kennedy Dave
Robert Downey Jerry Renfro
Terence Stamp Terry Stricter
Adam Alexi-Malle Afrim
Barry Newman Kit's Agent
Kohl Sudduth Slater
Marisol Nichols Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Raymond Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Kathleen Courtney Associate Producer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Les Gobruegge Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Producer
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
Steve Martin Screenwriter
Karl J. Martin Set Decoration/Design
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
David Newman Score Composer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Richard Pearson Editor
Tom Reta Art Director
Margery Simkin Casting
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer
Bernie Williams Executive Producer

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Bowfinger 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie Eddie Murphy or Steve Martin have made in the last 10 or more years! Heather Graham gives her best comic performace ever! Christine Baranskie should be in every comedic movie made from now on she is the funniest actress since Carole Lombard and she is the funniest red head that has appeared on Television ( she co-starred in ('Sybil' and I beleve she won an emmy I know she was at least nominated) Since Carol Burnett The Only reason that this movie is not getting five stars is because it just not Equal to epic movies like the the Godfather , West Side Story, Star Wars, Empire Strike Back, A fish called Wanda , and pretty much all of the Peter sellers Pink Panther Movies and Goodfellas are all five star movies.
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