Burn Hollywood Burn

Burn Hollywood Burn

Director: Alan Smithee

Cast: Alan Smithee, Ryan O'Neal, Coolio, Chuck D

     
 

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First, a little background: in 1955, the Director's Guild of America created the pseudonym Alan Smithee, which film directors are allowed to use if they feel their work has been tampered with to such a degree that they no longer want the credit (for example, if you look at the credits of the expanded and heavily narrated TV version of Dune, you'll notice the

Overview

First, a little background: in 1955, the Director's Guild of America created the pseudonym Alan Smithee, which film directors are allowed to use if they feel their work has been tampered with to such a degree that they no longer want the credit (for example, if you look at the credits of the expanded and heavily narrated TV version of Dune, you'll notice the director is not listed as David Lynch, but as Alan Smithee). An Alan Smithee Film -- Burn Hollywood Burn is a comedy about a film editor (played by Eric Idle) who finally gets his big break -- he's given the opportunity to direct a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jackie Chan. But filming does not go well (the budget eventually balloons to $200 million) and the producer, James Edmunds (Ryan O'Neal), tampers with the final cut of the film. As a result, the hapless neophyte director doesn't want his name to appear on the credits. But his real name is Alan Smithee, so what's he supposed to do? In a stunning example of art imitating life, director Arthur Hiller was supposedly unhappy with the interference of screenwriter and producer Joe Eszterhas on this project and chose to remove his name from the credits -- so An Alan Smithee Film carries the directorial credit of none other than Alan Smithee. Rappers Coolio and Chuck D. appear as the filmmaking Brothers Brothers; Chuck D. also contributed to the film's score.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0717951000613
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
45,294

Special Features

Closed Caption; Spanish language track; Dolby Digital Surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal James Edmunds
Coolio Dion Brothers
Chuck D Leon Brothers
Richard Jeni Jerry Glover
Eric Idle Alan Smithee
Leslie Stefanson Michelle Rafferty
Sandra Bernhard Ann Glover
Cherie Lunghi Myrna Smithee
Harvey Weinstein Sam Rizzo
Gavin Polone Gary Samuels
MC Lyte Sister Lumumba
Marcello Thedford Stagger Lee
Nicole Nagel Aloe Vera
Stephen Tobolowsky Bill Bardo
Sylvester Stallone Actor
Whoopi Goldberg Actor
Jackie Chan Actor
Larry King Actor
Billy Bob Thornton Actor
Dominick Dunne Actor
Joe Eszterhas Actor
Naomi Eszterhas Actor
Robert Evans Himself
Peter Bart Participant
Shane Black Actor
Robert Shapiro Himself

Technical Credits
Alan Smithee Director
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Melanie Baker Art Director
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Caruso Co-producer
Laura Cunningham-Bauer Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Nancy Foy Casting
Gary G-Wiz Score Composer
John Perry Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Jim Langlois Editor
Ben Myron Producer
Pablo Tendilla Ortiz Score Composer
Michael Sloan Associate Producer
David Snyder Production Designer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn [6:01]
2. Follow the Logic [9:26]
3. Artistic Integrity [10:00]
4. Taking Care of It [5:36]
5. Pointing Fingers [8:36]
6. Running Amok [4:40]
7. Alliances [4:10]
8. Brother's Brother [4:32]
9. Negotiations [8:56]
10. Lost 'em [4:15]
11. Ultimate Decision [11:11]
12. End Credits [8:15]

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