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A down-on-his luck auteur gets one more chance at the big time -- provided his neuroses don't swallow him whole -- in Woody Allen's 33rd feature release, Hollywood Ending. Allen plays Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius who's resorted to taking advertisement work to pay the bills for himself and his airhead live-in girlfriend, Lori Debra Messing. Val finds his luck is about to change, however, when he receives the script for The City Never Sleeps, a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City....
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A down-on-his luck auteur gets one more chance at the big time -- provided his neuroses don't swallow him whole -- in Woody Allen's 33rd feature release, Hollywood Ending. Allen plays Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius who's resorted to taking advertisement work to pay the bills for himself and his airhead live-in girlfriend, Lori Debra Messing. Val finds his luck is about to change, however, when he receives the script for The City Never Sleeps, a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City. It seems his ex-wife, Ellie Tea Leoni, now an executive at Galaxy Pictures, has been pulling for him to direct the picture, claiming he's the only man who can do justice to the script. She even manages to convince her boyfriend, Hal Treat Williams, Galaxy's high-powered studio head, to take a chance on Val's "unique vision." Just when the cameras are ready to roll, however, Val finds that unique vision in jeopardy -- literally -- as he's struck with a psychosomatic case of blindness. When physicians and psychiatrists fail to cure him, Val contrives a scheme to forge ahead with the picture, for fear of blowing his one last chance at greatness. Hollywood Ending co-stars George Hamilton and Mark Rydell.
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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A funny, promising setup gives way to endless shtick in Woody Allen's well-cast but slack farce. Despite its loaded subject matter -- namely, big-budget filmmaking -- this is no Player: Save for a few throwaway industry jokes, Hollywood Ending is mostly pratfalls and slapstick, centered around a neurotic conceit that even Allen, cinema's neurotic laureate, can't pull off. Once afflicted with hysterical blindness, his Val Waxman spends much of the movie fumbling and stumbling around a movie set, to rapidly diminishing comedic results. Allen has made entire films on such slight premises before -- Zelig and his chapter of New York Stories, Oedipus Wrecks, come to mind -- but those films were at once richer with subtext and more economical. Ending's climax, on the other hand, comes after at least 20 minutes of painfully broad, extraneous comedy, and hinges on a character who's barely been mentioned, let alone seen. All this notwithstanding, Allen evinces spry, witty turns from his supporting cast, including the ever-sharp Tea Leoni, a pleasantly ditzy Debra Messing, and, of all people, the ageless, orange-hued lothario George Hamilton.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • UPC: 667068997330
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Val Waxman
Téa Leoni Ellie
Debra Messing Lori
Mark Rydell Al Hack
Treat Williams Hal
George Hamilton Ed
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen Sharon Bates
Lu Yue Cameraman
Barney Cheng Translator
Isaac Mizrahi Elio Sebastian
Marian Seldes Alexandra
Jodie Markell Andrea Ford
Peter Gerety Psychiatrist
Mark Webber Tony Waxman
Anthony Arkin Audition Reader
Barbara Carroll Carlyle Pianist
Bob Dorian Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman Galaxie Executive
Kenneth Edelson Eye Doctor
Joel Eidelsberg Seder Guest
Howard Erskine Carlyle Patron
Ramsey Faragallah Audition Reader
Ray Garvey Grip
Bill Gerber Barbeque Guest
Olivia Hayman Balthazar Hostess
Neal Huff Commercial A.D.
Steven Hurwitz Seder Guest
Amanda Jacobi Seder Guest
Ruth Last Seder Guest
Erica Leerhsen Actress
Ivan Martin Galaxie Executive
Jeff Mazzola Prop Man
Douglas McGrath Barbeque Guest
Fred Melamed Pappas
Greg Mottola Assistant Director
Ted Neustadt MRI Doctor
Rochelle Oliver Script Supervisor
Roxanne Perry Barbeque Guest
Sarah Polen Seder Guest
Joe Rigano Projectionist
Stephanie Roth Barbeque Guest
Mary Schmidtberger Galaxie Executive
Maurice Sonnenberg Banquet Emcee
Aaron Stanford Actor
Reiko Takahashi Movie Extra
Judy Toma Balthazar Couple
Peter Van Wagner Balthazar Couple
Robert Lloyd Wolchok Seder Guest
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Letty Aronson Producer
Regina Graves Set Decoration/Design
Brad Hohle Consultant/advisor
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Helen Robin Co-producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Wedigo von Schultzendorff Cinematographer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Warren Art Director
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