Jimmy Hollywood
  • Jimmy Hollywood
  • Jimmy Hollywood

Jimmy Hollywood

Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Joe Pesci, Christian Slater, Victoria Abril

     
 

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You can come out from under that blonde wig, Joe Pesci: we know it's you playing Jimmy Hollywood. The title character is a luckless actor who can't make it in the real showbiz world, so he starts fantasizing about fame and fortune. His delusions turn into reality in an unexpected fashion: through a fluke, Pesci becomes known to one and all as "Jericho," a RobinSee more details below

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You can come out from under that blonde wig, Joe Pesci: we know it's you playing Jimmy Hollywood. The title character is a luckless actor who can't make it in the real showbiz world, so he starts fantasizing about fame and fortune. His delusions turn into reality in an unexpected fashion: through a fluke, Pesci becomes known to one and all as "Jericho," a Robin Hood-like vigilante. The film's comic value ebbs and flows, but when it does work, it operates on all cylinders. Our only real quibble: why cast the fascinating Victoria Abril in such a nothing part? Watch for a couple of cute cameo appearances at the climax of Jimmy Hollywood.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
One has to wonder if extremely talented and successful filmmakers often undergo periods where they have to purge themselves of pet ideas and projects, which may look good on paper, but when translated to film come up far short of their original intent. Barry Levinson is a tremendous filmmaker who has made his share of both great films like Diner and Rain Main and clunkers like Toys. Unfortunately for him, Jimmy Hollywood falls into the latter category. On the surface, it's a great idea: a wannabe Hollywood actor, played by Joe Pesci in a horrible blond wig no less, accidentally becomes a community street vigilante. It's sort of amusing watching this talentless bum become a hero by playing the role of his life without even realizing he's doing it. Sadly, that's about the extent of the depth to which the film rises (or sinks). What's most depressing is that pieces of a really funny movie are visible at times, but they disappear rather quickly. Christian Slater is all but useless as a burned-out do-nothing sidekick, which makes one wonder about the reason he is in the film at all except that perhaps the studio execs thought they could con the teen market into showing up for this one. Levinson tries to cram a sightseeing tour of Hollywood landmarks in for good measure and to be fair, there are some humorous gags. However, one can't shake the feeling that Levinson was purifying his system before moving on to Sleepers and Wag the Dog.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0097363304845
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TV's; Dolby Digital: English 5.1, English Dolby surround; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Jimmy Alto
Christian Slater Wiliam
Victoria Abril Lorraine
Jason Beghe Detective
John Cothran Detective
Hal Fishman Anchorperson
Jerry Dunphy Anchorperson
Audrey Morgan Newscaster
Robert La Sardo ATM Robber
Richard Kind Angry Driver
Marcus Giamatti BMW Preppy
Ralph Tabakin Fan in Hospital
Blanche Rubin Autograph Woman
Cynthia Steele Waitress in Coffee Shop
Helen Brown Elderly Woman in Deli
James Pickens Cook
Lou Cutell Meyerhoff
Vinny Argiro People in the Deli
Andrew Bilgore People in the Deli
Lisa Passero People in the Deli
Richard McGregor People in the Deli
Thomas Rosales Tough Guy
Chuck Zito Tough Guy
Earl Billings Police Captain
Chris Stacy Car Radio Thief
Kathy Hartsell Beautician
Rob Weiss Himself
Chad McQueen Audition Partner
Robbi Chong Casting Secretary
Jodie Markell Casting Assistant
Adrian Ricard Receptionist
Barry Levinson Director of Life Story
Reginald Ballard People in the Street
Ernie Banks People in the Street
Cu Ba Nguyen People in the Street
Terri Ivens Holly
Pat Asanti Store Owner
Harrison Ford Himself

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Eric D. Andersen Cinematographer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Kirsten Everberg Costumes/Costume Designer
James Flamberg Associate Producer
Kirk R. Gardner Camera Operator
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Peter Giuliano Executive Producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Ric Mcelvin Set Decoration/Design
Cheri Minns Makeup
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Robbie Robertson Score Composer
Marie Rowe Associate Producer
Peter Sova Cinematographer
Gerrit Van Der Meer Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Walk of Fame [6:06]
2. Be Careful With My Heart [:26]
3. Legends of Hollywood [5:47]
4. To Catch a Car Radio Thief [:57]
5. S.O.S. [4:54]
6. Jericho [2:15]
7. Urban Nomad [4:57]
8. Look What They've Done To My Hollywood [2:14]
9. Media Blitz [4:05]
10. Rave Reviews [:53]
11. Enemy of the People [6:57]
12. Dead Stars and Cement [2:02]
13. The Cops Close In [2:55]
14. Gone Public [2:37]
15. Egyptian Stand-off [2:53]
16. One-Role Actor [1:53]
17. Everybody Dies [5:12]
18. Legends and Credits [:45]

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