Shooting Fish

Shooting Fish

Director: Stefan Schwartz

Cast: Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Kate Beckinsale

     
 

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Calling to mind the whimsical, swinging London comedies of the 1960s, such as the Blake Edwards Pink Panther films and the collaborations of The Beatles with director Richard Lester, this frantic romantic comedy is an airy, pop example of the British New Wave. Dylan Dan Futterman and Jez Stuart Townsend are friends from opposite sides of the Atlantic usingSee more details below

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Calling to mind the whimsical, swinging London comedies of the 1960s, such as the Blake Edwards Pink Panther films and the collaborations of The Beatles with director Richard Lester, this frantic romantic comedy is an airy, pop example of the British New Wave. Dylan Dan Futterman and Jez Stuart Townsend are friends from opposite sides of the Atlantic using their special skills -- Dylan is a slick-talking American, while Jez is a humble British computer expert -- to bilk England's wealthy. Both orphans, they plan to accumulate enough pounds to buy the luxurious mansion home they never had as children. Their scams include selling phony voice-recognition software and reinstalling the same insulation into various homes. Into their lives comes Georgie (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful girl engaged to a rich jerk. Dylan and Jez hire Georgie as a secretary and both fall in love with her, though Jez's feelings are a bit more sincere. At first appalled by her employers' scams, Georgie believes their lie that they intend to give the money to the poor.

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Shooting Fish is a fanciful, harmless mix of caper film and romantic comedy. Its conceits defy common sense (the protagonists trick several homeowners into believing that they are installing insulation without ever bringing the materials into the house) and gravity (they lighten a racehorse jockey with only enough helium to film a few birthday balloons). It has enough plot for two films. It loves saccharine, Burt Bacharach, and hackneyed musical montages. Actors Dan Futterman and Stuart Townsend make a devastatingly appealing pair as the film's two grown orphans with a penchant for hi-jinks. The two men approach their characters' wantonness with confidence and panache, making their various schemes seem just and venial. This is not to mention their chemistry with mutual love interest Kate Beckinsale. Shooting Fish has the insouciant tone of a film without a heavy and with a lust for life. It may not say much about its various topics -- such as orphans, criminals, the disabled, even horseracing -- but it never pretends to have a big brain, just lots of fun and a ton of heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
UPC:
0013132439693
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
56,893

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Futterman Dylan
Stuart Townsend Jez
Kate Beckinsale Georgie
Claire Cox Actor
Dominic Mafham Actor
Nickolas Grace Actor
Peter Capaldi Actor
Annette Crosbie Actor
Jane Lapotaire Actor
Phyllis Logan Actor
Nicholas Woodeson Actor
Ralph Ineson Actor
Paul Williamson Weighing-in Official

Technical Credits
Stefan Schwartz Director,Screenwriter
Sarah Beardsall Casting
Henry Braham Cinematographer
Ivan Chandler Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Clark Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Craib Executive Producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Sue Ferguson Art Director
Max Gottlieb Production Designer
Graham Hampson-Silk Executive Producer
Simon Hinkly Asst. Director
Richard Holmes Producer,Screenwriter
Leslie McNeil Associate Producer
Stewart Meachem Costumes/Costume Designer
Glynis Murray Producer
Neil Peplow Co-producer
Gary Smith Executive Producer
Alan Strachan Editor
Stanislas Syrewicz Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shooting Fish
1. Chapter 1 [9:47]
2. Chapter 2 [10:01]
3. Chapter 3 [10:23]
4. Chapter 4 [10:48]
5. Chapter 5 [9:40]
6. Chapter 6 [9:51]
7. Chapter 7 [11:18]
8. Chapter 8 [9:07]
9. Chapter 9 [9:16]
10. Chapter 10 [13:09]
11. Chapter 11 [:00]

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