The Independent

Overview

Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil Titler , is the focus for this mockumentary co-written and directed by Stephen Kessler). While Fineman struggles to make his latest effort, Ms. Kevorkian, about a gun-toting babe who's passionate about assisted-suicide, the bank wants to foreclose on his hallowed studio and sell ...
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Overview

Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil Titler , is the focus for this mockumentary co-written and directed by Stephen Kessler). While Fineman struggles to make his latest effort, Ms. Kevorkian, about a gun-toting babe who's passionate about assisted-suicide, the bank wants to foreclose on his hallowed studio and sell his film archive for $8 a pound. In absolute desperation, he reaches out to his estranged daughter Paloma (Janeane Garofalo), who grudgingly agrees to be the president of his production company in spite of numerous moral qualms. Along the way, the film features interviews with such real-life luminaries as Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, and blaxploitation stalwart Fred Williamson, that paints a picture of a relentlessly gung-ho producer whose work somehow manages to rise above nothing budgets and lackluster talent. They also highlight Fineman's penchant for hitting on his leading ladies; Karen Black recalled one incident by noting, "It helped to be drunk." This film was screened at the 2000 South By Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

Morty's entire 427 film catalog
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A funny if sloppy mockumentary about imaginary B-movie director Morty Fineman, The Independent has barely enough story to sustain its 93-minute running time. Truth be told, the movie's ostensible narrative -- about Fineman's attempts to find financing for the 427th addition to his oeuvre (a euthanasia rights-themed actioner entitled "Mrs. Kevorkian") -- is beside the point. The Independent's reason for being is the Fineman catalog. Scattered generously throughout the movie are clips from Fineman's diverse output, from the Siamese-twin Vietnam pic "Brothers Divided," to the budget-breaking epic that sunk Fineman's company, "The Whole Story of America." The movie also gets a lot of mileage from its gimmicky cameos: Interspersed throughout the movie are testimonials from luminaries such as Peter Bogdanovich, Ron Howard, and Roger Corman. Affectionate and knowing, The Independent would have been better off had it stuck with the mockumentary format straight through, rather than occasionally slipping into a straightforward plot. Falling short of the deftness and satirical perfection of This Is Spinal Tap, The Independent at its best nonetheless imparts the same spirit of smart mischief. Jerry Stiller, as the immortal Fineman, chews up the scenery with glee. Be sure to catch the end credits for the entire Fineman filmography -- some of the titles are keepers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 780273075300
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arrow Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Stiller Morty Fineman
Janeane Garofalo Paloma Fineman
Max Perlich Ivan
Ginger Lynn Allen Mayor Kitty Storm
Billy Burke Dwayne
Andy Dick Maitre d'
Fred Dryer Jean Clude
Ethan Embry Bert
Jonathan Katz Todd
John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon Baruce
Anne Meara Rita
Ben Stiller Cop
Karen Black
Peter Bogdanovich
Nick Cassavetes
Ron Howard
Julie Strain
Bob Odenkirk
Fred Williamson
Technical Credits
Stephen Kessler Director, Screenwriter
Nicole Arbusto Casting
Russell Christian Production Designer
Joy Dickson Casting
Chris Franklin Editor
Amir Hamed Cinematographer
Val Junge Editor
Yoona Kwak Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Vaughn Score Composer
Jerry Weintraub Executive Producer
Mike Wilkins Producer, Screenwriter
Jack Ziga Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:25]
2. A Wicked Monkey [4:48]
3. $8 a Pound [5:19]
4. A Family Dinner [4:40]
5. Flat Broke [3:51]
6. Bald Justice [4:11]
7. Henry Ellis [5:19]
8. The Dignitaries Club [3:38]
9. Going to Prison [2:50]
10. A Table for Two [4:14]
11. Never Say Die [2:54]
12. The Whole Story of America [4:55]
13. I'm a Floater [3:20]
14. Out of the Movie [4:40]
15. Is Rita In? [4:04]
16. Hamburger and Wallets [2:03]
17. The Film Festival [5:41]
18. Paloma Returns [4:34]
19. A New Beginning [2:30]
20. End Credits [3:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Fineman Film Titles
      Still Gallery
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