Director: Barry Primus Cast: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Robert De Niro



Successful character actor Barry Primus spent seven years trying to get financing for his feature debut as a writer-director, Mistress. In the film, a once-promising writer-director, Marvin Landisman (Robert Wuhl), who now directs instructional videos, is sitting home one night, watching his own print of Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion, when he gets a strange phone call. A producer, Jack Roth (Martin Landau), formerly a bigwig at Universal, tells Marvin he was cleaning out his office when he came across Marvin's old script, "The Darkness and the Light." Jack claims he can get financing to make the film, and agrees to Marvin's stipulation that he be attached to direct. They "take a meeting" at a low-rent diner, and Jack brings along a gung-ho novice screenwriter, Stuart (Jace Alexander), to help Marvin polish the script. They meet with three potential backers, played by Eli Wallach, Danny Aiello, and Robert DeNiro, each one more meddlesome than the last, and each with a girlfriend (played by Tuesday Knight, Jean Smart, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, respectively) whom they demand be cast in the film. At first, Marvin adamantly resists changing his serious, downbeat, and very personal script, about an painter who commits suicide, rather than betray his ideals. But eventually, Marvin gets caught up in the momentum of actually getting his dream project made, and starts compromising. He agrees to cast the three women; he agrees to make the script funnier and sexier; he even agrees to change the painter to a photographer to please his backers. Laurie Metcalf plays Marvin's long-suffering wife, and Christopher Walken has a cameo as a tortured actor. Mistress was the first film produced by DeNiro's independent production company, Tribeca Films.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1999
UPC: 0013023015692
Original Release: 1992
Rating: R
Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:52:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Wuhl Marvin Landisman
Martin Landau Jack Roth
Robert De Niro Evan M. Wright
Danny Aiello Carmine Rasso
Eli Wallach George Lieberhoff
Jace Alexander Stuart Stratland, Jr.
Tuesday Knight Peggy
Sheryl Lee Ralph Beverly
Christopher Walken Warren Zell
Laurie Metcalf Rachel Landisman
Jean Smart Patricia Riley
Leata Galloway Mitch's Singing Student
Michael F. Kelley Guard at Gate
Raphaela Rose Primus Raphaela Wright
Tomas R. Voth Stagehand
Tuesday Weld Actor
Vasek Simek Hans
Mary Mercier Shelby's Waitress
Bill Rotko Valet
Dimitri Dimitrov Maitre d'
Charles Low Benrie
Ernest Borgnine Himself
Frida S. Aradottir Mrs. Evan M. Wright
Stefan Gierasch Stratland Sr.
Jerome Dempsey Mitch
Roberta Wallach Nancy
Kathleen Johnson Party Guest
Nina Small Mitch's Singing Student
Tim Bagley Mitch's Singing Student
Byron Simpson Mitch's Singing Student
Debbie James Mitch's Singing Student
Dawn Hopper Mitch's Singing Student
Deirdre Hade Party Goer
Peter Kalos Party Goer
Gretchen Becker Hamburger Girl
Eileen Wilkinson Astrologer

Technical Credits
Barry Primus Director,Screenwriter
Ruth Charny Producer
Robert De Niro Producer
Randy Eriksen Art Director
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Randy Grickson Art Director
Ilona Herman Makeup
Sven Kirsten Cinematographer
Avi Kleinberger Producer
J.F. Lawton Screenwriter
Gail Levin Casting
Galt MacDermot Score Composer
Susan Nininger Costumes/Costume Designer
Bertil Ohlsson Producer
Phil Peters Production Designer
Jeff Rafner Asst. Director
Meir Teper Producer
Steve Weisberg Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Jump to a Scene
1. The Call [5:45]
2. The First Meeting [6:04]
3. Investor Number One [6:18]
4. Peggy [5:34]
5. Investor Number Two [7:46]
6. Patricia [4:53]
7. Investor Number Three [3:48]
8. Beverly [5:25]
9. Investor Complications [5:09]
10. Rachel Comes Home [8:41]
11. Don't Make the Film [6:01]
12. Fool's Gold [7:39]
13. Coming to Terms [3:54]
14. Jack's Story [3:47]
15. The Party [7:32]
16. Contract Signing [6:54]
17. It All Falls Apart [7:43]
18. Starting Over Again [6:25]

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews