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My Life's in Turnaround

Eric Schaeffer and Donald Ward managed to scrape together $22,000 to make this independent film about the making of an independent film. Schaeffer plays a New York City cabdriver (which he really was), while Ward costars as his roommate (which he really was). They have no money, no script, and admittedly not much talent -- but they're determined to put a movie together about a couple of slightly overweight twentysomethings who are united by their "outsider" status. Talent agent Lisa Gerstein, the boys' mutual friend, takes a maternal interest in their project. Along the way, they manage to charm to genuine celebrities -- Phoebe Cates and Martha Plimpton -- into appearing in their film (Cates really was cajoled into appearing when she stepped into Schaeffer's taxi!) My Life's in Turnaround debuted at the Seattle Film Festival, where it scored a hit (despite its misogynistic undertones) and earned Schaeffer and Ward a multimillion-dollar studio deal. Incidentally, the word "turnaround" is a Hollywood term referring to a movie project that has been in development so long that its chances of ever being produced are slim to none; detractors of Schaeffer and Ward (and there are many) tend to wish that this had been the fate of My Life's in Turnaround.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2001
UPC: 0780273072200
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Arrow Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Superior picture and sound quality; Chapter stops; Outtakes; Original theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Original movie poster artwork

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Schaeffer Splick
Donal Lardner Ward Jason
Lisa Gerstein Sarah Hershfeld
Phoebe Cates Herself
Casey Siemaszko Himself
Martha Plimpton Herself
John Sayles Marginal Producer
Robert John Burke Actor
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Rachel
Dolores McDougal Mother in audience
Bruce Taylor Cop
Sheila Jaffe Beverly Spannenbaum
D. Gary Phelps Leather man
Jesse Merz Patron (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Eric Schaeffer Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Donal Lardner Ward Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Sue Graef Editor
Peter Hawkins Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. "You make Me Sick!" [7:48]
2. "We Are Gonna Make a Movie!" [8:05]
3. A Meeting With Casey Siemaszko [14:35]
4. Phoebe Cates "A Fare" With Splick [8:05]
5. Coffee With Martha Plimpton [15:59]
6. What's Madonna Doing In A Mexican Restaurant [8:25]
7. Pitching The "Producer" [12:10]
8. Splick, This Is The Most Important Person You Will Ever Work With [5:42]
9. Closing Credits/Out-Takes [3:25]

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