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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)

R | | Comedy | 8 May 1998 (Thailand)
When a rookie filmmaker with the unfortunate name Alan Smithee realizes he's an unwitting studio puppet, being forced to make a big-budget action movie, he knows is horrible, he steals the master reels and tries to make a deal.

Director:

Arthur Hiller (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... James Edmunds
Coolio ... Dion Brothers
Chuck D ... Leon Brothers
Eric Idle ... Alan Smithee
Richard Jeni ... Jerry Glover
Leslie Stefanson ... Michelle Rafferty
Sandra Bernhard ... Ann Glover
Cherie Lunghi ... Myrna Smithee
Harvey Weinstein ... Sam Rizzo
Gavin Polone ... Gary Samuels
MC Lyte ... Sista Tu Lumumba
Marcello Thedford ... Stagger Lee
Nicole Nagel ... Aloe Vera
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Bill Bardo
Erik King ... Wayne Jackson
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Storyline

Director Alan Smithee comes to Hollywood to make a movie. Due to a variety of factors, he decides to disown it and direct it under a pseudonym. Unfortunately, the Director's Guild requires that if a director disowns a movie in this fashion, he *must* use the official Director's Guild pseudonym...which happens to be Alan Smithee. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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An Outrageous Look At Making Movies! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

An Alan Smithee Film See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,992, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$45,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,921
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Quotes

Alan Smithee: [beating his head] I cut the picture. They cut the picture. I didn't cut the picture. They cut the picture...
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Crazy Credits

Various extra scenes and outtakes during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Shooting (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

GO GO MARIO
Written by M. O'J.C. Rourke and K. Foskett
Performed by Jeffrey Foskett
Courtesy of New Surf Limited & Pioneer LDC
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Engagingingly funny, but for a limited audience
7 October 2005 | by n8186wSee all my reviews

If you are in the feature film industry, what makes this picture so funny is the close parody... some of the characters appear to be modeled on real people. It would not be too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that two of the characters are parodies of Peter Guber and John Peters of Sony Pictures. Read the true story of these two guys' careers, documented in the book, Hit and Run, then watch Burn Hollywood Burn again. You will probably find the film twice as entertaining as the first time you watched it. After having last watched the film 7 years ago, I bought the DVD this week because I wanted to see if I could grab the title track that I liked, and I also clearly remembered (and liked) the graffiti art that was drawn for the movie title. Once I got the DVD in my hands, though, I watched the film all the way through again, and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time I saw it.


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