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Bowfinger (1999)

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Coming Out at 13 August 1999 in theaters

Comedy

Bowfinger is comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It depicts a down-and-out filmmaker in Hollywood attempting to make a film on a small budget with a star who does not know that he is in the film. It was written by Steve Martin, who also stars alongside Eddie Murphy in two roles, and Heather Graham as a vapid, ambitious starlet. The film was released on August 13, 1999, and grossed $98 million.

Z-grade film producer Bobby Bowfinger has saved up to direct a movie for his entire life — he now has $2,184 to pay for production costs. He has a script (“Chubby Rain”) penned by an accountant, Afrim, and a camera operator, Dave, with access to studio-owned equipment. Bowfinger then lines up several actors who are hungry for work, along with a crowd of undocumented Mexican immigrants for a camera crew; the only other thing he needs is access to a studio in order to distribute his masterwork.

He extracts a promise from a high-ranking Universal Pictures executive, Jerry Renfro, that Universal will distribute the film if it includes currently-hot action star Kit Ramsey. Ramsey — a rather pompous, neurotic, and paranoid actor — refuses, so Bowfinger constructs a plan to covertly film all of Ramsey’s scenes without his knowledge. The actors, told that Ramsey is method acting and will not be interacting with them outside of their scenes, walk up to Ramsey in public and recite their lines while hidden cameras catch Ramsey’s confused reactions.

Director: Frank Oz

Writer: Steve Martin

Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jamie Kennedy, Barry Newman, Adam Alexi-Malle

Cast:

Steve MartinBowfinger
Eddie MurphyKit Ramsey / Jiff Ramsey
Heather GrahamDaisy
Christine BaranskiCarol
Jamie KennedyDave
Barry NewmanKit’s Agent
Adam Alexi-MalleAfrim
Kohl SudduthSlater
Terence StampTerry Stricter
Robert Downey Jr.Jerry Renfro
Alejandro PatiñoSanchez
Alfred De ContrerasMartinez
Ramiro FabianHector
Johnny SanchezLuis
Claude BrooksFreddy
Kevin ScannellLA Cop
John ProskyMindHead Executive
Michael DempseyCamera Security Guard
Walter PowellFederal Express Man
Phill LewisActor at Audition
Marisol NicholsYoung Actress at Audition
Nathan AndersonClothing Sales Clerk
Brogan RocheRenfro’s Executive
John ChoNightclub Cleaner
Lloyd BermanCamera Store Clerk
Zaid FaridKit’s Limo Driver
Aaron BrumfieldKit’s Bodyguard
Kevin GreviouxKit’s Bodyguard
Kimble JemisonKit’s Assistant
Alex Craig MannStudio Executive
Laura GradyE! Channel Interviewer
Reamy HallFarrah
Michelle BoehleLaker Girl
Kimberly BaumLaker Girl
Megan DentonLaker Girl
Janet JaegerLaker Girl
Hope WoodLaker Girl
Addie YungmeeLaker Girl
Andrea TosteLaker Girl
MindyBetsy – Bowfinger’s Dog
Martin AndrisPremiere Guest
Adam CarreraNews Reporter
John ForkerClub Patron
Carl KocisReporter at Premier
Tiger Mendez‘Mongo’ Premiere Guest
Douglas M. NelsonConfederate Soldier
Rick SolisLimo driver

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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