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Bowfinger
Bowfinger (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Steve Martin
Eddie Murphy
Heather Graham
Christine Baranski
Jamie Kennedy
Adam Alexi-Malle
Kohl Sudduth
Barry Newman
Terence Stamp
Robert Downey Jr.
Movie Details
Genre Comedy
Director Frank Oz
Producer Brian Grazer
Writer Steve Martin
Studio Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 97 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.3
Plot
Filmmakers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular, Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the K's in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 868
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/11/2007
Links Amazon US
IMDB
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192057625
Chapters 18
Release Date 1/18/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Spotlight on Location
Feature Commentary with director Frank Oz
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Theatrical Trailer
Universal Showcase
Prodution Notes
Cast and Flimmakers
DVD-ROM Features