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Bowfinger

  • Comedy
  • 1999
  • Frank Oz
  • 92 mins
  • 12

Summary

Comedy starring Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and Heather Graham. Struggling film-maker Bowfinger has found his dream script, but he can only make the movie if action star Kit Ramsey agrees to be his leading man. Unfortunately, Kit has major preoccupations of his own, so Bowfinger decides to adopt some very unorthodox methods to ensure his film reaches the screen.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This bang-on-target satire of low-budget Hollywood film-making contains Steve Martin's best comic performance since Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Martin plays an ambitious but financially challenged director who's unable to sign up A-list action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) for his new sci-fi project. So he follows the actor around, setting up various silly scenarios and filming Kit's shocked reactions to insert into his movie that features a lookalike (also played by Murphy). Martin - who also wrote the hilarious screenplay - and Murphy are immensely engaging, and there's sparkling support from Heather Graham as a talentless actress who's quite prepared to sleep her way to the top. While The Player was a snarling, sharp-toothed beast, director Frank Oz's fun send-up of Tinseltown is a cute and cuddly companion piece.

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Credits

Cast

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BowfingerSteve Martin
Kit Ramsey / Jeff RamseyEddie Murphy
DaisyHeather Graham
CarolChristine Baranski
DaveJamie Kennedy
Kit's agentBarry Newman
AfrimAdam Alexi-Malle
SlaterKohl Sudduth
Terry StricterTerence Stamp
Jerry RenfroRobert Downey Jr

Crew

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DirectorFrank Oz

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1999-10-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sexual situations.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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