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Burn Hollywood Burn, An Alan Smithee Film

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Original title
Burn Hollywood Burn, An Alan Smithee Film
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Joe Eszterhas
Chuck D., Gary G-Wiz
Reynaldo Villalobos
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Buena Vista
Comedy | Mockumentary. Film In Film
Synopsis / Plot
Subtitled An Alan Smithee Film (referring to a long-standing pseudonym for a director who disowns a film), this 1998 satire is notable chiefly for having the same thing happen in real life, as director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) took his name off the picture after clashing with screenwriter and producer Joe Eszterhas (Showgirls, Basic Instinct). The plot of Eszterhas's farce has to do with a filmmaker who really is named Alan Smithee, played by Eric Idle (Monty Python's The Meaning of Life). After signing on to direct a big-budget blockbuster at the behest of a sleazy producer (Ryan O'Neal), Smithee realizes he has lost control of the film and decides to remove his name and publicly destroy the project. Along the way he encounters a host of celebrities in cameos, including the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Sylvester Stallone, Jackie Chan, and rappers Chuck D and Coolio, all of whom become involved in Smithee's doomed film. Meant as an insider's take on the machinations of Hollywood from one of its most prominent screenwriters, Burn Hollywood Burn is a cheerfully over-the-top send-up of modern moviemaking and the equally outlandish characters involved.
1999: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Picture of the Decade
1998: 5 Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Screenplay and New Star. 9 Nominations
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