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Soapdish (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1991 (USA)
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An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Robert Harling (story), Robert Harling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Moriarty ... Montana Moorehead
Teri Hatcher ... Ariel Maloney
Robert Downey Jr. ... David Barnes
Sally Field ... Celeste Talbert
Paul Johansson ... Bolt
Elisabeth Shue ... Lori Craven
Whoopi Goldberg ... Rose Schwartz
Kevin Kline ... Jeffrey Anderson
Arne Nannestad Arne Nannestad ... Burton White
Tim Choate ... A.D.
Kathy Najimy ... Tawny Miller
Costas Mandylor ... Mark
Cornelia Kiss Cornelia Kiss ... Receptionist
Rob Camilletti Rob Camilletti ... Actor (as Robert Camiletti)
Marianne Muellerleile ... Housewife
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Storyline

Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A Deliciously Malicious Comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soapdish See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,736,380, 2 June 1991

Gross USA:

$36,489,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,489,888
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Garry Marshall also played the head of a network on 'Murphy Brown'. See more »

Goofs

Celeste's footwear changes repeatedly when she and Rose walk outside the building. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Anderson: No, no, no, doing dinner theatre is horrible. Doing hemorrhoid commercials is horrible. What you did... there are no words for!
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Crazy Credits

Early in the opening credits we see the words "a hamon cheimafflo film". The letters of the two middle words then rearrange themselves, one "o" slipping off the side of the screen, to form the name of director Michael Hoffman. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Bold and the Beautiful (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

El sol también se pone
Written by Ludar Felsenstein
Performed by Ludar Felsenstein (as Ludar)
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A gotta see every so often movie.
14 December 2006 | by alhurlbutSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies - like Dave, American Dreamer and Local Hero - that holds a viewer's interest time and again. Lightweight movies seldom win Oscars, but whoever did the casting for Soapdish deserves one. Even after one has seen the movie and knows what is coming, it's still enjoyable to watch how the various plot facets develop. True, all the drama is melodrama; but that's entirely fitting for a movie with a soap opera background. My favorite line comes from Whoopi Goldberg: "Now why can't I write sh*t like that?" I think it's unfortunate that the TV and website censors insist on all this unnecessary sanitation.


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