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Hurlyburly (1998)

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Hollywood movers and shakers dissect their own personal lives when everything seems to clash together.

Director:

Anthony Drazan

Writers:

David Rabe (play), David Rabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Eddie
Kevin Spacey ... Mickey
Robin Wright ... Darlene (as Robin Wright Penn)
Chazz Palminteri ... Phil
Garry Shandling ... Artie
Anna Paquin ... Donna
Meg Ryan ... Bonnie
Gianna Palminteri ... Susie (as Gianna Renaudo)
David Fabrizio ... Store Manager
Kenny Vance Kenny Vance ... Singer
Michaline Babich ... Receptionist
Elaine Corral Kendall ... TV Anchor (as Elaine Corral)
Sharon Tay ... TV Reporter
Frank Somerville Frank Somerville ... TV Anchor
Bob Jimenez Bob Jimenez ... Newscaster
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Storyline

Hurly-burly is an adaptation of David Rabe's well known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes whose personal lives threaten to veer into a catastrophe more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for constant drug use, pervasive strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Fine Line Features

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ano kato See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,826, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$1,798,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,808,004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright would appear together in House of Cards (2013) 15 years later. See more »

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Quotes

Eddie: In the Middle Ages everyone really had to worry about witches and goblins, but what we have is stuff eating at us. We've got stuff we don't even... I mean, why do you think that all the warlords of the world are so anxious to get their own personal little stash of chemical weapons. They call them weapons of mass destruction, but they're not. They're very *very* selective about what they destroy. They annihilate people and preserve things. They love things. You and I would be dead, gas... puke.....
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There Goes the Neighborhood
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Performed by Sheryl Crow, with Sheryl Crow (clarinet/percussion), Gregg Williams (drums/programming/percussion),
Jeff Trott (guitars), Tim Smith (bass), Bobby Keys (baritone/tenor/alto sax), Michael Davis (trombone),
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Yes, but
9 July 1999 | by Andrew-106See all my reviews

I certainly don't want to discourage talky, intellectually ambitious movies, but why not try to get it right? They might even make money and encourage studios to invest in more talky, intellectually ambitious movies.

Of course, everyone wants to like Hurlyburly, but the movie fails to meet us half-way. With real visionary filmmakers like Neil LeBute (regardless of whether you like/agree with his work, he is a visionary) out there, why waste so many actorly resources on vessels of inarticulate pretention. Spewing a mass of verbiage in lieu of meaningful thought is no more clever (okay, slightly more clever) than Prince attempting to look cool and mysterious in Purple Rain by not saying anything.

That said, there were certainly enjoyable moments in Hurlyburly, especially Anna Paquin's speech at the end, and Penn's reaction to it (God, but men do need women. If we just listened to them more, everything would be so easy). Also Chazz Palmitieri had some interesting facial expressions. I love Kevin Spacey, but I'm starting to think he should just appear as himself in every movie, or at least as his persona. Check The Ref for Spacey before he became a parody of himself.


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