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Tinseltown (1997)

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In Hollywood it's all about who you know, and the only person two friends know is a serial killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arye Gross ... Max
Joe Pantoliano ... Arnie
Ron Perlman ... Cliff
Kristy Swanson ... Nikki Randall
Tom Wood ... Tiger
John Considine ... Wolfie
David Dukes ... Jake
Nicole Hansen ... Eugenia
Mark Neal Mark Neal ... First A.D.
Nichole Pelerine Nichole Pelerine ... Opera Singer
Rebecca Gray ... Artist's Model
Bryn Pryor ... Cockney Musician (as Bryn Prior)
Ron Thomson Ron Thomson ... Policeman
Hershey Felder Hershey Felder ... Piano Player
Saleem Saleem ... Belly Dancer


Two down-and-out Hollywood screenwriters living together in a self-storage facility suspect that the man who rents space next to them is the infamous Costume Killer--a serial murderer who stalks the streets of Los Angeles decked out in ridiculous rented outfits. Using their neighbor's misdeeds for inspiration, the two friends desperately try to write a hit screenplay... at any cost. Written by rottentomatoes.com

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A plot to commit the act of moviemaking.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Self Storage See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$517, 24 January 1999

Gross USA:

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Joe Pantoliano (who plays 'Arnie' in the film) played the role of 'Max' in the stage version. See more »


[first lines]
Max: [in phone booth] Ted! Are you home? Ted! Are you there Ted? It's Max and Tiger on the prowl. Ya home? You out drinking, you waste product? What, are you screening your calls? Ted. Ted. Ted!
Tiger: I'm going.
Max: No wait, hold it! Hold it! Hold it! One more. Just. Just. Just stay.
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References Diner (1982) See more »


The Man With the Bag
Music and Lyrics by Hal Stanley, Irving Taylor and Dudley Brooks
Performed by Kay Stark
Courtesy of Capital Records
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NOT "Interesting" to ME
24 January 2001 | by Dave-330See all my reviews

"I just viewed this movie last night and I don't think I will ever think the same about any of the actors involved, because this movie will stick in the back of my mind."

The above statement can be thought of as a good or a bad thing. I mean every time I see Tom Cruise or Demi Moore in a movie, I think of "A Few Good Men" which is a good thing. Now, every time I see Ron Perlman or Kristy Swanson, I will think of "Tinseltown" which is a VERY bad thing.

I picked this up thinking that it might be something intelligent or at least make me chuckle and with Arye Gross and the aforementioned Swanson and Perlman, I thought that it at least wouldn't be bad. You could tell the movie was made on a budget the size of Wheeling, Indiana (Where? Exactly.), but maybe they used every dollar to make a good movie. WRONG.

This movie is NOT funny or entertaining in any sense of either word. It is just there and lasts for 84 excruciating slow minutes.

The characters are paper-thin. You almost care about NONE of the characters, and since the leads are two struggling Hollywood writers with a dream that is all the two struggling writers with a dream who wrote this need you to know about them. Okay, the two REAL writers know all about there onscreen versions of themselves, so they figure so does the audience. They don't even think about character development, except for trying to tie there story back to "Gilligan's Island".

The plot is unoriginal. Two guys live in a storage center, where one of them stores a bed, and there are about twenty other people living there, too. The rest of the story is contrived and stupid. Have you seen "National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins"? The second story with Joe Mantegna is about a television writer who can't find a good story to make a TV movie about, so he creates one. Now substitute the television writer for a screenwriter, morph Mantegna into to annoying actors half his age, and take away the comedy and you have this movie.

The actors try. Kristy Swanson is in the movie for maybe 10 minutes and still gives the best performance in the movie. She is still hot, but it would help if she would actually STAR in a movie instead of constantly making CAMEOS. As for everyone else, I don't think it was the actors fault because they have BAD material

Go watch the National Lampoon's movie, but stay away from this movie.

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