6.8/10
3,051
102 user 36 critic

Free Enterprise (1998)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 4 June 1999 (USA)
Trailer
2:17 | Trailer
Two less than successful film producers, approaching mid-life crisis and clinging to their nerdy sci-fi obsessions, suddenly meet their idol: William Shatner.
Reviews
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Anniversary I (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Cid is dumped by his girlfriend on the evening of their 15th anniversary due to his failure to propose. On the one year anniversary of getting dumped, Cid is still reeling from the break up... See full summary »

Director: John Campea
Stars: Jason Contini, Manolis Zontanos, Julia Voth
Armstrong (2019)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dramatic, moving and deeply human, ARMSTRONG offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon, and beyond.

Director: David Fairhead
Stars: Harrison Ford, Neil Armstrong, Mark Armstrong
Comedy

Top name comedians travel the globe to explore and perform stand-up comedy in exotic destinations. These hilarious, quick witted comics dive headfirst into the local culture, cuisine, wildlife, and put a sharp-tongued spin on things.

Director: Robert Meyer Burnett
Stars: Faizon Love, Rodney Perry, Tony T. Roberts
Miami Hustle (TV Movie 1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Marsha, a con artist with a conscience, has agreed to take on an unusual scheme in order to pay off a debt to a lawyer who helped out her brother. An elderly millionaire is about to die, ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Lanoff
Stars: Kathy Ireland, John Enos III, Audie England
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An escaped mental patient holds a film crew hostage and forces them to film his screenplay.

Director: J. Randall Argue
Stars: William Shatner, Harry Hamlin, Scott Rinker
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A politician's campaign manager (Speakman) discovers that the candidate (Shatner) is a front for a military organization plotting a political overthrow of the government. In trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Jeff Speakman, William Shatner, Lisa Darr
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Should Christians kill people? Director John Campea's journey to find the answer is chronicled in Prince of Peace - God of War. Speaking with historians, professors, and religious leaders ... See full summary »

Director: John Campea
Stars: John Campea, Tony Campolo, Bruxy Cavey
TekWar: TekJustice (TV Movie 1994)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

21st Century detective Jake Cardigan is arrested for murdering the husband of his ex-wife. It seems like a frame up, yet Cardigan refuses to let the authorities investigate further or even ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Stars: Greg Evigan, Eugene Clark, Torri Higginson
TekWar (TV Movie 1994)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A television movie based on the futurist story by William Shatner.

Director: William Shatner
Stars: Greg Evigan, Eugene Clark, Torri Higginson
TekWar: TekLab (TV Movie 1994)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The actual sword of Excalibur has been stolen in London, and futuristic detectives Jake Cardigan and Sid Gomez are assigned to track it down and to find out who is trying to block the ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Bond
Stars: Greg Evigan, Eugene Clark, William Shatner
Robservations (TV Series 2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Robert Meyer Burnett
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Jeff Goldsmith
Stars: Mark A. Altman, Ellie Cornell, Audie England
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric McCormack ... Mark
Carl Bressler ... Mort Berg
Ethan Glazer Ethan Glazer ... Young Mark
Phyllis Franklin Phyllis Franklin ... Ticket Taker
Brandon Kleyla ... Young Kevin
Thomas Hobson ... Richard
Marilyn Kentz Marilyn Kentz ... Gail - Mark's Mom
Spencer Klein Spencer Klein ... Young Robert
Mickey Cassidy ... Bully
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Robert
Jennifer Sommerfeld ... Tricia (as Jennifer Sommerfield)
Tricia Cruz ... Mexican Waitress (as Letricia Cruz)
Annika Brindley Annika Brindley ... Astrid
William Shatner ... Bill
Michael Altman Michael Altman ... Eden Waiter
Edit

Storyline

Young filmmakers (Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack) trying to hawk a movie titled "Bradykillers" about a serial killer who goes after victims Marcia, Jan, and Cindy meet their screen idol, William Shatner. Shatner, appearing as himself, has fun poking fun at his own image. The two young men, who idolize him and in their fantasies have seen him as a shadowy fairy godfather figure, are alarmed at the reality of the middle-aged non-Captain Kirk man that they meet. However, their relationship helps anchor the two more into reality. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Shat hits the fan See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свободна инициатива See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,086, 6 June 1999

Gross USA:

$30,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,229
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

William Shatner wears the bomber jacket and flight cap he wore as the U.S. Air Force colonel from 12 O'Clock High (1964) after overhearing Mark and Robert's discussion about him. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in picture frame when Illa pulls Mark off the couch. See more »

Quotes

Claire: Where are you going?
Robert: Looks like I'm going nowhere.
Claire: Don't you fucking quote Star Wars at me!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Coming Soon: The Artist Formerly Known as Shatner in "William Shatner vs. the World Crime League" See more »

Alternate Versions

The 5 Year Mission Extended Edition is approx' 8 minutes longer than the original version, with new special effects in certain scenes. See more »

Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking on the Moon
Written by Michael Sherwood and Jules Robinson
Performed by Tierney Sutton
Artist Courtesy of Skywriter Productions, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
If you don't get it ... you don't get it
4 January 2000 | by joker-4See all my reviews

This movie spoke to me like no movie has since CLERKS or CHASING AMY. Filled with outright humorous usage of, reference to, and plenty of in-jokes surrounding the entire STAR TREK, STAR WARS, comicbook sub-culture, FREE ENTERPRISE also crafts a well-made movie of love, friendship and dreams coming true.

FREE ENTERPRISE is probably not for the chick who'd rather see the latest Julia Roberts romance flick, but absolutely targets the Generation X crowd that is hitting that magical age of 30. FREE ENTERPRISE establishes the fact, and goes on to prove it in case there is any remaining doubt, that there is no one cooler in SF than Captain Kirk.

Mark Altman and Robert Burnett, who obviously filled the script with personal experiences, go on to prove that even s/f comicbook movie geeks still have love in the hearts and, with sufficient help from assorted alcoholic beverages and the spiritual guidance of Captain Kirk himself, have the power to change the galaxy... or at least their own personal world.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 102 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed