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Hollywood North (2003)

R | | Comedy | 12 January 2004 (USA)
A Canadian producer buys the film rights of a famous Canadian novel, Lantern Moon and wants it to reflect his home country. But he soon realizes that once Hollywood becomes involved, his Canadian vision has to take a back seat.

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Peter O'Brian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Bobby Myers
Saul Rubinek ... Paul Linder
Alan Bates ... Michael Baytes
Joe Cobden ... Howard Atkins
Deborah Kara Unger ... Sandy Ryan
Alan Thicke ... Peter Casey
John Neville ... Henry Neville
Lindy Booth ... Molly
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Frankie Candido (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Clare Coulter ... Lindsay Marshall
Sandi Stahlbrand Sandi Stahlbrand ... Leslie Carrington
John Bayliss John Bayliss ... Customs Inspector
Jennifer Tilly ... Gillian Stevens
Audrey Lupke ... Joanne Jennings
Kim Coates ... Scott DiMarco
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Storyline

Former lawyer Bobby Myers recounts his first foray in the Canadian movie business circa 1979, when the then burgeoning Canadian movie industry was going through some growing pains. He wanted his first project as producer to be told by Canadians about issues close to the Canadian heart. As such, he acquired the rights to Lantern Moon, a beloved Canadian novel written by Lindsay May Marshall. He quickly realized that producing a movie in Canada, especially in acquiring financing, required much compromise, most specifically casting a big name Hollywood star in the leading role. The star he signs, Michael Baytes, comes with much baggage. Those compromises lead to many problems between the Canadian vision and the want by some to make the movie more "American", especially by ultra-patriotic and paranoid Baytes. Through it all, filmmaker Sandy Ryan films it all, good and bad, for a "making of" documentary. But Sandy has her own agenda as she concurrently films her own lower budget movie ... Written by Huggo

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The camera never lies ... only the people behind it.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood North See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Sir Alan Bates (Michael Baytes). See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Marshall: If God were Canadian, he would come down and destroy you and this production in a fiery apocalyptic rebuke!
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Connections

References Fast Company (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovin' You Ain't Easy
Performed by Michel Pagliaro
Written by Michel Pagliaro
Published by Earth Born Music
Courtesy of Earth Born Music
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Pretty darn bad
25 May 2006 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Ouch! This one was a bit painful to sit through. It has a cute and amusing premise, but it all goes to hell from there. Matthew Modine is almost always pedestrian and annoying, and he does not disappoint in this one. Deborah Kara Unger and John Neville turned in surprisingly decent performances. Alan Bates and Jennifer Tilly, among others, played it way over the top. I know that's the way the parts were written, and it's hard to blame actors, when the script and director have them do such schlock. If you're going to have outrageous characters, that's OK, but you gotta have good material to make it work. It didn't here. Run away screaming from this movie if at all possible.


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