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Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 August 1999 (USA)
When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Steve Martin
6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy ... Kit Ramsey / Jiff Ramsey
Heather Graham ... Daisy
Christine Baranski ... Carol
Jamie Kennedy ... Dave
Barry Newman ... Kit's Agent
Adam Alexi-Malle ... Afrim
Kohl Sudduth ... Slater
Terence Stamp ... Terry Stricter
Robert Downey Jr. ... Jerry Renfro
Alejandro Patiño ... Sanchez (as Alejandro Patino)
Alfred De Contreras Alfred De Contreras ... Martinez
Ramiro Fabian Ramiro Fabian ... Hector
Johnny Sanchez ... Luis
Claude Brooks Claude Brooks ... Freddy
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Storyline

Forty-nine year old Bobby Bowfinger is the owner/president of a Hollywood-based production company, Bowfinger International Pictures. The company has yet to produce a film, Bobby's personal net worth is virtually zero, and the company only has $2,184 to its name, $1 invested into it personally by Bobby every week since he first decided he wanted to make a movie when he was a child. Bobby believes his fortunes will change when his accountant Afrim changes hats and writes a science-fiction alien invasion screenplay that Bobby thinks all studios will clamor for and has Oscar written all over it. He has a small stable of followers who support his vision in being part of this movie, which eventually includes Daisy as the lead actress, she a stereotypical small town girl looking to make it big in Hollywood. Having just arrived in town, she does not know her way around the Hollywood system,... except on her proverbial back. Bobby is not averse to telling bald-faced lies in his singular focus... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're going to lie, cheat and steal - but in a nice way. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowfinger's Big Thing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,062,550, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$66,384,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,625,775
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Frank Oz decided to use the take of Heather Graham sitting on a suitcase waiting, which he had thought was a great shot, for Daisy's first scene in the film. See more »

Goofs

When reviewing a script with his agent at the beginning of the movie, Kit says that the letter K appears 1,456 times in the script, which is perfectly divisible by 3, meaning that KKK appears 486 times. 1,456 is not exactly divisible by 3. 1,458, however, is, and gives the stated division result of 486. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Wow. Great script. Great script!
[to his dog]
Robert K. Bowfinger: Betsy? It's now or never. We are gonna make a movie.
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Crazy Credits

After the last credits roll, Kit's line, "I saved the world! I saved it," can be heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD "deleted scenes" section contains a much longer version of the "this script, this masterpiece" scene which in a Martin monologue explains why an accountant would write a sci-fi script. His first script, about the exciting world of accounting, was rejected in favor of something that at least has aliens in it. The title is "Star Wars," but that will have to be changed. Another scene features the most avant-garde dry-cleaning place you'll ever see, explaining better the "Kit's dry cleaning" material later on. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.132 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Wonderful One
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland & Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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great Hollywood satire
27 September 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is a Z-list producer who lies, steals and schemes to make a movie out of a script written by his accountant. He gets A-list Hollywood producer Jerry Renfro to greenlight the script if he could get superstar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) to do the movie. Kit kicks Bobby out of his car but Bobby promises his crew that Kit agrees to do the movie. His idea is to shoot the movie without telling Kit. Soon his actors are approaching Kit on the street with strange dialog. He hires hungry newcomer Daisy (Heather Graham), actress Carol (Christine Baranski), Kit lookalike Jiff (Eddie Murphy) who turns out to be Kit's brother and the cheapest crew possible. Kit is a crazed narcissist who finds counsel from Mindhead leader Terry Stricter (Terence Stamp). When actors keep approaching him with weird dialog, he starts to suspect that aliens are really after him.

This is simply a brilliant satire. Bowfinger is sleazy but with a heart. He just wants so badly to make a movie. Steve Martin is such a charming lead. I love Daisy sleeping her way up the Hollywood ladder. This is two of Eddie Murphy's best performances. The movie is hilarious. Every other scene hits it with big laughs.


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