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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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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cast of the Chicago stage premiere in 1984: William Hurt as Eddie; Christopher Walken as Mickey; Sigourney Weaver as Darlene; Harvey Keitel as Phil; Jerry Stiller as Artie; Cynthia Nixon as Donna; Judith Ivey as Bonnie. On Broadway, Ron Silver replaced Christopher Walken. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie lies under the glass table while Mickey and Artie talk to him, the location (and amount) of cocaine changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mickey: You're right. Good taste has undoubtedly deprived me of any number of friendships.
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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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There Goes the Neighborhood
Written by Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
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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Great movie, more theatrical than cinematic
15 December 2004 | by imdb-5032See all my reviews

A touching movie about friendship and dependency viewed through the distorting lens of rampant nihilism.

There's a theatrical eloquence to the dialogue that lends it mesmerizing power. It has a literary quality that some people will find unbearably pretentious, but which I found deeply moving.

The movie starts out with a fast paced barrage of hilarious absurdities. As it gets slower and more ponderous it sometimes veers off course, but in a sense this just deepens the sense of human frailty. Similarly the somewhat grasping conclusion does not significantly detract from the film's main thrust.

Acting by Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn and Garry Shandling is absolutely top notch. Chazz Palminteri isn't always as convincing. Excellent showing by Meg Ryan.


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