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The Independent (2000)

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Release Date
• USA: Mar 12, 2000
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 7, 2003

Official Website:
The Independent Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio Arrow Releasing

More info on IMDb.com

Other Titles
• The Independent



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Genre: Comedy, Spoof, Black Comedy, Serial Killer

Plot: Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller) is an independent schlock film producer-star-director with a problem. He's broke, and he can't finance his new film about a singing serial killer. The bank offers to buy his film library (a whopping 427 films!) but they're only willing to pay him $8 a pound. "We've weighed them," the bankers tell him, "and it's an impressive body of work." Fineman enlists the aid of his estranged daughter, Pamona (Janeane Garofalo) and his long-time assistant Ivan (Max Perlich). They try to rekindle interest in his films by getting Fineman a retrospective at the High Desert Film Festival in the remote town of Chaparral, Nevada, a haven for legal prostitution. Stephen Kessler co-wrote and directed THE INDEPENDENT, a hilarious but affectionate homage to B-movie visionaries like Roger Corman, Russ Meyer, and Herschell Gordon Lewis. The consistently funny film includes appearances by Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Jonathan Katz, porn star Ginger Lynn Allen, and rock legend John Lydon. There are also cameos by Hollywood luminaries like Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich (who sing Morty’s praises), but the comedic highlights are the clips of Fineman’s hysterically awful films, including such wonders as "The Foxy Chocolate Robot" and "Bald Justice."

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 Directed by
Stephen Kessler
Vegas Vacation
 Written by
Stephen Kessler
Vegas Vacation
 Cast
Jerry Stiller
Zoolander, Serving Sara, Hairspray
Janeane Garofalo
Dogma, The Cable Guy, Mystery Men
Max Perlich
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Blow, Cliffhanger
Ted Demme
Blow, Rounders, Beautiful Girls
Roger Corman
Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Second Civil War, A Decade Under the Influence
Ron Howard
American Graffiti, Osmosis Jones, The Music Man
Karen Black
House of 1000 Corpses, Family Plot, Five Easy Pieces
[more]
 Music By
Ben Vaughn
Black Mask, Psycho Beach Party, Lewis & Clark & George



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