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Hollywood Ending (2002)

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Release Date
 USA: May 3, 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 17, 2002

Budget $16,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some drug references and sexual material.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio Gravier Prods., Perdido

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Hollywood, Showbiz, Satire, Farce, Love Triangle

Tagline: It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!

Plot: In HOLLYWOOD ENDING, Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a onetime hot director who now gets fired from deodorant commercials in the frozen north. He is desperate for a comeback, but when he is at last offered a deal--for a $60 million blockbuster--it's from his ex-wife producer, Ellie (Tea Leoni), and her lover, Hal (Treat Williams), the studio head who had stolen Ellie away from Val ten years earlier. At his agent's (Mark Rydell as Al Hack) urging, Val takes the job, but Val is struck with psychosomatic blindness on the eve of production. Yet he is still determined to direct the picture.

HOLLYWOOD ENDING is a return to form for Allen. He is excellent as the fading auteur struggling to find his vision. His dependence on Al and Ellie is both pathetic and hysterical. Leoni and Rydell are outstanding, as is the rest of the eclectic cast, which includes Isaac Mizrahi as a production designer, Debra Messing as Val's chippie girlfriend, George Hamilton as a vain Hollywood tagalong, and Tiffani Thiessen as a sexpot actress. The film is filled with wonderful New York City locations, including Central Park, the Plaza hotel, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, Balthazar, and more. HOLLYWOOD ENDING is a funny, poignant look at a filmmaker fighting public and professional scrutiny to craft his

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 Directed by
Woody Allen
Match Point, Everyone Says I Love You, Bullets Over Broadway
 Written by
Woody Allen
Don't Drink the Water, Annie Hall, Antz
George Hamilton
The Godfather: Part III, Doc Hollywood, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Treat Williams
Once Upon a Time in America, The Devil's Own, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Woody Allen
Annie Hall, Antz, Manhattan
Debra Messing
Along Came Polly, The Mothman Prophecies, A Walk in the Clouds
Mark Rydell
Punchline, The Long Goodbye, Havana
Bob Dorian
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Ivan Martin
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