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Ivansxtc (2000)

Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.

Director:

Bernard Rose

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (novel), Bernard Rose (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Huston ... Ivan Beckman
Peter Weller ... Don West
Lisa Enos ... Charlotte White
Joanne Duckman ... Marcia Beckman
Angela Featherstone ... Amanda Hill
Caroleen Feeney ... Rosemary Kramer
Valeria Golino ... Constanza Vero
Adam Krentzman ... Barry Oaks
Heidi Jo Markel ... Francesca Knight
James Merendino ... Danny McTeague
Tiffani Thiessen ... Marie Stein (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)
Morgan Walsh ... Lucy Lawrence (as Morgan Vukovic)
Crystal Atkins Crystal Atkins ... Jessie
Alex Butler Alex Butler ... Brad East
Robert Graham Robert Graham ... Sid Beckman
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Storyline

Ivan Beckman, Hollywood's most sought after talent agent, the darling and crown prince of La-La Land is dead. How and why did it happen? Was it drugs, murder or excess, or perhaps something altogether more mundane? We begin with an ending and then catapult back a number of days to the apex of Ivan's brilliant career as he bags international megastar Don West onto his company's books, and then charts the highs, lows (and they are so very low) and extreme excesses of his final days. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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There's a fine lie between success and excess See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ivans xtc. See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,121, 9 June 2002

Gross USA:

$47,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,027
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

[Upon hearing of Ivan Beckman's death]
Don West: What, did he freebase his face off?
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Connections

Referenced in I Really Hate My Job (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Tristan and Isolde
Excerpts
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Elmo Weber
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Drugs and power in Hollywood
13 April 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

The box copy for this movie suggests some kind of mystery, but don't be mislead. This is a morality drama about Hollywood deal-making at its most soulless and cynical. Peter Weller gives an unflinching performance as a high-powered star who steamrolls people, talking over them, repeating himself just in case the message didn't penetrate the first several times, making no effort to listen, and occasionally trying to justify his actions but never apologizing for his arrogance or boorishness. Danny Huston plays his agent with a painted on smile, trying to make everybody happy to get The Deal to come together, and greasing the wheels with cocaine and vodka. Huston is dying, but he puts on a happy front for the sake of the picture and knowing that the heartless, selfish people around him wouldn't care anyway. His death leads to professional complications for his agency, but little actual mourning. Indeed, it is a moment of supreme irony when his sister takes the large turnout at his funeral to be a sign of how well loved he was, while egos clash in the back of the church! The film is shot in a very documentary fashion: tight camera placements, roving camera, swish pans from one character to another. It plays like an episode of COPS, but with Hollywood power brokers at its center rather than deputies, and the look and the details of life at a big shot talent agency makes the movie seem convincing on a superficial level, but not particularly compelling dramatically. There are few original characters or situations here. The movie is good enough for its type but there is little here that seems fresh or even all that interesting.


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