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A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

| Comedy | 2009 (USA)
A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

Director:

Andy Cadiff

Writers:

Jonathan Gershfield (screenplay), John Ross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Jefferson Steel
Alexandra Weaver ... Girl on Motorbike
Elesia Marie Elesia Marie ... 1st Cinema Girl (as Elesia Ennis)
Sarah Goldberg ... 2nd Cinema Girl
Glynis Brooks Glynis Brooks ... Woman In Street
Camilla Arfwedson ... Amanda Blacke
Michael Wildman ... Mr. Darcy
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Box Office Guy
John Moraitis John Moraitis ... Man In Theatre
Pat Starr ... Woman In Theatre
Maisie Scott Maisie Scott ... Young Amanda
Charles Durning ... Charlie Rosenberg
Pandora Colin ... Nadine
Lucy Akhurst ... Stewardess
Stephen Gressieux Stephen Gressieux ... Italian Tourist (as Stefano Gressieux)
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A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.

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They wished for a star, then wished they hadn't.

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banda amatorów See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,096,787
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout his career, Burt Reynolds made numerous movies that examine filmmaking and this movie is one of them. The movies include Fade-In (1968) (location filming and westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent movies); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting and Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult movies); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood). See more »

Quotes

[First lines]
Girl on Motorbike: [On the screen of a cinema] That was one hell of a bang.
Jefferson Steel: [On the screen of a cinema] You ain't seen nothing yet.
[passionately kisses the girl on the back of his bike]
1st Cinema Girl: Ewww. That is so gross.
2nd Cinema Girl: He is *so* old.
1st Cinema Girl: I know. She could be, like, his granddaughter.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the main cast appear one at a time as the actors in the play take their curtain call and bow to the audience in the theatre or, alternatively, in twos as they're sitting in the audience, applauding. See more »

Soundtracks

Money
Music & Lyrics by Christian Henson
Performed by the 'Stratford St John Soul Sextet'
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A charming film
21 December 2008 | by haythalkSee all my reviews

I'm a Burt Reynolds fan - there i have admitted it! Anyway, to see a film of his get a theatrical release made this a must see film for me...and i wasn't disappointed. No need to go over the plot but all the performances in the film are excellent and Burt is the best he has been for years..in fact since Boogie Nights in my opinion. Like the other comments, there were no really laugh out loud moments but just a nice stream of funny,well acted and moving moments. The scene at the start were Jefferson Steele was watching an old home movie of his daughter was moving,well acted by Burt.

He obviously was quite happy to send himself as the has-been star (so appropriate) but still with a lot to prove. Despite all the bad plastic surgery he has had, he didn't look too bad in this film..and that in itself made me pleased.

So overall, this is charming,warm hearted film with some great performances. As for Burt, his best film in years, without any doubt. He is obviously still a great actor, with tremendous screen prescence and is rightly hailed as Hollywood legend. I just hope we see more of Burt in films of this quality.


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