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Stars and Bars (1988)

R | | Comedy | 18 March 1988 (USA)
A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Henderson Dores (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Harry Dean Stanton ... Loomis Gage
Kent Broadhurst ... Ben Sereno
Maury Chaykin ... Freeborn Gage
Matthew Cowles ... Beckman Gage
Joan Cusack ... Irene Stein
Keith David ... Eugene Teagarden
Spalding Gray ... Reverend T.J. Cardew
Glenne Headly ... Cora Gage
Laurie Metcalf ... Melissa
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Edgar Beeby
Deirdre O'Connell ... Shanda Gage
Will Patton ... Duane Gage
Martha Plimpton ... Bryant
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Peter Gint
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Storyline

Young Englishman Henderson Dores (Daniel Day-Lewis), yearning to give up his genteel British ways and be a bold and brash American, gets his chance when his New York firm sends him south to acquire a Renoir painting from Loomis Gage (Harry Dean Stanton), the eccentric head of an unusual family.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Englishman in New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarkesville, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Features The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) See more »

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An Englishman in New York
Written and Performed by Sting
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comic misfire has its moments
5 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

It may be a far cry from classic screwball comedy, but even during its many forgettable moments this fish-out-of-water farce isn't a total write-off. Certainly there's nothing in it to justify the cold-blooded lack of confidence that killed it at the Box Office: the throwaway release it received is usually reserved for lame dogs someone wants put out of misery, and in this case it worked.

At least the film never pretends to be anything more than what it is: a self-consciously wacky social comedy with an outsider's exaggerated, broad-as-a-barn-door view of American manners, starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dapper English art appraiser who runs into an oddball collection of cartoon Confederate rebels while investigating a lost Renoir in backwoods Georgia. All the film needs is a laugh-track to become a respectable TV sitcom (a degenerate Beverly Hillbillies?), but director Pat O'Connor doesn't show much aptitude for low comedy, and the laughs collapse into a feeble slapstick conclusion, leaving the door wide open for a sequel which will never be made.


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