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Soapdish (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1991 (USA)
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An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Robert Harling (story), Robert Harling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Moriarty ... Montana Moorehead
Teri Hatcher ... Ariel Maloney
Robert Downey Jr. ... David Barnes
Sally Field ... Celeste Talbert
Paul Johansson ... Bolt
Elisabeth Shue ... Lori Craven
Whoopi Goldberg ... Rose Schwartz
Kevin Kline ... Jeffrey Anderson
Arne Nannestad Arne Nannestad ... Burton White
Tim Choate ... A.D.
Kathy Najimy ... Tawny Miller
Costas Mandylor ... Mark
Cornelia Kiss Cornelia Kiss ... Receptionist
Rob Camilletti Rob Camilletti ... Actor (as Robert Camiletti)
Marianne Muellerleile ... Housewife
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Storyline

Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

All that glitter... All that glamour... All that dirt. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soapdish See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,736,380, 2 June 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,489,888
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie starred several Oscar nominees and Academy Award winners. Sally Field had won two Best Actress Oscars for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984), Whoopi Goldberg had won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Ghost (1990), and Kevin Kline had won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Cathy Moriarty was a nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Raging Bull (1980); Elisabeth Shue and Robert Downey Jr. have also been nominated for Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

A poster in Kevin Kline's dressing room lists him as playing "Willie Loman." The name should be spelled "Willy." The production wasn't that polished to begin with, so it wouldn't be surprising if no one proofread the poster. See more »

Quotes

Lori Craven: Get out!
Celeste Talbert: [crying] Please try to understand what I am going through.
Lori Craven: I don't give a *shit* what you're going through!
Celeste Talbert: There's no need to use that kind of language.
Lori Craven: [shouts] Get out! Now!
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Early in the opening credits we see the words "a hamon cheimafflo film". The letters of the two middle words then rearrange themselves, one "o" slipping off the side of the screen, to form the name of director Michael Hoffman. See more »

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El sol también se pone
Written by Ludar Felsenstein
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A Forgotten Comedy Classic
2 August 2007 | by Translucid2k4See all my reviews

'Soapdish' is one of the best, yet least well remembered comedies of the 1990's. The film revolves around the various off-camera drama's that occur behind the scenes of a cheaply produced Daytime Soap Opera. The first of the film's various impressive strengths is it's fantastic A-List cast. 'Soapdish' features some of the greatest actors and actresses of it's era.

The film is superbly led by Sally Field, as the neurotic ageing actress Celeste Talbert (She famously throws a tantrum when put in a costume that makes her look like "Gloria F*CKING Swanson!"). Her supporting cast reads like a who's-who of 90's Movie Greats! Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr, Teri Hatcher, Kevin Kline and Kathy Najimy all elevate the film greatly. Goldberg is predictably excellent, whilst Downey Jr.'s and Hatcher's performances hint at the comedic excellence they would later achieve.

In terms of writing, the film is outstanding. There is a really modern edge to the script, which strays into the wonderfully bizarre on several occasions. There also several visual gags that are quite ahead of their time. In some ways, the film is reminiscent of Mel Brooks at his best and frequently reminded this reviewer of 'High Anxiety' (1977). Much of the film's humour hinges on it's often scathing, but pretty accurate, representations of daytime television and of neurotic and pretentious actors. For example, The extras casting session featuring the exploitative executive played by Carrie Fisher, is both hilarious and honest.

'Soapdish' is, for my money, one of the very best comedies Hollywood produced during the 1990's. It's excellent script and A-Class cast make it a must-see. It's hard not to love this film after it's kept you laughing for 90 minutes.


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