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Hacks (1997)

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Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Rea ... Brian
Illeana Douglas ... Georgia Feckler
John Ritter ... Hank
Dave Foley ... Neal
Richard Kind ... Benny
Dusty Kay Dusty Kay ... Ira Gold
Tom Arnold ... Danny
Robert Patrick ... Goatee
Ryan O'Neal ... Dr. Applefield
Ricky Jay ... The Hat
Jason Priestley ... The Dude
Olivia d'Abo ... Lynn
Matt Clark ... Bus Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Kudrow ... Reading Woman
Kim Lores Bodaglo ... Mrs. Danny (as Kim Lores)
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Brian is a television writer-producer who has to script a 22-episode anthology, but lacks inspiration. He witnesses a strange romantic encounter between two figures on the balcony of hotel near his flat and decides to write scripts with his writer friends based on what he saw. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sink or Swim See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Rigorous See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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The boring life of Brian
1 June 2006 | by bryan00009See all my reviews

There's an old maxim that movies about making movies never work and that may very well apply to this one about making TV shows. It's the type of movie where the writer sat around struggling for ideas and said, "I know, I'll write a movie about a writer struggling for ideas." I don't want to sound too dismissive. There's a bit of fun living vicariously in the world of these creative types strolling the palm-lined streets and striving for inspiration, but it just doesn't go anywhere. For example, there is a Hitchcockian 'Rear Window'-type mystery set up at the beginning that is abandoned half way through the movie with no payoff, and even the little "twist" at the end seems arbitrary and added on just to wrap up the story. Despite the interesting cast, it all comes down to a group of middle-aged guys fighting for something of no consequence. It might be interesting to watch people running around a colorful milieu like Hollywood, but if they have nothing interesting to say and their struggle doesn't touch upon some universal themes or real emotions, why bother?


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