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Edtv (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 March 1999 (USA)
A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Émile Gaudreault (screenplay "Louis 19, le roi des ondes"), Sylvie Bouchard (screenplay "Louis 19, le roi des ondes") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Blake ... Keith
Gail Boggs Gail Boggs ... Wife
Jenna Byrne Jenna Byrne ... Felicia
Merrin Dungey ... Ms. Seaver
Ian Gomez ... McIlvaine
Gavin Grazer Gavin Grazer ... Clint
Chris Hogan ... Paul
Arianna Huffington ... Panel Member
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Husband (as Larry Jenkins)
Wendle Josepher ... Rita
Scott LaRose ... Desipio
John Livingston ... Terry
Mitzi McCall ... Fig Lady
Jim Meskimen ... Dr. Geller
Don Most ... Benson
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Storyline

In a Hail Mary move for corporate preservation, the San Francisco based Northwest Broadcasting Corporation launches True TV, a new network which will broadcast the life of an Average Joe or Jane, 24/7 live and thus unedited, the subject chosen signed initially for one month. The project is conceived and led by one of the producers, Cynthia, but her boss, NWBC president Whitaker, will take the credit if it succeeds, and let her sink as the captain of the ship if it fails. The network is rebranded EdTV when Cynthia believes she's found her subject, Ed Pekurny, a native Texas hayseed, who fits the two main criteria that she is looking for in the person: he is easy on the eyes, and he has what seems to be a potential trainwreck of a life in that he he is thirty-one years old, spends most of his time hanging out at the bar, and has no ambition beyond his longtime dead end job as a clerk in a video store. Ed did not actively campaign for the job - his blowhard of a brother Ray was the one ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fame. Be careful. It's out there. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ed TV See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,311,290, 28 March 1999

Gross USA:

$22,431,897

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,242,897
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The ads at the bottom of Edtv get bigger and more national as the show's popularity grows. See more »

Goofs

When Ed is yelling up to Shari's window asking to come up, the light behind Shari is off. In the next shot the light is on. In the next the light is off again. See more »

Quotes

Al: Don't blame your mother, I was irresistible!
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Connections

References The Love God? (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Burning To Change
Music by Stroke 9
Lyrics by Luke Esterkyn
Performed by Stroke 9
Courtesy of Cherry Entertainment/Universal Records
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Exposes The Vulgarity Of Reality Shows,And The Public That Loves Them
30 May 2005 | by gatsby2244See all my reviews

I never liked reality shows,and when this movie was shown on cable I decided to watch it and found it really interesting.Matthew McConaughey plays video store clerk Ed Pekurny who lives with his parents and his big brother Ray Pekurny,played by Woody Harrelson.He is hired by a TV company that wants to do a 24-hour reality show based on his life,and Ed grabs the offer.In the beginning,the public tells Ed that his show 'stinks',but as they see him getting involved with his elder brother's girlfriend,the ratings go above the roof.What's more,when Ed makes out live with the bombshell to end all bombshells,that is Elizabeth Hurley,the interest verges on voyeurism.The icing in the cake comes when Ed's father suddenly turns up from nowhere,having abandoned him and his brother years ago.The film is a well-made documentation of the vulgarity of the public that makes up the television audience not only in America,but the whole world.Sex and scandal will always be the top-sellers,whether it is an ordinary man's tale or that of a celebrity.In fact,it is Ed's scandalous life that makes him America's Number One celebrity.McConaughey plays his role with ease,and so does Harrelson.Ellen Degeneres is good as the unscrupulous TV producer,while Elizabeth Hurley's brief appearance leaves the audience gasping for more.Quite entertaining and very candidly made.


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