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Cecil B. Demented (2000)

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An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Honey Whitlock
Stephen Dorff ... Cecil B. Demented
Alicia Witt ... Cherish
Adrian Grenier ... Lyle
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Lewis (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Raven
Jack Noseworthy ... Rodney
Mink Stole ... Mrs. Sylvia Mallory
Ricki Lake ... Libby
Patricia Hearst ... Fidget's Mom
Michael Shannon ... Petie (as Mike Shannon)
Kevin Nealon ... Kevin
Eric Barry ... Fidget (as Eric M. Barry)
Zenzele Uzoma Zenzele Uzoma ... Chardonnay
Erika Auchterlonie ... Pam (as Erika Lynn Rupli)
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Storyline

In front of the cameras and in public, famed Hollywood actress Honey Whitlock, a product of the studio system, is as sweet as her name. Behind the scenes, she is demanding and controlling, making life a nightmare for anyone who has to deal with her, especially her browbeaten assistant, Libby. She and her entourage are in Baltimore - what is emerging as the Hollywood of the east - for the premiere of her latest movie. The premiere gets hijacked by a group of guerrilla independent filmmakers, led by director Cecil B. DeMented, in wanting to make a statement against the Hollywood studio system and the bad movies they produce. Cecil and his band kidnap Honey in the process. What their goal is, with no money per se, to make their own movie starring Honey as a statement against the Hollywood studios. Their general process is to have the scripted elements of the movie, such as Honey's dialogue, being set against "real life" in they overtaking several of the Hollywood movie studio events in ... Written by Huggo

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Long live guerilla film making! See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The role that Kevin Nealon played was written for Michael J. Fox, who's named in the script. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene with the Baltimore PD, the left front tire of the police cruiser is shot causing it to go flat and the cruiser to crash into a movie theater box office. As the cruiser slams into the box office, the tire has miraculously been re-inflated. See more »

Quotes

Candy counter girl: Do you know Quentin Tarantino? I love his movies!
Cecil: No adlibbing!
[fires gun]
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Crazy Credits

The credits thank "Fred and Ginger" both insinuating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the dance duo, and "Fred e Ginger" a movie by Federico Fellini, paying homage to the duo. See more »

Alternate Versions

There was a quick shot in earlier prints of the movie theater showing the director's cut of "Patch Adams", where we see the sign advertising the director's cut. This shot can still be seen on the intro to the DVD menu, and in one of the trailers. See more »

Connections

References The Peace Killers (1971) See more »

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Seduction
Written and Produced by Carvin Knowles
Performed by The Sex-o-Rama Band
Courtesy of Oglio Records
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Waters' return to form
24 June 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

While I've enjoyed John Waters recent output, movies like Pecker and Serial Mom have played it a little to safe for my liking. It's great to think of middle-America watching any kind of Waters movie rather than pap like Pearl Harbor and The Mummy Returns, but these movies only give half the picture. While Cecil B. Demented isn't pure unadulterated Waters like Pink Flamingos, it is his best movie since Cry Baby, and a complete HOOT. Man, the sheer energy and humour of this movie, and the basic message of its love for REAL cinema, really pushed my buttons and left me grinning from ear to ear, and UP for a week afterwards! Hopefully someone out there is listening, 'gets it', and will check out some earlier Waters, and some of the work of Sprockets heroes, and their lives will be enriched forever.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. Demented See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,141, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$1,284,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,961,544
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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