Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz (2004)

This documentary takes a tongue-in-cheek look at iconic failures in movies, television, and the Broadway stage.


Daniel Snyder


Daniel Snyder


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Credited cast:
Allan Arkush ... Himself
Anne Bobby ... Herself
Barbara Bosson ... Herself
Illeana Douglas ... Narrator
Charles Fleming Charles Fleming ... Himself
Richard Friedlander Richard Friedlander ... Himself
Oscar Hernandez Oscar Hernandez ... Himself
Janine LaManna ... Herself
Andrew Licht Andrew Licht ... Himself
Brian Lowry Brian Lowry ... Himself
Luba Mason ... Herself
Cass Morgan Cass Morgan ... Herself
Peter Onorati ... Himself
Michele Pawk Michele Pawk ... Herself
Jim Poniewozik Jim Poniewozik ... Himself


This documentary takes a tongue-in-cheek look at iconic failures in movies, television, and the Broadway stage.

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Horrid documentary style
25 September 2005 | by bezalel99See all my reviews

The use of condescending narration is a huge turn off. Did Daniel Snyder think he could talk down to his audience and expect them to stay tuned?

Although the documentary does contain interesting observations on how and why a film fails in a "blockbuster" nation it lacks any serious insights. You often feel as though it is excusing away the actions that led to the flop. For example "bad press" is used to excuse why Ishtar fumbled at the box office. They spend a lot of time telling how a movie really did make money after world wide distribution so it was a "perceived flop".

Next time drop the patronizing dialog and lay real blame where it belongs. At least pretend you respect your audience's intelligence.

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