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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 22 October 2015 (Denmark)
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The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.

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Chiemi Karasawa
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Credited cast:
Ellen Adler Ellen Adler ... Herself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Bella Botier Bella Botier ... Herself
Rob Bowman ... Himself
Louis Bruno Louis Bruno ... Himself / NYC bass player
Maeve Butler Maeve Butler ... Herself
Carl Cafagna Carl Cafagna ... Himself / Detroit Reeds player
Billy Crystal ... Himself / Emmy nominee
Allen Davison Allen Davison ... Himself
Ellen DeGeneres ... Herself / Emmy nominee
Tina Fey ... Herself
David Gale David Gale ... Himself / NYC trumpet player
John Gale John Gale ... Himself / NYC trumpet player
James Gandolfini ... Himself
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka ... Himself
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Storyline

What does it mean to be a performing artist - first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on 30ROCK, giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges. Written by Isotope Films

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Элейн Стритч: Снимите меня See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,853, 23 February 2014

Gross USA:

$303,100
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1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Elaine Stritch: When the doctor called me and told me he had cancer... I burst into a flood of tears... That's the way I cried when John died. And then I cried no more!... But I said, "I've got to, I gotta, gotta get going and see what I can find now," 'cause I loved being married, and I loved being in love, and I loved all that. So where am I gonna find that again? And I never did. I never did.
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Very well done
23 July 2014 | by TheMarwoodSee all my reviews

This is a wonderfully candid, straightforward doc on the ever fascinating Elaine Stritch, who at 87 can still command your attention. Sharp and witty as ever, this workhorse of a woman was born for the stage. This film is very well put together by first time director Chiemi Karasawa, who never lets a false note into her documentary and keeps this at a lean 81 minutes. Shoot Me is never a puff piece or a shrine to Stritch, it's presents her past, her career and her demons without an ounce of schmaltz and without a heavy hand - in fact, despite a cameraman's voice occasionally, or Karasawa offscreen asking a question, the filmmakers feel invisible, which brings out honesty in the film and their subject.


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