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Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)

Hollywoods biggest talents explore what is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic.

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Bill Couturié

Writers:

Peter Bart (book), Peter Bart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Pierce Brosnan ... Himself
David Brown ... Himself
Charles Chaplin ... (archive footage)
George Clooney ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Couturié Bill Couturié ... Himself (voice)
Danny DeVito ... Himself
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself
Robert Evans ... Himself
Jodie Foster ... Herself
Morgan Freeman ... Himself
Brian Grazer ... Himself
Peter Guber ... HImself
Daryl Hannah ... Madison / Ayla (archive footage)
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Hollywoods biggest talents explore what is the recipe for blockbuster, flops, and how absolute happenstance and controlled luck can make movie magic.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadie sabe nada (los secretos del cine) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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HBO Films See more »
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Color
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Morgan Freeman: [about "Bonfire of the Vanities"] When an airliner crashes, they say that it's usually caused by a series of mishaps.
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Features Monster (2003) See more »

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Boffo! Very Entertaining for those not in the business but interested in movie-making
24 November 2007 | by trinacarolSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this documentary. I don't believe HBO ever meant for it to be a 'how to guide' for anyone wanting to get into the business. Instead, it is just an interesting look at how the movie making industry works. The studios are often formulaic and pump out movies as if they were on an assembly line just to make big bucks, and this documentary gives examples of how all the planning in the world sometimes bombs while other times weird unplanned series of events can result in making a blockbuster. I found it rather enlightening to know that there is still an element of 'luck' involved sometimes in movie-making. It helps those of us who want to 'escape' when going to the movies instead of just being weighed down by the business end of film-making that can suck all the enjoyment out of the experience. I encourage everyone to watch this, but remember to just sit back, relax, and enjoy yourselves! Definitely don't view this too seriously because it is obvious that even though the people being interviewed sometimes talking about serious issues, they are enjoying themselves as well.


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