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      The Hollywood Sign

      R 2001 1h 30m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 24% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Three washed-up actors (Tom Berenger, Rod Steiger) pose as detectives in order to swindle a mobster out of $7 million. Read More Read Less

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      Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily A likable comedy about three Hollywood has-beens desperate to engineer a comeback even if it kills them. Berenger, Reynolds and Steiger make a lovable trio. Rated: 3/5 Oct 15, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 24, 2005 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Circuitous and unlikely Rated: 3/5 Sep 8, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member It can be fun, at times, to see the old pros Steiger, Reynolds, and Berenger do their schtick, but the storyline is quite weak. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 3 stars plus a star that about makes it right 4 this 1 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review william s Could this comedy have been better,hell yes but it still a pleasure to watch these fine actors work especially in Steiger's last film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Exercice de style (Mise en abyme) . Sympa Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I admit the main (and perhaps only) reason I wanted to see this movie is the fact it is based on a novel by Dutch author Leon de Winter. I had hoped he had produced a story interesting enough to make a good movie. Unfortunately, the story is interesting enough, but the film isn’t. I like the way De Winter used his obvious interest in movies and Hollywood to come up with an imaginative, kind of postmodern concept. The reason I am willing to go to 2.5 stars is the intricacy of the plot and the fact it becomes impossible in the end to make out which parts were real and which were part of an acted-out film script. Continuing on a positive note, I would like to pay my compliments to the aging actors (Berenger, Steiger and Reynolds) for still doing such a fabulous job and for lending themselves for this unusual production. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that doesn’t make this movie work, but fact is it just doesn’t. I guess it has something to do with the direction and the ill-chosen, cheap background music. I felt some scenes just took way too long and only made the protagonists’ clumsiness all the more annoying. I realize the many illogical elements in the plot are supposed to be part of the peculiar script, but still they manage to irritate the viewer. How could a bunch of clumsy old actors ever successfully impress and intimidate a bunch of criminals, and how could a female scriptwriter who was once friends with one of the actors play a convincing femme fatale accomplice (until, of course, one realizes all this was not real)? And why on earth did the corpse have to be taken home and kept in a freezer? The twist at the end of the movie makes you aware of the fact you’ve been watching something other than you thought, and that this was cleverly invented, but that doesn’t change the fact the movie as such is just not an entertaining view, but a rather lame and dull experience. An opportunity sorely missed, I would call it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The plot is an interesting idea, too bad the filmmakers didn't make better use of a good idea. The cast is fine - good stars. But it is downright boring at times. When you are happy to see the credits, that is probably not a good sign for the film... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Three washed-up actors (Tom Berenger, Rod Steiger) pose as detectives in order to swindle a mobster out of $7 million.
      Director
      Sönke Wortmann
      Producer
      Gerhard Meixner, Angela Roessel, Leon de Winter
      Screenwriter
      Leon de Winter
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 17, 2002
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Surround