Hollywood beckons for recent film school grad Nick Chapman, who is out to capitalize on the momentum from his national award-winning student film. Studio executive Allen Habel seduces Nick with a dream deal to make his first feature, but once production gets rolling, corporate reality begins to intervene: Nick is unable to control a series of compromises to his high-minded vision, and it's all he can do to maintain his integrity in the midst of filmmaking chaos.

  1. Christopher Guest

    Director, Screenplay, Story

  2. Michael Varhol

    Screenplay, Story

  3. Michael McKean


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kevin Bacon

    Kevin Bacon

    Nick Chapman

  2. Emily Longstreth

    Emily Longstreth

    Susan Rawlings

  3. J.T. Walsh

    J.T. Walsh

    Allen Habel

  4. Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Lydia Johnson

  5. Michael McKean

    Michael McKean

    Emmet Sumner

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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 15, 1989


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget $5,000,000.00

Revenue $117,463.00

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