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Bowfinger [DVD] [1999]

Steve Martin , Eddie Murphy , Frank Oz    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Jamie Kennedy
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCNL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Film-makers often remark that it's just so hard to make a bad picture that few would take on the challenge if they weren't so naive. Steve Martin's Bobby Bowfinger is cut from that pattern, one of those sweet, indomitable operators of Hollywood who seem to be descended directly from Ed Wood (of Plan 9 from Outer Space infamy). To resurrect his ramshackle existence, Bowfinger opts to film his accountant's sci-fi spectacular,Chubby Rain, about aliens invading in raindrops. The snag is he needs to attach action megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), an actor so paranoid he counts the occurrences of the letter "k" in scripts to uncover possible Ku Klux Klan influences. When his effort fails, Bowfinger hits on an ingenious scheme to film Ramsey without his knowledge, throwing his actors at the hapless star whenever he appears in public. Only Kit begins to believe he's being hounded by aliens for real, and runs hysterically to his guru (Terence Stamp) at a Scientology-clone group called MindHead, where people walk around in fine suits wearing white pyramids on their heads. Deprived of his star, yet not to be undone, Bowfinger hires a look-alike, Jiff (also Eddie Murphy), to fill in. The tone of the picture is sometimes flat, rather than deadpan, but that's nitpicking. The farce is quick and engrossing, and populated with terrific performances, especially by Eddie Murphy, whose dual role as Kit and Jiff showcases his character-building gift, and by Martin, whose Bowfinger, part con man and part would-be visionary, manages to capture your sympathies. Heather Graham's would-be actress cheerfully sleeps her way to the top like she knows she's supposed to, and Christine Baranski plays her shopworn method actor with myopic self-absorption. --Jim Gay,

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Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) is Hollywood's least successful director. He figures that the only way to boost his flagging reputation is to make a film with megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy). However, the only way to get Kit into the movie is to film him surreptitiously, while actors approach him and say their lines. Bowfinger also stumbles upon Kit's movie buff brother Jeff (Murphy again), whom he convinces to impersonate his befuddled brother. Frank Oz directs from Steve Martin's original script.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant 8 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Not all of Eddie Murphy's post Beverly Hills Cop movies have been much to write home about, but this movie is a definate exception.
Much to my partner's dismay, I found myself laughing uncontrolably whilst on a flight to Portugal, disturbing other passengers - at the slightly un-PC misuse of the enthsiasm and naivety of the lead character's twin brother - in the making of the budget movie which is central to this story.
Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Heather Graham (and in fact all the actors in the key roles) play their parts to perfection in this movie. Look out for highlights such as filming on the freeway, red stiletto's in the car park and starlet bed hopping.
This is one you can watch again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny funny funny 24 Oct 2003
as it says in the title there is only one word to describe this film - FUNNY! Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are amazing, Murphy's character showing just the right amount of emotion and fear at the right moments while Martin just dazzles. Another great plus is Heather Graham and Jamie Kennedy. Both of these, in supporting roles, almost threaten to steal the limelight away from the bigger names. Kennedy's character in particular, as the shy guy who likes to pretened he knows it all is a brilliant stroke of casting genius. The best thing about this film is the way all the cast pull together to make this film as good as it is. If it had been made with just one minor alteration to the credits it wouldn't of worked. As it is, it's an amazingly funny film that you can watch over and over again without ever losing a laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More please Steve... 27 Nov 2006
Bowfinger was made in 1999 and Steve Martin hasn't made a decent film since, which is a shame because he is one of the finest comedy actors out there.

This one is a minor classic, a return to 80's form in fact. Martin plays a 3rd rate movie director desperate to get leading Hollywood star Kit Ramsey in his film. Of course he fails, but decides to shoot the film anyway, filming the star without his permission. Eddie Murphy is very good as Ramsey the movie star and as Ramsey the dumb brother who stands in for his famous brother.

Martin put a lot of time into this film as a writer and it shows, because its very funny in places. Sadly Martin seems to have a problem choosing his projects. We can only hope that the wild and crazy guy will make another film this good at some point in the future.
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A movie producer, desperate to make his movie, hilariously outsmarts a movie star and gets him to star in his movie without his knowledge. We've all been there. How do you make your dreams come true when no one believes in you ? Or in the case of Bobby Bowfinger ( Steve Martin ) how do you make your dreams come true when you are the next Ed Wood ? Bobby's only hope in the city of angels is to attract movie star Kit Ramsey ( Eddie Murphy ), an egocentric, paranoid man, seeking help for his obsessions from his Scientology guru, Terence Stamp. Bowfinger realises his only chance to succeed is to get Kit to star in his movie without his knowledge. Thus begins a hilarious rollercoaster of the ups and downs of trying to achieve your dreams, while eluding the powers in Hollywood we call Scientology, morals and police. To make matters even more hilarious, Bowfinger hires a Kit Ramsey lookalike for the close ups.
Having spent the first half hour brilliantly setting up his characters and their idiosyncrasies, Steve Martin uses his excellent craft as a screenwriter to keep the audiences involved till the very last frame. This could have been a cliched nightmare of a movie, but it works beautifully on all levels. In Roxanne, Martin beautifully captured the essence of romance and loneliness. In L.A. Story, he captured the essence of superficial L.A. In Bowfinger, Steve Martin captures the essence of an underdog in search of his dreams without the orchestral music and dramatic montages. Eddie Murphy gives his only great performance in the last ten years apart from Nutty Professor ( also available from Amazon and a movie I would highly recommend ). Heather Graham, the superbabe from The Spy Who Shagged Me, is cunning as she is funny and Steve Martin shows why every script he writes takes a whole year of rewrites. It's a joy from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It is simply one of the funniest films I have ever seen. I was an early fan of Steve Martin, but not really finding his later films that funny, ditto Murphy. It made me laugh for a week ! Still makes me laugh actually just thinking about it. I've seen it about a dozen times since. This is, for a discerning comic film fan, to my mind, one of the best comic films ever made !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it Together! 18 Jan 2011
Bowfinger is, in my opinion, Steve Martin's greatest comedy role. Based on the brilliant idea of a B or even C movie director who shoots a science-fiction movie using a famous but paranoid superstar (Eddie Murphy)who has no idea what's going on but in his encounters with the other unwitting members of the cast becomes increasing deranged. Great support cast of characters including Heather Graham as the new girl in town sleeping her way up the food-chain. Murphy also plays his own nerdy brother who joins the crew a runner and body double.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTCHA SUCKERS!!!! 24 Sep 2007
Every time I watch this I find new moments to laugh at, it is, without any argument one of Steve Martins best films. His portrayal of Bobbie Bowfinger, an unsuccessful film director desperate to make a hit movie is brilliant. The ingenious methods employed by Bowfinger to con his cast into believing that mega star Kit Ramsey, played by Eddie Murphy, is taking part in the film they are making will leave you in stitches.
I don't want to use spoilers so it is difficult to say more without giving the game away, just go out and get it you will not be sorry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit of fun
Can't help rewatching this film. It's a total send up of Hollywood from script writing to film direction. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rosemary Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
Works as it states. Great stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. K. Millard
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha suckers!!!
When grasping director Bobby Bowfinger finally finds the 'perfect' script, a cheesy sci-fi story called "Chubby Rain", he decides to put everything on the line and give it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowfinger
This is low budget fun with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy doing what they do best: making you laugh. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bryan Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
Brilliant film, well acted by all. Very funny - scene with dog in underground car park had me crying with laughter.
Published 8 months ago by Ms. J. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is my all time favourite comedy. Absolutely hilarious! I've seen it so many times and still laugh when I see it again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Goldilocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a funny funny film
Arrived good time - good quality.
This is such a funny film the acting is really good in it and can honestly say I have not had such a good belly laugh from a film in ages,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is one of the most underestimated comedy films out there and I think was just ahead of its time, it is a movie that keeps making you chuckle when you think of different scenes
Published 14 months ago by Victor Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very funny v v v v v v v v v v v v v v good. dvd lots of laughs
Published 16 months ago by mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowfinger Pictures Presents Chubby Rain!
Bowfinger is the only Steve Martin comedy film made since his classic late 70s and 80s films(The Jerk, Man with Two Brains, Dead men Don't wear Plaid, Three Amigos) that you could... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by j.r
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