- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004RCNL
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bowfinger [DVD] 
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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.
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, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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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.
Well Bowfinger sees a true return to form doing what he does best - simple, silly comedy. Add to this Murphy's smart self-mocking role as the unwitting star of Martin's film and the laughs come thick and fast.
As usual, it's the dog that steals the show with Betsy following in the footsteps (literally, if you watch the film!) of S*ithead in The Jerk.
DVD extras are slightly disappointing - not much added here - but Steve, it's good to have you back!
Gathering together an ambitious young Ohio actress, a melodramatic stage actress and a laid back male hopeful.
Armed with a handful of illegal immigrants for a crew, a tiny budget, and equipment stolen from a nearby studio, Bowfinger lacks just one thing, Hollywood's hottest action star, Kit Ramsey.
Refusing to give up when Kit doesn't take the part, Bowfinger and his crew do whatever it takes to complete the flick - secretly filming Kit without his permission and using his nerdy look-alike brother to fill in for remaining scenes....
Just as it was looking like there was no coming back for the two comedians, Murphy and Martin hit us with this.
It's one of the best satires of the Hollywood machine in years, and precedes the awful Tropic Thunder by nine long years.
There is a lot of fun to be had here. Murphy hasn't been this good since Coming to America, and it's clear that he is having the time of his life. Sadly as of the 29/3/2012, he hasn't done anything noteworthy since.
Martin is back on form as writer and star, but keeps his role very low key compared to the other actors.
Hollywood and Scientology are ripped to shreds, and this could have been a perfect movie, id they had just left out a lot of the visual gags.
It reminds one of Landis comedies from the eighties, and there are some jokes you may miss on the first viewing.
Cruelly overlooked on initial release, this is a movie for film lovers and fans of old school comedy.
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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i bought this a few weeks ago and only played it tonight.the film jumped all the way through.ive deleted my email with this product i feel like the lonely guy.Published 7 months ago by Mr. B. J. Ellis
Underrated and in parts brilliant comedy with such an original concept. Good to see Eddie Murphy (he doesn't look Irish!) sending himself up. Read morePublished 10 months ago by neville stock
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