Video Release: June 5, 2007
Theatrical Release: 1994
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Alliance Home Video
- Mono, Mono
- Closed Captioned
- Colour, Color
- Runtime: 95 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Released in English
David Shayne is an idealistic young playwright, whose life (and play) is about to be turned upside down as it heads towards Broadway.
In order to gain financing for his play "God of Our Fathers," Shayne agrees to hire Olive Neal, the actress/girlfriend of Nick Valenti, a potential backer -- who also happens to be a gangster. Unfortunately, the lass not only proves to be talent-free, but ditzy to boot, a hindrance since she is supposed to play a psychiatrist. But Cheech, Olive's hoodlum bodyguard, proves to be more intuitive artistically than anyone would suspect, as his contributions not only improve Olive's performance, but the quality of the flailing play as well...
Meanwhile, Shayne must contend with an odd assortment of actors, such as the neurotic Eden Brent, with her omnipresent, yapping dog, and the pompous Warner Purcell, a corset-wearing overeater. Finally there's haughty leading lady Helen Sinclair, the aging, boozing diva with whom Shayne begins a romance.
An aspiring playwright is given the opportunity of a lifetime when a producer taps him to direct his play on Broadway in this 1920's-set farce. Unfortunately, he's forced to cast a gangster's girlfriend, his legendary leading lady won't leave him or the bottle alone, and a thick-necked bodyguard becomes obsessed with saving the show by rewriting it. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Director. Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress--Dianne Wiest.
Scheduled for theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles October 14, 1994.
Copyright Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
Rated BBFC 15 but the British Board of Film Classification.
Filmed in DuArt color.
Co-produced in the USA by Magnolia.