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  • Actors: Woody Allen, George Hamilton, Téa Leoni, Douglas McGrath, Debra Messing
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL81
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hollywood Ending" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Hollywood Ending is an American film from 2002 written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays the principal character. It tells the story of a once-famous film director who suffers hysterical blindness due to the intense pressure of directing.

Customer Reviews

This IS a Woody Allen film, after all.
Roland E. Zwick
Although I love Tea Leoni, she's really far too young to play sixty-ish Allen's ex.
Virgil
As his movies go, this is a bit too long, meaning not funny enough.
Benjamin Whang

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "shankar_k" on May 1, 2002
What a relief to finally see an intelligent comedy without any gross scenes! Of late, comedies have been more and more gross, thanks mainly to the sickening trend set by movies like 'There is something about Mary'. Woody Allen deserves credit for giving us 'Hollywood ending', a film that has some very funny moments.
Woody Allen plays a washed-out film director, whose wife (played by Tea Leoni) has left him for a film producer (Treat Williams). Then this script comes into the hands of Treat Williams and his film company ('Galaxie films') and Tea Leoni thinks that Allen will be the best choice to direct it. She convinces Williams and his friends and then the laugh riot starts! Allen meets his ex-wife and the decision makers of Galaxie films and seals the deal (with some very funny scenes!). Come the first day of shooting and Woody Allen becomes blind (psychosomatic blindness). The rest of the story revolves around how he (with Tea Leoni's help) keeps his blindness a secret from everyone else and manages to direct the film.
Woody Allen is very very funny and steals many a scene, with the best one being the one in which he meets Tea Leoni at a restaurant after he lands the directing job. Leoni supports him very well and Debra Messing ('Will and Grace') plays Allen's new (and not so bright) girlfriend. All the supporting actors are good, with the Chinese cameraman and his translator being the pick of the lot.
Needless to say, the film directed by the blind Woody Allen gets horrible reviews initially, but then there is a twist in the climax that justifies the title - 'Hollywood ending'. The funny moments keep the film up and running and in the end, this is surely worth watching at least once.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Muldoon on August 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I like Woody, I like this film, and I like his love of film. Mr Allen's love of human beings, his compassion and understanding of our foibles, vanities, and his own foibles and vanities, shine through this fine film. I also like his truth - in some ways he his almost anti-Hollywood in the sense that he does not try to cover up his physical deterioration, as if to say " Well, he I am and here you are, and are we going to make the journey with a joke or a whine?" To me, despite the jokes in the film about his character and being a great artist, I think he is one of America's great film makers, and a great humanitarian, with a deep understanding of his art, comedy and us. This is a good example of his work and worth owning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. murphy on August 21, 2004
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i was somewhat surprised by hollywood ending. it received so many bad reviews from critics that i went in not expecting much. but hollywood ending is easily one of woody's best film's in years, probably his best film since deconstructing harry.

many of woody's films are autobigraphical, and there's no question that woody is venting his frustrations at the movie industry and the american public when the #1 movie in america is alien vs. predator, and woody allen's movies barely break even in america. but he is still big in france, which he seems grateful for.

it's true that hollywood ending may not be hannah and her sisters or annie hall, but it's woody allen, and it's better than most of the crap out there today. thank fod for woody allen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on August 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Like most of his films of late, Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending" was panned by the critics, but it's actually fairly amusing. One of Allen's self-described "trifles," it casts the Woodman as a down on his luck director whose ex-wife persuades studio boss Treat Williams to give him one last shot at directing a major film. On the eve of production, he goes blind, a psychosomatic response to the way the plot parallels his personal life.

It's popular to suggest that since hitting 60, Allen's comic timing is off, but I laughed frequently as the blind director fumbled his way across the film set and engaged in conversation while facing an empty seat on the sofa rather than the person he's addressing. The movie within the movie turns out to be a disaster, of course, but it's hailed by the French critics. The ending mirrors Allen's own career these days. Once the fair-haired boy of American critics, Allen must now go abroad to find a receptive audience.

Brian W. Fairbanks
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Only Reviewer That Matters on October 11, 2002
Format: DVD
Don't pay attention to the misguided critics of this delightful film. Woody's latest is very amusing, with several priceless scenes that rank among Allen's funniest. Sure, it's not the deepest or most thought-provoking film ever, but it's not meant to be. It is meant to be light, diverting entertainment and on that account it succeeds marvelously.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Post Scriptum on October 1, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The recent critical backlash against Woody Allen is predictable but absolutely shameful. Look at many of the other comedies around, look at the shockingly poor standard of their scripts, and then savour the beautiful lines and exchanges in Allen's latest effort. Without resorting to placing 30 year old actors back in college, or relying on cheap gross-out gags involving animals, invalids, bare breasts or bodily fluids, he has written, once again, a smart, witty and enduring popular movie. Those critics who should know better will doubtless continue to chastise him for growing older, and retaining a distinctive style, and not selling out to some dubious money-spinning fashion, and then in a decade or so they will of course generously rediscover and "re-evaluate" these works in a more mature and positive fashion. Everyone else, however - the grown-ups - can simply watch this and other Allen movies now, and celebrate the man's talent, invention, intelligence and remarkable consistency.
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