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Hollywood North (2004)

Matthew Modine , Saul Rubinek , Peter O'Brian  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, Saul Rubinek, Alan Bates, Joe Cobden, Deborah Kara Unger
  • Directors: Peter O'Brian
  • Writers: Barry Healey, John Hunter, Tony Johnston
  • Producers: Aniz Manji, Jeffery Kirsh, John Gillespie, Mark Thomas
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000JAUZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hollywood North" on IMDb

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Bobby is the golden boy and everything in life has gone his way. Bored and looking for a challenge, he buys the film rights to "Lantern Moon," a classic and touching Canadian novel. Bobby, once again, is seeing gold. That’s before Hollywood gets its hands on it. Through a riotous turn of events which sees an aging and manipulative actor’s plunge into paranoid insanity, a novelist seeking damages for watching her life’s work ruined, Bobby losing control of his ideal vision, and an on-hand documentary crew catching the debacle on film, "Lantern Moon" becomes "Flight to Bogota," and Bobby’s dream spirals out of control.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SLY SATIRE August 25, 2004
HOLLYWOOD NORTH looked hilarious on the trailer I saw; the whole movie however is not what I expected. It's humor lies in the satirical look at how Hollywood can mess up a movie. Matthew Modine plays quite well the producer, Bobby, who gets the rights to a huge Canadian bestseller called "Lantern Moon." However, he is told by the investors and his executive producer (Alan Thicke) that they want a Hollywood star in the lead. This leads Modine to sign the egocentric, near lunatic Michael Baytes (played to perfection by Alan Bates). Bates is wrapped up in the Iranian hostage situation (movie is set in 1979) and he becomes convinced that the Iranians are plotting against him as well. He demands a rewrite, which ultimately has nothing to do with the original "Lantern Moon." The title is changed to "Flight to Bogota" and the story centers on an American Ambassador struggling for freedom in the Colombia.

There are many other subplots going on here: Jennifer Tilly is marvelous as the nymphomaniac leading lady; John Neville is the washed up director; Deborah Kara Unger is the documentary lady who is using Modine's money to finance her own movie, without his knowledge.

Eventually the movie loses its satirical focus and morphs into an attempted slapstick ending.

It has some good moments, but doesn't reach the level of excellence it should have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a worthy and entertaining film May 12, 2004
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I disagree with the previous reviewer of this film. I would concede that Hollywood North is certainly a little jumbled in places, and certainly could have been simplified (ie. elements such as a documentary film of the making of a film which itself is the focus of the story). One element alone justifies the rating I have given it - the performance of Alan Bates as the ageing, rancorous, bigoted, paranoid, coke-snorting Hollywood star Michael Baytes. It is a brilliant portrayal, despite the limitations imposed by the script. Essentially, Hollywood North is about the results that occur when two first-time producers attempt to make a film from a classic Canadian novel in the late 1970s. In addition to Michael Baytes and his rewrites that turn the gentle story into a one-dimensional, John Wayne-style action film, these naive producers have to contend with an over the hill director (John Neville), a nymphomaniacal lead actress (Jennifer Tilly), and various other problems. It is certainly not a perfect film, but it maintains an agreeably light/comic touch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Canadian OK January 25, 2010
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This was mildly interesting as it tried to show Canadian film makers trying to deal with "real Stars" from Hollywood. I guess maybe if you are in the business this satire might work better but it fell a little short for me. Jennifer Tilly is the best of this movie but she's in so many better ones I'd skip this. Edie & Pen is a better comedy. "Shadow of the Wolf" & "Bound", are far better shows that she stars in even though they are of a completely different type.
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