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Overnight (2005)

Chris Brinker , Troy Duffy , Mark Brian Smith  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Brinker, Troy Duffy, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Directors: Mark Brian Smith
  • Producers: Jennifer Scherpenborg, John West, Tod Lancaster, Todd Fossey, Tony Montana
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000929VTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Overnight" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Directors' interview on "Backstage with Barry Nolan," CN8
  • Cast and crew bios
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Boston-bred bartender Troy Duffy discovers overnight success when he sells his screen play, The Boondock Saints, to Miramax President Harvey Weinstein. After several months of calls go un-returned, the film is dropped by Miramax and picked up by a smaller company for half its original budget.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a blow-hard June 17, 2005
Troy Duffy was on the fast-track to become a Hollywood legend-while working as a bartender, he sold a screenplay to Miramax head Harvey Weinstein, got permission to direct it, and secured a recording deal for his band. Unfortunately for himself, Duffy was an egotistical control freak who insisted on claiming all the glory and credit for the good things that happened to him and assigning blame for all of the bad. This documentary chronicles his downfall as he disrespects and mistreats nearly everyone he encounters, ultimately losing all of his great opportunities.

When I first heard about this film, I wondered if anyone whose actions don't affect the public really deserves this kind of treatment. I was also leery about the honesty of the filmmakers; after all, you could probably make anybody look bad with selective editing. I still have some reservations, but after having seen the film, it's kind of hard to see how they could have edited it to make him look good. He makes some stunningly unkind statements to people to whom he claims to be loyal and seems to revel in the chance to put others down and force them to acknowledge his "superiority."

This film serves as a cautionary tale about how not to treat people. I imagine that Duffy will see this film someday if he hasn't already. I wonder if being an observer will allow him to see his responsibility for his own downfall, or if he continues to see himself as the genius auteur who was brought down by foolish hangers-on and duplicitous studio people.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Treasure of Obnoxious Bilious April 25, 2006
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The documentary Overnight chronicles the manner in which Troy Duffy, hyped-up screenwriter of The Boondock Saints, behaves like a malignant bully toward his buddies, his agents, and his producers. Duffy sees himself as a working-class hero whose genius was discovered by the right people. But what we see, contrary to Duffy, is an overgrown shrieking infant seething with megalomaniacal tantrums, self-aggrandizing fantasies, and paranoid delusions who, alienating everyone, sees himself as an innocent victim. One is tempted to think that the promise of wealth turned him into such a bilious, obnoxious lout, like those characters turned rotten in The Treasure of Sierra Madre. But at the end of the documentary we are given a deliciously insightful quote from Albert Goldman, which sets the record straight:

"No man is really changed by success. What happens is that success works on the man's personality like a truth drug, bringing him out of the closet and revealing...what was always inside his head."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's the guy who cut you off in traffic August 21, 2005
This documentary is about so much more than a character study of one big jerk. It's also about an unspoken exchange by those so impressed with celebrity that they put up with that jerk's abhorrent behavior. Troy keeps his abusive hold on his cohorts, so long as they perceive that they are also on their way to "the big time". You see a look on their faces resembling hapless puppies ...too intimidated to speak up to Troy Duffy, the incipient Director maverick --that is, until his house of cards completely folds. Then normal human boundaries resume and grievances are tabled. That's the other side of the story. That's the sickness of the whole system.

Within a cultural vacuum of values, a guy like Troy really COULD and usually does go far. His only mistake was that he revealed his ego-maniacal behavior too fast to the power-brokers that "made" him.

Again, Hubris like Troy's is alive and well in Hollywood. His is a familiar personality-type that does set things in motion and gets things done. As much as I hate to say it, it's true. Had his gestation into the entertainment world included a modicum of tact, we'd all be celebrating Mr. Duffy today as some sort of American treasure. His story is much closer to the norm, vs. being an anomaly in terms of type.

Interestingly, even after experiencing a promising directorial career turned to shambles, the mechanisms of denial only enlarge. Troy, brimming with resentment for "the system" (a result of his self-inflicted travails), is invited to speak to a group of university film school students. There he presses his advantage and systematically degrades the aspiring filmmakers in the most predatory question-and-answer session this side of the Jerry Springer Show.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Self-Assassination April 15, 2006
"Overnight" is one of the most hilarious movies you will see in many a moon, but only if you are a devotee of "schadenfreude", that is, the spectacle of a royal jerk getting what he richly deserves. It's amazing how little self-knowledge some people have; apparently novice filmmaker Troy Duffy had no idea how megalomanical and obnoxious he came off to other people. This DVD really does restore your faith that some justice does exist.

There are a couple of mysteries that the film leaves unanswered. One is why Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein dropped Duffy in the first place; another is whether Harvey really did blacklist Duffy's film, "The Boondock Saints". There is an interview with a "Washington Post" reporter who describes Harvey's reactions. Some more interviews with some objective sources, or with Harvey himself, might have added some needed perspective. As it is, "Overnight" is a richly subjective look at the art of self-sabotage. Troy Duffy learned a harsh lesson: you can only act like that in Hollywood after you have made a hit film; not before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappinted !
I read a review of this movie in a book and it really got me excited about seeing it. Nothing wrong with the quality but it just didn't grab me like I thought it would.
Published 5 months ago by David G McFarland
1.0 out of 5 stars I work in the business, and these are the people I hope to avoid.
Within five minutes, you get it that this doc will be an object lesson. Unfortunately, I watched the whole thing and it never progressed beyond that. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James McKinney
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best...
I was REALLY interested as to how exactly this guy shot himself in the foot after writing one of my favorite screenplay's ever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by robert m munroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Boondock Saints Fan?...then this is a must have
OMG.... if you love Boondock Saints this is a must have!!!! I loved the 2 Boondock Saint movies. But the nasty behind the scenes documentary make s the movies even better
Published 10 months ago by T. Rudolph
4.0 out of 5 stars Going For The Whole Hog!
A poor scrapper from Boston writes a script that gets Hollywood excited for about 15 minutes. Apparently the Miramax Weinsteins ruled the movie industry and this blowhard barks... Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery, great film
I saw this documentary a few years ago and purchased it to put with my Boondock Saints 1&2 movies. Definitely a must-have for any diehard Boondock Saints fans. Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by michael mamrak
5.0 out of 5 stars very cold insight into Duffy as a person
this is a must for any TRUE Boondock Saints fan. it is a very detailed documentary on the struggles that came while making Boondock. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by iamTIMOTHY
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY!!!
Published on February 12, 2012 by FLOYD'S POP
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
A very sobering, deeply affecting documentary. Virtually impossible to watch without getting up from your chair every five minutes and yelling at the screen. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Caraculiambro
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Doc
Just Troy Duffy yelling at people for 82 minutes and destroying relationships. Many reviewers here have given it positive reviews due to the material as you see someone bury... Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by D. Foley
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