Burning Down the House NR

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Jake Seiling (Savage) has a vision he wants to bring to the big screen. The problem is he doesn't have the money to pull it off. Despite being Hollywood's erstwhile wunderkind director, his claim to fame is a drunken punch he landed squarely on the nose of the biggest studio exec in town. Enters Arnie Green (Wilder), a notorious B-Movie con man/producer with a veneer of what today might pass as charm. Together they concoct a plan- to burn down Jake's house and collect the insurance money for financing the film. Only Jake's ex, fallen movie star Brenda Goodman (Baron), catches the whole scam on Polaroid. Now they really have problems unless they include her in the movie, bribe the insurance investigator who is, what else, an actor and whoever else wants a piece of the action. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE; an unflinching, out-of-control black comedy in the flavor of "The Player" and "Mistress."

Starring:
John Savage, James Wilder
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Philippe Mora
Starring John Savage, James Wilder
Supporting actors Joanne Baron, Ceasar Cavaricci, William Atherton, Mick Fleetwood, C. Thomas Howell, Rene Auberjonois, David Keith, Arye Gross, John Ales, Orson Bean, Luca Bercovici, China Kantner, Darnell Dalton, Kristen Dalton, James Faulkner, Leslie Danon, Tracy Zahoryin, Cassidy Phillips
Studio New Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2003
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It's always a pleasure to watch John Savage and this movie is no exception. He plays a Hollywood director who's desperate to rekindle his career. So desperate that he would do almost anything, including destroying the only thing he has left: his home. Unfortunately for him, more and more people get wind of his deed and now everybody wants a piece of the action.
Unfortunately the DVD does not have a lot of extras. Only two: a picture gallery and the electronic press kit. Although John Savage has not been interviewed for the press kit, it's well worth watching for the comments of the other actors and the director. The picture quality of the DVD was not very good, but I might just have gotten a flawed copy.
Burning Down the House is a low budget independent movie and will not be to everybody's taste, but if you like black off-the-wall comedies go for it. ;-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "info16142" on May 30, 2003
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Anything with the great John Savage catches my eye. Here he plays an out of work film director who ends up desperately burning down his home to finance his next project. Film has some very funny moments wrapped around the desperation of the characters. Arye Gross is also particularly funny (and a cameo by Mick Fleetwood). I would describe the film as a low budget version of "The Player". Not perfect but worth a look.
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