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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.
- Deleted scenes
- Directors' interview on "Backstage with Barry Nolan," CN8
- Cast and crew bios
- Theatrical trailer
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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.
"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."
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. The result could be comedic, except that you see each innocent soul being laid open like raw meat, as Troy gladly applies the salt. This spectacle includes shots of the bow-tie-wearing, shrinking and silent professor. Once again, all is tolerated because Troy's "been to Hollywood" and that's what's honored.
There's a lot to recommend here as an instructive example of the seedy edge of Filmland's deal-making (and breaking), as well as operant illustrations of sycophantic behavior. It's a cautionary tale.. An old cliche is given new life: Be careful of what you want.
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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