- Actors: Troy Duffy, Jeffrey Baxter, Chris Brinker, Jake Busey, Emmanuelle Béart
- Directors: Mark Brian Smith, Tony Montana
- Writers: Mark Brian Smith, Tony Montana
- Producers: Mark Brian Smith, Jennifer Scherpenborg, John Timpone, John West
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Image Entertainment
- VHS Release Date: June 28, 2005
- Run Time: 82 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000929VTK
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.Read more ›
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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Man I love this Doc. a nobody that writes a movie script that suddenly becomes the it guy in Hollywood and arrogance and ego gets in his way of becoming possibly a big time player... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kevin
I hope Troy Duffy has watched this Documentary and learned from it. OK, so call me Pollyanna.
Working as a barman and member of a rock band, The Brood, Troy Duffy writes... Read more
Witty and unpredictable, The Overnight benefits from writer-director Patrick Brice's sure-handed touch and strong performances from a talented cast. Starring Chris Brinker.Published 13 months ago by ARZFAN
Obviously, this is a great companion documentary for Boondock Saints fans, but it's an even better documentary for Boondock Saints haters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tim Lieder
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 on May 25, 2014 by David G McFarland
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 morePublished on May 21, 2014 by James McKinney
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 morePublished on April 23, 2014 by robert m munroe
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 betterPublished on December 6, 2013 by T. Rudolph