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Mistress

1992

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3.1 out of 5 stars (34) IMDb 5.4/10

Robert Wuhl is an honest director with the perfect script, but no way to get his movie made. Martin Landau introduces him to three producers who would love to finance him, but there's one catch -- each wants his girlfriend to be the star!

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Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Barry Primus
Starring Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau
Supporting actors Vasek Simek, Thomas R. Voth, Jace Alexander, Mary Mercier, Tuesday Knight, Eli Wallach, Danny Aiello, Jean Smart, Robert De Niro, William Rotko, Dimitri Dimitrov, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chuck Low, Ernest Borgnine, Laurie Metcalf, Fríða Aradóttir, Raphaela Rose Primus, Christopher Walken
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: DVD
Do not miss this picture! This is the film that blows away all the other "movie industry" comedies of the last few years. If you liked "Swimming with Sharks" or "The Player," you will love "Mistress." Eli Wallach should be on the cover of this DVD along with Wuhl, Landau, De Niro, and Aiello. You couldn't ask for a more perfect cast, and I don't know how Barry Primus brought them all together. The only down side to this DVD release seems to be the 1.33:1 "full screen" image format. I wish they had released this in the theatrical aspect ratio, since I've been wondering what I've missed by seeing only the VHS release. This is a brilliant and subtle comedy for movie fans everywhere.
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Robert DeNiro and Martin Landau along with Eli Wallach held this ensemble movie together. It would have been better if The guy from the original Batman movie wasn't the lead actor. The women should have been more strikingly beautiful than they were, in order for the viewer to believe they were gorgeous enough to be girlfriends of high-powered businessmen willing to put up millions to get them into films. They were the most unbelievable part of the whole movie, and their acting seemed like it was amateur night at the local high school. Danny Aiello is one of my favorites, but he was only mediocre in this, at best. His character had no bite, and wasted Aiello's abilities.
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Having a minor fan-crush on the actress Laurie Metcalf, I scanned Amazon for some projects which may have eluded my entertainment radar. "Mistress" turned up.

Noticing all the big names, I expected something of an "all-star" cast deal: a great Friday night date flick which brings a few laughs and a look at the watch (and a yawn).

Within about ten minutes I could see - on this DVD - that something cool was heating up and I got engaged. The story is nothing new, about a last chance for a talented writer and his old, depressing script (which nonetheless) is very credible and provides a catharsis of sorts.

Another last chancer is the once respected movie Producer, Martin Landau, who sees a success (but is unwilling, or unable, to adjust to the new movie industry - his attire - and his 'stache are as outdated as his approach).

He connects with seasoned "money men" (DeNiro, Wallach, Aiello) who got what it takes. Each one also has a decadent association with a wild "mistress" (who also has a chance, like the writer, to rescue a "career").

Brilliant behind the scenes negotiations in all the right restaurants, the dialogue flows smoothly; the screenplay is a gem (though I found alot of superfulous soap-opera in the winding down.

Another Amazon reviewer mentioned Metcalf's performance and it is a wonder. A truly great actress, who to my knowledge, never sustained in great post-Roseanne projects. Her range is astounding.

DeNiro's "power lunch" with his potential partners, to me, is one of the best scenes he's ever done. Ever bit as memorable as his best work in Goodfellas or Casino. Although, following that terrific bit...he is rarely seen and seems less involved.
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If you want an insider's perpsective on the movie biz, two films that were released in 1992 give a view of the top and the bottom of the Hollywood food chain. "The Player" is a delightful black comedy about the top rung, the major studio insider who has the power to say "yes" just twelve times a year and green-light a big-budget movie (trouble ensues when he murders a particularly troublesome screenwriter). The opposite end of the food chain is lampooned in "Mistress," where we get an insider's view of trying to get an independent film financed. Filmmaking is the most expensive of hobbies, and compromises must be made. Two writers and a washed-up producer get three businessmen on the hook as possible backers, but each has a mistress, who needs a part... It's a delightful exploration of how far can one compromise artistic integrity just to get a story in front of the cameras. Martin Landau is a delight as the has-been producer, and Robert Wuhl is wonderful as the bemused screenwriter whose vision is rewritten into exploitative shlock. Both funny and sad, these are men who have sacrificed everything that matters in pursuit of the Hollywood dream.
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Otherwise, don't buy it...it's very unpleasant consistently throughout with forgettable score and performances by all concerned except
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Beverly, who is a revelation, and, Jean Smart as Patricia, who is touching and wonderful. Aiello is a personality...not an actor! I like Wuhl, even though he is monotonal, monoexpressional and monotonous!
I'd pay 5 bucks, max.
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Martin Landau makes you smile all through this goofy movie as the beleaguered movie Producer trying to keep a madcap group of misfits together in this campy comedy. It's kind of dated nowadays.. and the building of shots and the scenes seem slow compared to the frenetic pace of today. But if you like a little throwback fun about a saucy subject from yesteryear, you'll enjoy having this Mistress
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