An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

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An Alan Smithee Film
Burn Hollywood Burn
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Promotional poster
Directed by Arthur Hiller (as Alan Smithee)
Produced by Ben Myron
Joe Eszterhas (uncredited)
Written by Joe Eszterhas
Starring Eric Idle
Ryan O'Neal
Coolio
Chuck D
Richard Jeni
Music by Chuck D
Joel Diamond
Gary G-Wiz
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by L. James Langlois
Production
  company
Hollywood Pictures
Cinergi Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $52,850[1]

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (the onscreen title is simply Burn Hollywood Burn) is a 1998 comedy film. The film was critically panned, winning five awards (including Worst Picture) at the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards. The film had an estimated budget of $10 million and grossed at least $52,850, as it was only released in 19 theaters.[1]

The film's creation set off a chain of events which would lead the Directors Guild of America to officially discontinue the Alan Smithee credit in 2000. Its plot (about a director attempting to disown a film) eventually described the film's own production; director Arthur Hiller requested that his name be removed after witnessing the final cut of the film by the studio.

Plot[edit]

A director by the name of Alan Smithee has been allowed to direct Trio, a big-budget action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Jackie Chan. The studio recuts the film, and when Smithee sees the results (which he describes as being "worse than Showgirls") he wants to disown the film. However, since his name is also the pseudonym used by Hollywood when someone does not want to have their name attached to a bad film, he steals the film and flees, threatening to destroy the film by burning it.

Cast[edit]

Cameos as themselves

Production[edit]

The film was written (and produced, though he was not credited for it) by Joe Eszterhas, who became the first person to win four Golden Raspberry awards for a single film: Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and both Worst Supporting Actor and Worst New Star for a brief cameo appearance. (Technically, he also received a co-nomination for the Worst Screen Couple award, since Burn Hollywood Burn was nominated for "any two people appearing together onscreen"; however, the movie did not "win" in this category.) The released film credits the Alan Smithee pseudonym as director because Arthur Hiller, the film's real director, objected to the way Eszterhas recut the film, and as a result, had his name removed. (However, in his autobiography, Hollywood Animal, Eszterhas claims that Hiller still sat in the editing room with him to make certain suggestions.) In his entry on Burn Hollywood Burn for his "My Year of Flops" column, pop culture critic Nathan Rabin sarcastically commented that Hiller's decision to use the Alan Smithee credit was "very transparently not a stupid, stupid gimmick to raise interest in a terrible film".[2]

Reception[edit]

Film critic Roger Ebert gave zero stars, his lowest possible rating.[3]

The film currently holds an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "A witless Hollywood satire whose hammy, obvious jokes are neither funny nor insightful of the movie business."[4] Eric Idle himself said in various interviews, that were meant to promote the film, "this is rather dreadful".

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Subject Nominee Subject
Razzie Award Worst Picture Ben Myron Won
Joe Eszterhas Won
Worst Screenplay Won
Worst New Star Won
Worst Supporting Actor Won
Sylvester Stallone Nominated
Worst Actor Ryan O'Neal Nominated
Worst Original Song "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz" Won
Worst Screen Couple Any combination of two people playing themselves Nominated
Worst Director Arthur Hiller as Alan Smithee Nominated

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Awards
Preceded by
The Postman
Razzie Award for Worst Picture
19th Golden Raspberry Awards
Succeeded by
Wild Wild West