Hurlyburly (film)

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Hurlyburly FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Anthony Drazan
Produced by Anthony Drazan
Richard N. Gladstein
David S. Hamburger
Written by David Rabe
Starring Sean Penn
Kevin Spacey
Meg Ryan
Robin Wright
Chazz Palminteri
Garry Shandling
Anna Paquin
Music by Steve Lindsey
David Baerwald
Cinematography Gu Changwei
Edited by Dylan Tichenor
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release dates
December 25, 1998
Running time
122 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000
Box office $1,798,862 (US)

Hurlyburly is a 1998 independent film, based on the acclaimed 1984 play of the same name by David Rabe, who adapted it into a screenplay for the film. The title refers to dialogue in Act I, Scene I of Shakespeare's Macbeth:

First Witch: "When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain?"

Second Witch: "When the hurlyburly's done, / When the battle's lost and won."


See also: Hurlyburly

The film is an adaptation of David Rabe's play, directed and produced by Tony Drazan, about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes, whose dysfunctional personal lives are more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios. Rabe wrote the screenplay for the film, condensing the action of the three-hour plus play into two hours and updated the setting from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.



Box office[edit]

The film was described as opening "strong" upon its limited release.[1] Opening in 16 theaters, the film grossed $164,826 in its opening weekend; the widest release the film ever got was in 84 theaters. As of now, the film has grossed a total of $1,798,862.


The film received mixed reception from critics; it has a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Penn's performance won him the Volpi Cup and Drazan was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Penn also was nominated Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.


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