Color Me Kubrick (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Colour Me Kubrick has a fascinating premise, but provides little insight into Kubrick and the man who impersonated him.


Movie Info

In the mid-'90s, an Englishman by the name of Alan Conway (John Malkovich) conned many people into believing that he was the reclusive American director Stanley Kubrick, despite the fact that Conway was openly gay, bore no physical resemblance to Kubrick, and knew little about the director's work. Conway's story has been loosely adapted into the comedic feature Colour Me Kubrick. Anthony Frewin, who worked as Kubrick's personal assistance for many years, wrote the script, and Brian Cook, who … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anthony Frewin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Box Office: $37.2k
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Alan Conway

as Charles

as Mrs. Vitali

as Trolley Lady

as Aristocratic guest

as Alix Rich

as Hex Mortimer

as Club Announcer

as TV Journalist 1

as TV Journalist 2

as TV Journalist 3

as Waldegrave

as Nightgown Man

as Young guy

as Police Duty Sgt.

as PC Metcalf

as Lee Pratt

as Duane

as Dr. Stukeley

as Sean

as DJ in nightclub

as Maitre D'

as Melvyn

as Ned Bridges

as Deepak

as Mordecai

as Police Officer

as Man at Bar

as Butch Roberts

as Frank Rich

as Lord Charles Benson

as Rupert Rodnight

as Lolita

as Mental Patient 1

as Mental Patient 2

as Robert

as Norman

as Steve

as Valerie

as Piers

as Darren

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Color Me Kubrick

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (28)

Malkovich captures not only the nuttiness of Conway, with his smorgasbord of foreign-sounding accents, but also his pathos.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Not only is there nothing there, the nothingness is a complete bore. When a film's highpoint is a soundtrack that relies heavily on other soundtracks, you've got problems.

Full Review… | April 1, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

The irony of Color Me Kubrick is that the visual tricks merely serve as a backdrop for Malkovich's inspired high-wire performance.

Full Review… | April 1, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It literally only has one idea in its head, and when that idea runs dry, it's as lost as Conway is without his plethora of Kubrick masks.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

At best a kitschy Catch Me If You Can and at worst a tedious comedy.

March 31, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's an impressive moving wax museum, certainly, but even metatextual follies eventually need a pulse.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Color Me Kubrick

A True...ish Story.

It's pretty terrible. Kubric been one of the most crazy weird directors of all-time could possibly be insulted rocking on his grave because of this crap of a so called movie. If your fan of John Malkovich see it but just as fan because the plot is just ridiculous.

In London in the 1990s, a balding alcoholic with an unsteady American accent introduces himself in pubs and other social settings as Stanley Kubrick. Drinks and meals are suddenly on the house or paid for by an admiring person, usually a man, whose costumes, band, acting abilities or what have you, Stanley finds fascinating. He's actually Alan Conway (1934-1998): we watch him parlay a self-confident manner and a small amount of movie knowledge into a persona whom others immediately hang their dreams on. In exchange, Stanley asks only that they pay the bill. Will he be exposed? Do prosecution and prison await? Or has the National Health something else in mind?

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

I expected to love this movie. One of my favorite actors, John Malkovich playing a Stanley Kubrick imposter. How can it go wrong? Well, it did. Boring unfunny garbage. Basically the same thing would happen over and over. He would meet a new person, say he was Kubrick and then they would find out he was a conman after being duped for a few days. The only good thing about this movie was the showcase of all Kubricks classic music scores.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Con-man stories always hold some interest for me, even if they fail to truly go into detail about the protagonist or their victims. Color Me Kubrick is more of an interesting idea than a complete story. Alan Conway pretended to be Stanley Kubrick, despite knowing little about his work, or looking anything like him. He deceived people in order to receive free meals/gifts and the popularity. The film shows a number of these cons, which aren't plotted out, he just says he is Stanley Kubrick and people believe him. The film does a good job at showing the naivety of those tricked. Only one man even attempts to catch Conway out. The film may hold some fascination for UK viewers, just to see Jim Davidson in a rather well played role. It does manage to be funny, but often puts the emotional focus where it shouldn't be.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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