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Overnight (2004)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 17

This absorbing but wince-inducing documentary is a cautionary tale about the costs of hubris in the world of indie film.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 8

This absorbing but wince-inducing documentary is a cautionary tale about the costs of hubris in the world of indie film.



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The megalomaniacal rise and fall of filmmaker Troy Duffy is chronicled by one-time friends and colleagues in director Mark Smith's documentary. The film takes its title from the "overnight success" that befell Duffy in 1996, when the then-bartender was signed by Miramax president Harvey Weinstein to direct his killers-on-a-mission-from-God script The Boondock Saints. Smith's cameras follow Duffy from pre-production -- when he battled with executives over casting and financing decisions -- on

May 10, 2005

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Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith's acidic, vitriolic takedown of Duffy boasts the abrasive intensity of a migraine headache and the depth and scope of a bona fide American tragedy.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A portrait of Hollywood hubris extraordinaire.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[An] unflinching depiction of a would-be Tarantino turning himself into chopped liver.

August 14, 2007
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A compulsive, cautionary tale about a man whose self-trumpeted 'deep cesspool of creativity' seems destined to remain undredged.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The story of the neither late nor great Troy Duffy would make the perfect film-school graduation gift.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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In their rush to give Duffy his comeuppance, the filmmakers barrel past their movie's real potential, which could have been a blistering exposť of Hollywood's bandwagon mentality.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Duffy's story is a potentially notable one, but this documentary's amateur production values and the man's grating personality make it not-so-enjoyable watching.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

For Duffy, watching this film must be like seeing a scab peeled off

December 17, 2006 Full Review

The "next Quentin Tarantino" crashes and burns

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

The two directors take so much abuse from Duffy throughout the film that you can't help but feel that Overnight is their long-overdue revenge.

July 9, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A disturbing, sad and blisteringly funny cautionary tale, I reckon this is the documentary of the year.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Enjoyable because you get to see a huge ego and shameless publicist get his comeuppence.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...plays out like an 82-minute attack on [Troy Duffy] by a couple of exceedingly bitter ex-colleagues.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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funny and mean

July 1, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Overnight is horrifying and fascinating... It should be required viewing in film schools and a cautionary tale for anyone aspiring to work in Hollywood.

June 28, 2005

Troy Duffy might have truly deserved the Hollywood Blacklisting, but it's tough to live down an indictment as thorough as Overnight.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Strikingly cautionary for anyone who thinks they're entitled to fame and fortune.

June 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

For whatever reasons -- rights issues, personal promises, fear of legal retaliation -- we only catch glimpses of some of the more important moments in this story.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

The film's personal point of view does effectively put you in the shoes of the little guy in the Hollywood machine, sitting by the phone, bewildered.

February 17, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A quintessential cautionary tale, the documentary Overnight also happens to be funnier than just about every comedy released last year.

January 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Overnight

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The documentary is better than boondocks saints. Its a story of friends, trust, and money. Fantastic!
February 4, 2012
paul o.
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"There's More Than One Way To Shoot Yourself"

A documentary on the rise and stumble of Troy Duffy, the bartender-cum-filmmaker who was swept up by Miramax's Harvey Weinstein to turn his script for The Boondock Saints into a feature film.

Overnight follows Hollywood urban legend Troy Duffy, a guy who went from bartender to the "next big thing" in the late 90s literally overnight with a prospective deal with Miramax for his cult script The Boondock Saints. Duffy was a member of a creative group who called themselves The Syndicate and two of the members were lucky (and smart) enough to document this period. They thought they were making a documentary about a unheard of rise to fame but instead chronicled the deranged dealings of an egomaniac unleashed. Some of the scenes in this movie are so cringe inducing (like nearly every frame Duffy is in). How a guy who has absolutely nothing to show for it can ramble on and on about how he is the impetus for all things positive happening and not to blame for anything negative is beyond me. How anyone listened to him after a series of self induced setbacks is even stranger. As the film progresses, the viewer is basically treated to a visual display of career suicide. Filmmakers Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith are interviewed on the disc and asked why no one ever took Duffy aside and told him he was ruining his big break. They answer that about midway through their experience that they decided the only thing salvageable from this destructive situation would be this documentary. They were right and this is an amazingly candid peak into the world of show business.
December 5, 2011
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Overnight is a cautionary tale about the harsh reality of the film. It's also given extra theatrical strength due to the main character being one of almost complete fantasy. Duffy is the key element to his own demise. He's too sure of himself and has an attitude that only a mother could love. Trying to launch a film AND music career, one has to admire Duffy's drive, but not the fact he is almost unlikable. An underdog story that has you on the side of the huge money grabbing corporations just has to be watched. It's a great companion to The Boondok Saints. Saints was a great film, and ten years later, Duffy now has his sequel. Let's hope for a sequel to Overnight as well.
November 6, 2009

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