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.
This is a documentary about Troy Duffy, the writer/director of Boondock Saints.
The documentary shows how Duffy was just an ordinary guy who worked at as a bartender and had written a screenplay that had caught the eye of producer Harvey Weinstein. From there, he is given the chance to make it into a movie as well as get his band going big time.
Unfortunately, Duffy becomes a egomaniac and the documentary chronicles his downward spiral from his initial success, leading to the small release for his film and the end of Hollywood and Duffy getting along.
Its fairly good, not too long, and interesting to see this side of a cult guy movie and how it got made to begin with.
Troy Duffy: [about his band's royalties] You deserve it, but you won't get it.
Troy Duffy's a fucking asshole then.
Decent documentary chronicling the downfall of The Boondock Saints director. He deserves the blacklisting from Hollywood...what he doesn't deserve is a sequel out in theaters now. The man should never be allowed near a film set again. Egomaniac prick.