Burning Down the House (2001)

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A would-be movie mogul has to decide just how low he's willing to sink to get his next picture made in this black comedy about life in Hollywood. Jake Seiling (John Savage) is a filmmaker who wants to adapt a recent novel by author Arthur Kranson (William Atherton) for the screen, convinced it has major box-office potential. However, the book in question has already been optioned by veteran filmmaker Sy (Orson Bean). When Sy dies unexpectedly, Jake is convinced that his chance has arrived, and he's able to persuade a French producer (René Auberjonois) to put up seed money for the project. It doesn't take long, though, for Jake to go through the producer's initial stake, and as he struggles to raise more money to put the film before the cameras, Jake's business partner Arnie (James Wilder) comes up with what he's certain is the perfect plan -- burn down Jake's house, and use the insurance money to finance the movie. Based on the play +High Tension in the Tropics by Michael Cole Dinelli, Burning Down the House was shot in 1998, but went unreleased until 2004.
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Vanguard

Cast

John Savage
as Jake Seiling
James Wilder
as Arnie Green
Joanne Baron
as Brenda Goodman
William Atherton
as Arthur Kranston
Mick Fleetwood
as Bartender
C. Thomas Howell
as Concierge
Arye Gross
as Bob Washington
John Ales
as Francois
Luca Bercovici
as Repo Man
China Kantner
as Casting Office Assistant
Darnell Dalton
as Man at Bar
Kristen Dalton
as Woman at Bar
James Faulkner
as Hal Lander
Cassidy Phillips
as Matre D'
James Cappe
as Man at Restaurant
Tracy E. Wilson
as Party Girl
Reginald H. Hooks Sr.
as Man at Party
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you might check it if for no other reason than to watch the buxom Baron incessantly fondle herself.

March 29, 2003
Filmcritic.com

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