Mistress (1991)



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A pair of filmmakers find themselves in trouble when their three major financiers -- a film mogul, a shady businessman, and a wealthy investor -- each demands that his mistress play the film's female lead. This comedy follows the filmmakers' desperate attempt to juggle these demands and keep the project afloat.
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Robert Wuhl
as Marvin
Eli Wallach
as Lieberhoff
Laurie Metcalf
as Rachel Landisman
Jean Smart
as Patricia Riley
Christopher Walken
as Warren Zell
Michael F. Kelley
as Guard at Gate
Tomas R. Voth
as Stagehand
Mary Mercier
as Shelby's Waitress
Bill Rotko
as Valet
Dimitri Dimitrov
as Maitre d'
Chuck Lowe
as Bernie
Frida S. Aradottir
as Mrs. Evan Wright
Raphaela Rose Primus
as Raphaela Wright
Stefan Gierasch
as Stratland Sr.
Chuck Low
as Benrie
Michael Kelley
as Guard at Gate
Kathleen Johnson
as Party Guest
Leata Galloway
as Mitch's Singing Student
Nina Small
as Mitch's Singing Student
Kate Lang Johnson
as Party Guest
Tim Bagley
as Mitch's Singing Student
Byron Simpson
as Mitch's Singing Student
Debbie James
as Mitch's Singing Student
Dawn Hopper
as Mitch's Singing Student
Deirdre Hade
as Party Goer
Peter Kalos
as Party Goer
Gretchen Becker
as Hamburger Girl
Eileen Wilkinson
as Astrologer
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Critic Reviews for Mistress

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Can't seem to decide if it's supposed to be a comedy about Hollywood small-timers trying to get an indie pic off the ground, or a somber drama in which greed and lust overwhelm art.

Full Review… | May 15, 2008
Top Critic

The gags are too obvious; the conflict between art and money is hackneyed; and the plot goes badly off the rails in the later reels.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Mistress" abounds with sharp comic performances that never stray into caricature or sentimentality.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Seeing Mistress is like getting a bad table at the in Hollywood restaurant. You're eavesdropping on all the dull conversations.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Although it's never worse than watchable, the story barely expands beyond its own boundaries. It starts off appealingly small -- the way the old Albert Brooks movies used to. But it stays small.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Primus brings a scruffy intimacy to "Mistress," which distinguishes it still further from "The Player" with its palmy California setting.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mistress

Kind of stupid and hard to compare to much better "The Player" thou it's obviously something Barry Primus wanted. It's stupid but fun while it lasts.

Matthew James
Matthew James

I appreciate this film more and more.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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