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The Real Blonde (1997)

Joe and Mary live in Manhattan. She's the breadwinner, working as makeup artist. He's a wannabe actor working as waiter. When a friend gets a soap part ($3600/wk), Joe lowers his standard.

Director:

Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Joe
Catherine Keener ... Mary
Daryl Hannah ... Kelly
Maxwell Caulfield ... Bob
Elizabeth Berkley ... Tina
Marlo Thomas ... Blair
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Sahara (as Bridgette Wilson)
Buck Henry ... Dr. Leuter
Christopher Lloyd ... Ernst
Kathleen Turner ... Dee Dee Taylor
Denis Leary ... Doug
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Wilma
Schecter Lee Schecter Lee ... Chang
John Tormey ... Harassing Man
Wayne Parent Wayne Parent ... Blair's Assistant
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Storyline

Joe and Mary have been living together in Manhattan for six years. Joe is an actor, who has no agent and no thesping credits, but whose ambitions are very high. He works as a waiter at a cafe. Mary works as a make-up stylist for hot fashion photographer Blair, and she pays most of the pair's bills. Joe finally lowers his standards and accepts a degrading bit in a Madonna video, while his friend and co-waiter Bob gets a high-paying job on a soap opera opposite siren Kelly. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

What you see isn't always what you get.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Buck Henry's character's name, Dr. Leuter, means "Dr. Dick" in Dutch. See more »

Goofs

When Bob tells Ernst that he and Joe are not gay, a microphone appears from above. See more »

Quotes

Blair: [photographer arriving on set] Morning, ladies.
[hurrying them up]
Blair: Ten minutes.
Sahara: [model, in front of mirror, being prepped, waving] Morning.
Blair: [to all personnel] Let's go!
Sahara: [to make-up artist] I don't know, Mary, I'm sort of giving up on the whole human race.
Mary: Why, honey, what's the matter?
Sahara: Everybody is so superficial.
Mary: Uh.
Sahara: Yeah, I am sick of it. I am sick of all this superficial bullshit.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

A big wet one to SNIFFY MELONHEAD At D.W.M. Bulldozers See more »

Connections

References Falcon Crest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Inhaller
Performed by Hooverphonic
Written by Alex Callier and Ramond Geerts
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User Reviews

I can't believe some people didn't like this movie!
19 July 1999 | by MovieAlienSee all my reviews

I checked some of the comments below and see there's quite a few people trashing this film. Perhaps those people were the type of audience expecting lots of action scenes and explosions. (Or maybe they're just too young to understand a character-driven plot!) This was a great satire on the Entertainment Industry, and what kept it all together were the characters. Joe Finnegen (Played by Matthew Modine) was not too bright, but there was a good cause in his character which made it sympathetic. The plot may be a little thin but it was more of a series of interwining characters and their everyday occurencies.

Forget the negative reviews about this movie and check it out, there's nothing to dislike about it. Another great gem from Tom DiCillo! (Living in Oblivion)


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Real Blonde See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,488, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$83,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,488
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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