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Monday, November 08, 2004

Look, boss, obviously it was the election...

Beautiful quote in a New York Times story found on Drudge about the flop of the movie remake Alfie which took in only $6.5 million over weekend:

Wayne Llewellyn, the president of distribution at Paramount, said that the conservative ethos reflected in last week's election results might have hurt the film.

"It could be the mood of the country right now," he said. "It seems to be the result of the election. Maybe they didn't want to see a guy that slept around."

I haven't seen Alfie, but maybe you just made a stinker, buddy.

I wonder how long studio execs are going to get away with that excuse? Are they going to drag out an election map after every flop? (I hope some independent filmmaker is taking notes because that would make a funny scene in a movie about Hollywood.) Let's see, 55,949,407 people voted for that other guy, what's-his-name (you know who I mean, tall fellow. It'll come to me) x 10 bucks apiece...

Anyway, a film about "a guy that slept around" doesn't sound like much of a date flick. At least Llewellyn didn't blame AIDS or global warming. I suppose that's some type of progress, though I'm not sure what kind.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 8, 2004 in Film | Permalink


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Damian Penny makes the excellent point that Ray Charles slept around too...


Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-11-08 2:31:46 PM

"I haven't seen Alfie, but maybe you just made a stinker, buddy"

Or maybe its just the case that people are getting sick of hollywood remaking films instead of doing something new. I loved the original with Michael Caine so why would i waste ten or so bucks to see a pale imitation by Jude Law?? Same deal with the Get Carter remake stinker put out by Stallone. People are getting fed up with remakes of movies and TV shows but when will the clowns in hollywood like Mr Llewellyn get a flippen clue?

Posted by: Sultanofsham | 2004-11-08 4:09:50 PM

The curious might want to read James Bowman's review of the remake:


Posted by: Kevin Steel | 2004-11-08 10:36:35 PM

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