Hollywood Ending

Synopsis: Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

You know who would be perfect

to direct this...

...not that I relishthe idea of

working with him, but my ex-husband.


He's perfect for this material.

She's right. It's his kind of story.

I love Val, but with all due respect,

he's araving, incompetent psychotic.

He's not incompetent.

They should lock him up andthrow away

the key. Don't take that the wrong way.

We'll wind up $20 million over budget

and no picture to boot.

I did apicture with him at Firestone.

He never fini... had anervous breakdown.

He was under alot of stress.

We'd just broken up.

Honey, he was fired off apicture here

at Galaxie before I took over.

They said his demands

were outrageous.

The light hadto be perfect.

The sun hadto be just right.

He demandedthey replace

the leading lady.

He wantedto reshoot dailies,

fire the cameraman.

He got shingles. They shut downthe

picture and found another director.

You don't have to tell me.

I was marriedto himthen.

But that was 10 years ago.

His best pictures were 10 years ago.

Then he became an artiste.

I amthe last personto defendthat

craziness, because it drove me nuts.

But Val cares about movies.

He was bornto do this material.

Ellie, we're talking about shingles,

headaches. Why open a can of worms?

He's mellowed, I'mtelling you.

Who better to direct this?

New York's in his marrow.

Just let me say this: Ruth.

- Yes, Ruth.

- No way.

He's great! I know we could get him.

He'd be safe.

We can put our foot on his neck.

Martin Ruth!

Val hasn't worked in years.

We could make a good deal.

Then watch him like ahawk.

We're goingto lose alot

more with Val!

I agree with Ellie. I think he's

the ideal director for this project.

But we won't use him,

because who needstrouble?

And why would he work with us,

given allthe personal baggage?

I'mtold he's in no position

to be fussy.

I can't stand it here!

What the hell am I doing in Canada?

Lori, they got moose up here!

Are moose carnivorous?

How can you be homesick? You got there

yesterday. You come home tomorrow.

Val! We're goodto go, Val!

Waiting on you!

Did my agent call?

Any word onthat TV movie?

The interracial abortion


The TV movie decided

to go with Peter Bogdanovich.

Oh, that's great!

That's just great!

You know, I love Peter.

Peter's abeautiful guy.

God bless him. Oh, God.

The client wants overhead coverage

of the spray cans.

One minute! This is humiliating! I'm up

here shooting a deodorant commercial.

I got two Oscars! Up here you don't need

Oscars, you need antlers!

Here's a funny script

about two fraternity kids...

...who invent amachine to turn women

back into virgins. It's very clever.

What'sthe matter?

When you asked me to come out here...

...you promised me I wouldn't just be

one of those bright women who...

...finds properties, goesto lunch 500

times developingthem,

then never gets one made.

Honey, "The City That Never Sleeps"

is greenlit. That's been your project.

Until I suggest the director.


...though you admit he's perfect,

I get shot down.

You weren't shot down.

It's arisky choice,

but an inspired one.

I think you want to help him

because you feel guilty.

Guilty? Why? Because I fell

in love with you?

I put in enough years

inthat marriage...

Right. You did nothing wrong.

I know, and I brought up

his name because...

...he would give youthe best movie

for that script.

He's probably too angry

to speakto you.

And he could ruinthe picture

to get even with me...

No, you're wrong about that. He would

be grateful. He needs a comeback.

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Woody Allen

Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and playwright, whose career spans more than six decades. more…

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