Rules Don't Apply

Synopsis: An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire, Howard Hughes, (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. It's Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes' #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes' behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Warren Beatty
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.7
Metacritic:
60
Rotten Tomatoes:
57%
PG-13
Year:
2016
127 min
£3,647,836
Website
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(indistinct chatter)

MAN:
How do we know

he's not in Los Angeles?

TV NEWSMAN 1:
We were promised,

as you know, the call

would come to us at 4:00.

It's now 10 minutes after 4:00.

(indistinct chatter)

TV NEWSMAN 1:
We're waiting

here, in Los Angeles, for a phone call

from legendary billionaire,

Howard Hughes,

which could debunk...

(clearing throat)

We're waiting here,

in Los Angeles, for a phone call

from legendary billionaire,

Howard Hughes,

which could debunk a writer's

claim that he's written

an authorized autobiography

of Hughes,

and that Hughes is in

a permanent state of dementia.

TV NEWSMAN 2:

The location of Howard Hughes,

still a complete mystery to us.

And if he's unable to call,

as promised

by the Hughes organization,

and prove that he is of sound mind,

well, the organization's

defense contracts,

its medical foundation,

even its casino licenses

could be in jeopardy.

TV NEWSMAN 1:

If he doesn't call as promised,

it's gonna be hard for him

to defend himself

against the charges in Miskin's book.

TV NEWSMAN 2:

Yes, wherever he's hiding.

Yes, I'm told now

that we can only wait

for Mr. Hughes' phone call until 4:30.

TV NEWSMAN 1:

Very few private citizens

can be said to have developed

such an astounding amount

of influence,

celebrity and achievement.

TV NEWSMAN 2:
Always with

an eye out for new talent,

Hughes developed a reputation

for employing dozens

of young, aspiring actresses,

and keeping them under contract

- (telephone ringing)

- for years at RKO,

regardless of whether or not

they ever appear

in one of his pictures.

Hello?

TV NEWSMAN 1:
Howard Hughes

was once the American ideal.

A moviemaker, an aviator,

an inventor...

Howard?

TV NEWSMAN 1:
and an industrialist,

who, at the age of 18,

inherited a fortune

which gave him a monopoly

on the best device in the world

with which to drill for oil.

TV NEWSMAN 2:
This is

a man with relationships

with presidents,

military leaders and people who are...

Howard, you've got 18 minutes

left to place the call.

TV NEWSMAN 1:
In 1930, he produced

the most expensive movie ever made.

TV NEWSMAN 2:
Well, Miskin's book says

that Howard Hughes

cannot remember anything,

that he's completely

unable to communicate.

TV NEWSMAN 1:
Well, despite

his countless plane crashes,

all of which he survived...

Howard, can you hear me?

TV NEWSMAN 1:
His design set new speed

records in his own racing aircraft,

and he essentially

became an American hero.

TV NEWSMAN 2:
Of course,

he's an American hero.

But it's not as if

he's incapable of making a mistake.

He could be in the middle of making

a big mistake right now.

COLONEL WILLIS:
I think

you're mistaken, Mr. Hughes.

I think you're mistaken.

HOWARD (over radio): I don't

make mistakes, Colonel.

COLONEL WILLIS:
Okay,

he doesn't make mistakes.

The Department of Defense

has scheduled your flight...

HOWARD:
The Department of Defense

didn't invent this plane, Colonel.

I did. I paid for it,

and I'll land it when

I'm goddamn ready to land it!

You are picking up

the Apple Blossom Queen.

Her name is Marla Mabrey.

Go down there, get her,

and drive her straight to her house.

Remember, any driver

who tries any hanky-panky

with a contract actress is gone.

He's fired.

Thank you.

Miss Mabrey, I'm Frank.

Nice to meet you.

Congratulations on being

the Apple Blossom Queen.

The car's just over there.

I'll get the, uh...

I'm Lucey, Frank. I'm Marla's mother.

Oh.

(chuckles)

- Uh...

- This is Marla.

- Hi, I'm Frank.

- Hi.

Uh, this way, please.

("Hooray for Hollywood" playing)

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Warren Beatty

Henry Warren Beatty (né Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay – winning Best Director for Reds (1981). Aside from Orson Welles for Citizen Kane, Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds. Eight of the films he has produced have earned 53 Academy nominations, and in 1999, he was awarded the Academy's highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Beatty has been nominated for eighteen Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007. Among his Golden Globe-nominated films are Splendor in the Grass (1961), his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracy (1990), Bugsy (1991), Bulworth (1998) and Rules Don't Apply (2016), all of which he also produced. Director and collaborator Arthur Penn described Beatty as "the perfect producer", adding, "He makes everyone demand the best of themselves. Warren stays with a picture through editing, mixing and scoring. He plain works harder than anyone else I have ever seen." more…

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