Synopsis: Byron Orlok is an old horror-movie star who feels that he is an anachronism. Compared to real-life violence, his films are tame. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson goes on a killing spree...
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Peter Bogdanovich
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

( screeching )

( thunder crashing )


Baron, you mustn't--


( gasps )

( bird screeching )

( bird screeching )

( intercom buzzing )

( indistinct talking )


Uh-huh. Yeah, yeah.

Who the hell is he?

He doesn't mean five cents

at the box office.

Besides, I got

Byron Orlok.

Yeah, yep.

Anyone for a swim?

So he won an Oscar.

Who the hell

remembers it

besides him?

For that money

I could get Sandra Dee.

Huh? I discussed

it with Sam.

Well, he feels that Pat Boone's

wrong for the part.

You want to see those

dailies now, Mr. Smith?

In a minute.

Have him stand by, Ralph.

You were late.

Somebody kept me up

till 4:
00 in the morning.

Oh? Anyone I know?

How did you like it?

I liked it.

You did?


I didn't.

But thanks.

Okay, okay, good-bye.

You smoke too much.

Tell them to send

that pic right out.

Byron, you see our ad

in the trades?


Ralph, send that print

back to the exchange, would you?

This picture's

going to open up

In a hundred

theaters tomorrow.

Great film, eh, Jenny?

It's all right.

Gonna clean up.

Is this the new script?

Has everybody read this?


This is a work of art.

Thank you

very much.


I'm serious.

This is a very

important film.

This is

the kind of property

I'm going to be proud

to put my name on.

You writing

this down, ed?

It's a good script, Sam.

Don't you think so, Byron?

I'm not making any more films,



What, Byron?

I'm retiring.

Since when?

What is this, a gag, Sam?

Hey, wait a minute,

wait a minute.

I put up front money

on this script.

Monday I sign a deal with AIP.

It's all based

on the understanding

That I got Byron Orlok.

I never signed any agreement

to that effect.

You never

signed anything

On the last

three pictures we made.

We shook hands.

Now, come on, what is it?

Is something troubling you?

I understand you didn't like

this last film we made.

Not at all.

I think Sammy directed it

very well.

That's why I let him write

this new script.

Haven't you read it?

This is a real new change

of pace for you.

Okay, everybody out.

Let me talk to Byron alone.

Please, Marshall, no scenes.

You owe me a minute, eh?

Come on, Sam.

Let me

fix this up.

Byron, old pal,

what's wrong?

This isn't like you.

What the hell

was that all about?

I Don't know.

He didn't like my script,

that's what it was all about.

Oh, stop being

such a paranoid.

What do you mean,


I sent him

my script yesterday

And today he retires

from pictures.

What am I supposed

to think?

I'm sure he hasn't

even read it.

I'm just afraid

it's much more serious.

What about your job?

He hasn't said a thing.

What if he goes

back to England?

He's always talking

about that.

Would you

go with him?

Would you like me

to stay?

That's up to you.


Don't feed me that!

I kept you alive

for the last three years!

He can fix anything.

You think you're bankable

with any of the majors?!

You think they'd know

how to put together

A package for you?

If it weren't for me,

The only place

you'd be playing

is in the wax museum!

Call me.

( crash )

There's goes

another ash tray.

Herr Michaels!

Your turn.

Okay, run those dailies now.

You want me to fix up

the mess you just made?

Get him back, boy director.

Go and talk to him, like you're

supposed to be so good,

'cause your next picture

just walked out the door!

That's why I will.

14, take five.

All right, and action.


You didn't

say good-bye.

Stop it, Sammy.

Don't be his errand boy.

It nauseates me.

I didn't come out

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Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich (Serbian: Петар Богдановић, Petar Bogdanović, born July 30, 1939) is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic and film historian. He is part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, which included William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. His most critically acclaimed and well-known film is the drama The Last Picture Show (1971). Bogdanovich also directed the thriller Targets (1968), the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? (1972), the comedy-drama Paper Moon (1973), They All Laughed (1981), the drama Mask (1985), and The Cat's Meow (2001). His most recent film, She's Funny That Way, was released in 2014. more…

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