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Mistress (1992)
Actors: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek, Thomas R. Voth, Jace Alexander
Director: Barry Primus
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     1999     1hr 50min

Robert Wuhl stars as a movie director who's got integrity, vision, and a serious script - but no career. Martin Landau is a sleazy producer who introduces Wuhl to Robert De Niro, Danny Aiello and Eli Wallach - three guys w...  more »


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Actors: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek, Thomas R. Voth, Jace Alexander
Director: Barry Primus
Creators: Robert De Niro, Barry Primus, Avi Kleinberger, Bertil Ohlsson, Meir Teper, Ruth Charny, J.F. Lawton
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/23/1999
Original Release Date: 07/24/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 07/24/1992
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Indie filmmaking gets an intelligent send-up
Gerald P. Owens | Pompano Beach, FL United States | 05/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want an insider's perpsective on the movie biz, two films that were released in 1992 give a view of the top and the bottom of the Hollywood food chain. "The Player" is a delightful black comedy about the top rung, the major studio insider who has the power to say "yes" just twelve times a year and green-light a big-budget movie (trouble ensues when he murders a particularly troublesome screenwriter). The opposite end of the food chain is lampooned in "Mistress," where we get an insider's view of trying to get an independent film financed. Filmmaking is the most expensive of hobbies, and compromises must be made. Two writers and a washed-up producer get three businessmen on the hook as possible backers, but each has a mistress, who needs a part... It's a delightful exploration of how far can one compromise artistic integrity just to get a story in front of the cameras. Martin Landau is a delight as the has-been producer, and Robert Wuhl is wonderful as the bemused screenwriter whose vision is rewritten into exploitative shlock. Both funny and sad, these are men who have sacrificed everything that matters in pursuit of the Hollywood dream."
A brilliant Hollywood comedy
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do not miss this picture! This is the film that blows away all the other "movie industry" comedies of the last few years. If you liked "Swimming with Sharks" or "The Player," you will love "Mistress." Eli Wallach should be on the cover of this DVD along with Wuhl, Landau, De Niro, and Aiello. You couldn't ask for a more perfect cast, and I don't know how Barry Primus brought them all together. The only down side to this DVD release seems to be the 1.33:1 "full screen" image format. I wish they had released this in the theatrical aspect ratio, since I've been wondering what I've missed by seeing only the VHS release. This is a brilliant and subtle comedy for movie fans everywhere."
It's about the bimbo... or is it?
Regent St. Claire | Santa Monica, CA | 09/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Martin Landau ("Ed Wood," "Space 1999") leads a super cast through the ringer as they all try to get a film bankrolled. The connecting thread here is that "the other woman" who most of the potential financiers are boffing - is one and the same bimbo! The most unique angle to "Mistress" is how it refuses to portray the writers, actors, or other normally high-pedestaled creative types, as any more pure, or noble, or reasonable to deal with, than anyone else in this wacky business."
Nothing but Excellent
Regent St. Claire | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved Mistress because it portrays the "behind the scenes" of what producing a movie is truly about. I loved Sheryl Lee Ralph in this movie because it portrays what just be me going on in our movie industry. Sheryl is an excellent actress and need to be seen in more excellent movies. Excellent producing/directing on DeNiro's part."