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Hit and Runway (1999)

Alex and Elliot an unlikely pair connect to write a film about a New York cop working undercover as a fashion model.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parducci Michael Parducci ... Alex Andero
Peter Jacobson ... Elliot Springer
Judy Prescott ... Gwen Colton
Kerr Smith ... Joey Worciuekowski
Hoyt Richards ... Jagger Stevens
John Fiore ... Frank Andero
J.K. Simmons ... Ray Tilman
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... Bob
Teresa DePriest ... Lana (as Therese De Priest)
Bill Cohen Bill Cohen ... Norman Rizzoli
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Marie Andero
Marisa Redanty Marisa Redanty ... Barbara
John DiResta ... Bruno
Marian Quinn ... Eileen
Stephen Singer ... Rabbi Pinchas
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Storyline

Alex Andero feels stuck washing dishes in his family's trattoria in New York City. He wants to write screenplays, and he has a great idea. Trouble is, he's not much with a typewriter; so, when his cousin calls and says a producer likes the idea and wants a script, Alex swallows his homophobia and asks for help from Elliot Springer, a talented writer who's an insecure, gay, Jewish nebbish. Elliot doesn't want the job, but Alex sets him up with Joey, a good-looking actor who works in the cafe. Elliot and Joey are soon getting it on, the script is slowly emerging, and Alex is discovering the beauty of Gwen, a woman in his writing class. Then, ego and greed threaten the partnership. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Felix and Oscar Meet Alex and Elliott See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some violent images
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Mirador Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Film writing, directing, producing, and editing debut of Christopher Livingston. See more »

Goofs

When Alex confronts Eliot at the restaurant, he takes his spoon away so he cannot finish his ice cream drink. After a few seconds Eliot jumps up to reveal that the half-full glass has suddenly become empty. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Springer: I'm not the type of man who inspires lust. I bought a dildo once and it lost it's erection.
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Crazy Credits

Recorded at Audio Paint, NYC If it can be imagined, it can be recorded www.audiopaint.com See more »

Connections

References Cop Land (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

O Holy Night
English words by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited), French lyrics by Placide Cappeau (uncredited) and music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
Special Arrangement by:
Frank Piazza & Christopher Livingston
Mixed & Engineered by Lance McVickar
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On Becoming A Writer
11 March 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Set in New York City, this thoroughly modern story centers on two young men who collaborate on a screenplay, in an effort to become professional writers. Their arrangement is a kind of literary odd-couple. Alex (Michael Parducci) is an overly confident and slightly pugnacious chump who is straight. His writing partner is Elliot (Peter Jacobson), a timid gay man who lacks confidence in himself. The two are polar opposites. Yet each has personality traits important to their collective endeavor. Alex has the confidence and the dreams. Elliot has the talent.

The strength of the story is in the characters, and in the dialogue, which can be amusing at times, like when self-assured Alex says: "Hopeless is not a word in my vocabulary". To which the cerebral Elliot responds: "I suspect there are a lot of words that are not in your vocabulary".

Much of the plot is propelled by verbal conflict between the two. At one point, they are discussing a story character named "Inuska", a young woman. Alex says: "Now what was so terrible about what we were writing? It was funny, it was sexy". Elliot responds: "Inuska, the leading lady, she was two-dimensional". To which Alex fires back: "What are you talking about, two-dimensional? She was stacked!"

Some of the plot's romantic encounters are distracting. Yet they are probably necessary to engage much of the audience, as the process of writing is not visually exciting.

Alex and Elliot are two very different personalities. Yet each learns from the other. And the film's theme is about how people's lives affect their writing, and how their writing affects their lives.

"Hit And Runway" is a smart, sometimes funny, extended sitcom about two very imperfect people who must work together. The film is not some big budget, grand epic with a profound message. But it's well made. And for what it sets out to do, I think it succeeds reasonably well.


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