In 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writer:

Michael Sloane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Peter Appleton
Bob Balaban ... Elvin Clyde
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Ernie Cole
Hal Holbrook ... Congressman Doyle
Laurie Holden ... Adele Stanton
Martin Landau ... Harry Trimble
Brent Briscoe ... Sheriff Cecil Coleman
Ron Rifkin ... Kevin Bannerman
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Emmett Smith
David Ogden Stiers ... Doc Stanton
James Whitmore ... Stan Keller
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Irene Terwilliger
Catherine Dent ... Mabel
Brian Howe ... Carl Leffert / Head of the Studio
Karl Bury ... Bob Leffert
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Storyline

Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios during Hollywood's Golden Age, 1951 in particular. "Ashes to Ashes" is about to be released, and he's dating the attractive movie star, Sandra Sinclair. Just when everything seems to be going his way, it is discovered he (unwittingly) attended a Communist meeting during college when pulled there by his girlfriend at the time, and thus heavy suspicion settles over him and he'll have to stand before Congress. Afraid of what might happen if they don't, HHS cancels Appleton's contract and aborts the release date of the film. Appleton promptly begins to wallow in self-pity and spends nearly an entire night at a bar, then drives intoxicated through the streets of the California course until plummeting into a stormy river and getting knocked unconscious. Washing up on the beaches of a small town called Lawson. Although the people there are pleasant and likable, the town is depressed and lifeless due to having lost 62 ... Written by Bloggers!

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Taglines:

Sometimes your life comes into focus one frame at a time.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Lawson train station is really in Fort Bragg, California. The train is called "The Skunk Train" and is a scenic railroad that runs inland from the north coast through the redwoods. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Peter are in the auditorium of Majestic together for the first time and Harry is explaining the Majestic to Peter, Harry's shirt collar changes from being inside of his sweater to outside of it between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Studio Executive: What about the kid?
Studio Executive: What kid?
Studio Executive: You know, the kid who rings the bell.
Studio Executive: What kid? What bell? What are you talking about?
Studio Executive: The kid. After the mine caves in. The kid. He runs up the hill. He rings the bell to alert the town.
Studio Executive: Is that in the script? What page are we on?
Studio Executive: What if we gave the kid - a disease.
Studio Executive: A disease?
Studio Executive: A *disease*. Braces on the legs, that sort of thing.
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Crazy Credits

The Hollywood executives heard in the first scene are briefly heard over the Castle Rock logo. Postcards of Lawson fall down around the opening credits. See more »

Connections

References The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) See more »

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Stranger on the Shore
Written by Acker Bilk and Robert Mellin
Produced by Claudia Cummings
Performed by The Spencer Wyatt Big Band
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The serious side of Carrey
4 January 2004 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

I often wondered how Carrey would handle a drama and now I know. Totally enjoyed this trip through nostalgiatown as Carrey rejuvenated a town with his infectious personality. Heavily dramatic at times but always with an undercurrent of jollity running through it. I especially appreciated Carrey's dead on comments in the military graveyard.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bijou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,904,339, 23 December 2001

Gross USA:

$27,807,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,317,673
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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