- Free Enterprise (film)
name =Free Enterprise
Mark A. Altman Robert Meyer Burnett
Eric McCormack Rafer Weigel Audie England William Shatner Phil LaMarr
director =Robert Meyer Burnett
Mark A. Altman
Anchor Bay Entertainment
October 7, 1998(Spain) June 4, 1999(USA)
runtime =113 min.
121 min. (extended version)
awards =Best Film and Best New Writer from the 1998
AFI Film Festival
amg_id = 1:174172
imdb_id = 0141105
"Free Enterprise" is a
1999comedy/romance movie featuring William Shatner, directed by Robert Meyer Burnett and written by Mark A. Altman and Robert Meyer Burnett. The film deals with the mid-life crises of its two main protagonists, Mark and Robert, fictionalized versions of the film's director and producer/writer played by Eric McCormackand Rafer Weigel. The two friends struggle with adult career and relationship problems, all the while defiantly clinging to the geeky science fiction pop cultureof their youth and seeking advice from their greatest hero, William Shatner.
Shatner plays a campy caricature of himself as he works on a one-man musical version of "Julius Caesar" in hopes of finally being taken seriously as an artist. Hip-hop artist "The Rated R", joined by Shatner, provides the concluding musical number, "Julius Caesar", a pastiche of famous lines from the play set to a rap rhythm. The film's score was produced by
The film is laced with references to past and contemporary science-fiction films and television shows, such as
Star Warsand Logan's Run. Most prominent is the original " Star Trek", which is treated by the protagonists as a source of inspiration and moral guidance. "Free Enterprise" explores the dating scene for late gen-x Hollywood singles from a decidedly sardonic perspective.
The film won four awards including the 2000 "
Saturn Award" for Best Home Video Release. A new 2-disc DVDspecial edition "Free Enterprise: Extended "Five Year Mission" Edition" was released on March 7, 2006.
* [http://www.bitsofnews.com/content/view/3413/42/ In depth review of the Extended Edition] -- by Philipe Rubio, Bits of News.
* [http://www.ez-entertainment.net/interview/altmanview.htm interview with Mark Altman]
* [http://www.chaseclub.com/freee.html a collection of articles about the movie]
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