Bowfinger [DVD] [1999]

Employing a novel premise and utilizing the comic skills of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, Bowfinger remains one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable attempts at self-satire. Universal's DVD edition is a superb realization of the film's strengths, delivering excellent sound and picture quality and a host of worthy extra features. Director Frank Oz is not known for his visual flamboyance, but the Tinseltown settings do look appropriately glossy on this anamorphic disc. The sound quality is equally high and features both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound audio tracks. It is the special features on this disc that make it unusually impressive, and they can be accessed from a clever and likeable menu screen. The "Spotlight on Location" featurette is a useful background to the movie, lasting around 24 minutes. Other basic features include the original theatrical trailer, production notes, and some very thorough cast and filmmaker information. Although they total only eight minutes between them, the two best additions are the deleted scenes and outtakes footage. The deleted scenes include an entirely different version of the cast and crew meeting which takes place early on in the film, as well as a funny revelation as to how Martin's character gets the address of Murphy's reclusive movie star. The outtakes include some amusing mishaps on set and some brilliant ad-libbing from the two stars. Director Oz provides the feature commentary, and surprisingly, he concentrates on the technical side of moviemaking, revealing several tricks of the trade when it comes to filming comedy. All in all, this amounts to an exceptional DVD, one that should further enhance Bowfinger's reputation as a first-class comedy.
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Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location
  • Feature commentary with director Frank Oz
  • Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Universal Showcase
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers
  • Special DVD-ROM features
  • Closed Captioned


A group of wanna-be filmmakers and actors concocts a scheme to make a movie with a major star without having to pay him in this comedy. Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) has struggled for years to make it in Hollywood with no real success; he's convinced that he has to make his big break soon or it will be too late. Bobby has a script, and he has a cast, including an ingenue straight off the bus from Ohio (Heather Graham), a one-time regional stage star who fondly recalls her brief moment of glory (Christine Baranski), and a hunky aspiring matinee idol (Kohl Sudduth). He also has a young associate named Dave (Jamie Kennedy), who has a low-level job at a movie studio as a gofer -- which means that he has keys to every part of the lot and can "borrow" whatever they need. All they need is a star, but without any money, how do they get one? Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) is a leading action star, and he is obviously beyond Bowfinger's budget. But Bobby has an idea: what if he tricked Kit into appearing in the film without his knowing it? Steve Martin also wrote the film's screenplay, and former Muppets performer Frank Oz directs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin - Bobby Bowfinger
  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Jiff Ramsey, Kit Ramsey
  • Heather Graham
    Heather Graham - Daisy
  • Christine Baranski
    Christine Baranski - Carol

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