The Hollywood Sign

"Good"

The Hollywood Sign Review


Tom Berenger, Burt Reynolds, and Rod Steiger play washed-up actors who find the opportunity to get back in the biz... if they can rip off some Vegas goons by convincing them they're cops.

No, it isn't high art. It isn't even Lethal Weapon, but the triple-threat of ham-fisted actors makes The Hollywood Sign something of a guilty pleasure.

The film's biggest problem is its circuitous and unlikely script, which has a struggling writer (Jacqueline Kim) deciding to live out the fictional heist story she wrote -- which thus becomes the driver for the movie's plot. It's just not compelling, featuring one of the most asinine thievery methods ever put to paper -- after working her way up the ladder, a woman will stuff a phony pregancy belly with money from the casino's cash room. Yawn.

More interesting is the interplay among the three leads as they train to impersonate cops and get access to the money. These guys either are or once were (Rod, rest in peace) great actors, and they prove that even with direct-to-DVD material, they can still chew scenery like it's beef jerky.

Still, it's unfortunately not enough to keep the rest of the film afloat, especially the insidery industry stuff, which comes off as silly at best.



The Hollywood Sign

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 4th October 2001

Distributed by: LionsGate Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 5.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Sönke Wortmann

Starring: as Tom Greener, as Paula Carver, as Floyd Benson, as Kage Mulligan, as Rodney, Dominic Keating as Steve, Eric Bruskotter as Muscle, as Charlie, Kay E. Kuter as Robbie Kant, Raf Mauro as Lenny Lena

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

Advertisement
The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.