1999 American comedy film
Bowfinger was written by Steve Martin.

Bowfinger is a 1999 cult film directed by Frank Oz. Bowfinger depicts a down-and-out filmmaker in Hollywood attempting to make a film on a small budget with a star who does not know that he is in the film. It was written by Steve Martin, and stars Martin, Eddie Murphy, and Heather Graham.


Bobby BowfingerEdit

  • [looking at FedEx truck coming into his street] See that FedEx truck? Every day, it delivers important papers to people all around the world. And one day, it is going to stop here, and a man is going to walk up and casually toss a couple of FedExes on my desk. And at that moment, we- and by we, I mean me - will be important.

Kit RamseyEdit

  • [lamenting to his agent about being passed over for choice roles and the agent could hardly get a word edgewise] White boys get all the Oscars. It's a fact. Did I ever get a nomination? No and you know why? 'Cause I ain't played none of them slave roles, or get my ass whipped. That's when you get the nominations. Black dude play a slave role, gets his ass whipped, gets the nomination, white boy play an idiot, they get the Oscar. Find me a script as a retarded slave, then I'll get the Oscar.


[Bowfinger starts assembling his talents with two prepared for a test scene]
Daisy: [reads script] "I could never be with you, Todd. I'm loyal to Keith. I'm loyal to him. I could never, never kiss you." [looks at Todd and they torridly kiss]
Bowfinger: Okay, that was very good. Let's try it one more time, Slater, this time without the erection.

[at a clothing store in LA, the crew discreetly shoots a scene but Carol wants to get close to Kit despite a rule for all talent to not interact with him off-production]
Store Manager: The store would be happy to offer you these clothes without charge if you'd come back Friday, let us take a picture for LA Style of you wearing the clothes.
Kit Ramsey: I can do that. It'll cost you $1,000. I'll be here Friday, 4:00.
Store Manager: I'm sure that could be arranged.
Ramsey: Hundred-dollar bills.
Store Manager: Right.
Carol: [faces Kit] I know I shouldn't do this, I just want you to know that you were so real in your response to the aliens. I wasn't even sure I could be a pod person, but now I'm enjoying it because you made the aliens come alive. It was like they were living inside of me. At first I was nervous about us having sex but now I think it's fine as long as we do it in a professional manner. There'll be a lot of people watching. I won't bother you anymore. [lightly touches Kit's cheek with her hand. Kit gets unsettled]

[when Kit disappears, the team hold auditions for potential lookalikes and one actor seems promising]
Actor: Then I studied at the Moscow Arts Theater for two years and did a year at the National in London. I'm currently doing a midnight production of Waiting for Godot here in L.A.
Bowfinger: And are you in the union?
Actor: Yes, I am. [gets kicked out]

[Bowfinger confronts Daisy over hooking up with another actor]
Robert: We're finished! It's over between us!
Daisy: But why?
Robert: You slept with Jiff.
Daisy: So?
Robert: Never thought of it that way.
Daisy: I'll see you tonight at eight?
Robert: Okay.

[Having discovered the truth about the Chubby Rain shoot, Terry Stricter and the authorities finally corner Bowfinger's crew]
Terry Stricter: [parts bushes and sees the film crew] Well, it seems the paranoid are sometimes actually being followed.
Robert: This film is only for Madagascar and Iran. Neither of which follow American copyright law.

[Bowfinger visits the MindHead offices and shows them some footage of Kit Ramsey, especially one scene at Staples Center after a game]
Kit: [with head covered by a paper bag] Hey, Laker Girls. [partly opens coat to show his naked body; Laker Girls laugh] It's not funny! [scampers off]
Terry Stricter: You realize all courts in the country would consider this blackmail!
Bobby Bowfinger: I don't know anything about blackmail. I'm just a guy with a great film. I need a shot of Kit saying, "Gotcha, suckers" and a couple of close-ups. Or we'll use a shot of Kit wagging his thing at the Laker Girls. Which is a great ending, though not such a good ending for Kit. It could sort of stop his money flow and possibly make that family film he's about to do, just go, pfft.
Stricter: We'll have to think about it. We'll have to think about it, for Kit.
Bowfinger: Now that you've had time to think about it, what do you and the other fellows here at MindF'ng Head think?


  • The Con is On.




  • Bowfinger' could just be viewed as an out-there, over-the-top spoof about Hollywood, films, celebrities and even the Church of Scientology. But Martin has written a sweet story about a group of outsiders with impossible dreams.
  • I view it as a pastiche of things I've seen come and go through the years ... Scientology gets a lot of credit or blame right now, because they're the hottest one.

Film industryEdit

  • [The film is] arch and knowing about the ways of Hollywood ... [including] producers who want to keep their cars more than their kids when they get divorced.
    • Schwarz, Leonard (August 1999). "Movies - Review: Bowfinger". Palo Alto Online: pp. Section: Movie Screener. Retrieved on 2008-01-09. 
  • Steve Martin's performance as Bobby Bowfinger is one that is not to be missed, especially if you are choosing a career as a producer.
    • Scheer, Laurie (2002). Creative Careers in Hollywood. Allworth Communications, Inc.. p. 135. ISBN 1581152434. 
  • Steve Martin takes gentle but funny aim at Hollywood [in the film.]
    • Voelz Chandler, Mary (August 15, 1999). "Critics' Choice: The best of the arts this week, compiled by News entertainment writers and critics". Rocky Mountain News. 

Compared to 'The Producers'Edit

  • [The film has] ..the madcap velocity of Mel Brooks' The Producers.
  • Like Mel Brooks' The Producers, it's about fringe players who strike out boldly for the big time.
  • The title character in the hilarious, good-hearted Bowfinger is a tireless schemer who, like Zero Mostel in The Producers, is part of a great show-biz tradition: being ruthless, delusional and hellbent on turning lemons into lemonade.


  • 'Bowfinger' is one of those comedies where everything works.
  • goodspirited, funny look at a hack Hollywood producer who will go to any lengths to get his film made.
    • Bleiler, David; TLA Video (2004). TLA Video & DVD Guide 2005: The Discerning Film Lover's Guide. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 80. ISBN 0312316909. 
  • frequently hilarious comedy
    • Staff (August 20, 1999). "Eddie Murphy doubles the laughs in 'Bowfinger'". Kansas City Star: pp. Section: What's New. 
  • Martin's back to his zany best ... possibly his best ever.
  • funny but frantic and somewhat mean-spirited comedy.
  • As a diehard Martin fan, I'm still hoping for a comeback, but it'll take better efforts than this to get me back in his cheering section.

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