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The Amateurs Details


A man down on his luck hatches a different kind of get-rich-quick scheme in this independent comedy. Andy Sargentee (Jeff Bridges) is a middle-aged divorcé who is down in the dumps after the departure of his wife, Thelma (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and son, Billy (Alex D. Linz). The fact that Thelma's new hubby is quite wealthy only makes things more troubling for Andy, and he keeps thinking that if he had more money he could be back in her good graces. One night, while knocking back drinks with his friends, Andy has a brainstorm -- pornography is big business these days, so why not round up the local talent and make an adult movie? Andy persuades his friend Barney (Tim Blake Nelson) to sign on as co-producer, and they start putting together a crew, including Emmett (Patrick Fugit), a kid with a video camera who becomes director of photography; Otis (William Fichtner), who volunteers to be the gofer who doesn't really do anything; and as director a guy known only by his nickname, Some Idiot (Joe Pantoliano). Casting proves to be a bit more problematic, especially after they discover that Moose (Ted Danson), who has been cast in the male lead, may be gay when he repeatedly fails to rise to the occasion. The Amateurs also stars Lauren Graham, Valerie Perrine, and Glenne Headly as some of the local women drafted into appearing in the movie; the picture was released in the United Kingdom under the title The Moguls. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 7, 2007


Jeff Bridges
as Andy Sargentee
Ted Danson
as Moose
William Fichtner
as Otis
Patrick Fugit
as Emmett
Lauren Graham
as Peggy
Glenne Headly
as Helen Tatelbaum
Tim Blake Nelson
as Barney Macklehatton
Joe Pantoliano
as Some Idiot
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Thelma
Isaiah Washington
as Homer
Judy Greer
as Ellie
John Hawkes
as Moe
Brad Henke
as Ron
Tom Bower
as Floyd
Dawn Didawick
as Clara
Jayne Taini
as Mrs. Morelli
Alex D. Linz
as Billy
Steven Weber
as Howard
Melinda Dahl
as Charlene
Valerie Perrine
as V
Eileen Brennan
as Mrs. Cherkiss
Troy R. Brenna
as Ernest
Brad Garrett
as Wally
Elden Henson
as Salesman
Aldo Bigante
as Jack


Michael Traeger
Aaron Ryder
Michael Traeger
Denis Maloney
Nicolaas TenBroek
Composer (Music Score)
Raul Davalos
Bob Ziembicki
Production Designer
Brandee Dell'Aringa
Art Director
Laura Greenlee
Mark Wolfe
Colleen Woodcock
Associate Producer
Jill Tandy
Executive Producer
Malcolm Ritchie
Executive Producer
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
Ernesto Martinez
Costume Designer
Robert Kensinger
Set Decorator
Whit Norris
Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Nayor Battino
Derek Freda
Unit Production Manager
Nancy Kirhoffer
Post Production Supervisor
Sandy Gendler
Supervising Sound Editor
Mark Wolfe
Executive in Charge of Production
Martina Kohl
Key Make-up
Linda Arnold
Key Hairstylist
Thomas Nellen
Makeup Supervisor
Tamami Ito
Hair Styles
Gary Turner
Stunts Coordinator
Laura Greenlee
Line Producer