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A down-on-his luck auteur gets one more chance at the big time -- provided his neuroses don't swallow him whole -- in Woody Allen's 33rd feature release, Hollywood Ending. Allen plays Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius who's resorted to taking advertisement work to pay the bills for himself and his airhead live-in girlfriend, Lori (Debra Messing). Val finds his luck is about to change, however, when he receives the script for The City Never Sleeps, a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City. It seems his ex-wife, Ellie (Tea Leoni), now an executive at Galaxy Pictures, has been pulling for him to direct the picture, claiming he's the only man who can do justice to the script. She even manages to convince her boyfriend, Hal (Treat Williams), Galaxy's high-powered studio head, to take a chance on Val's "unique vision." Just when the cameras are ready to roll, however, Val finds that unique vision in jeopardy -- literally -- as he's struck with a psychosomatic case of blindness. When physicians and psychiatrists fail to cure him, Val contrives a scheme to forge ahead with the picture, for fear of blowing his one last chance at greatness. Hollywood Ending co-stars George Hamilton and Mark Rydell. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:May 3, 2002


Woody Allen
as Val Waxman
Téa Leoni
as Ellie
Debra Messing
as Lori
Mark Rydell
as Al Hack
Treat Williams
as Hal
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
as Sharon Bates
George Hamilton
as Ed
Lu Yue
as Cameraman
Barney Cheng
as Translator
Isaac Mizrahi
as Elio Sebastian
Marian Seldes
as Alexandra
Jodie Markell
as Andrea Ford
Peter Gerety
as Psychiatrist
Mark Webber
as Tony Waxman
Howard Erskine
as Carlyle Patron
Ramsey Faragallah
as Audition Reader
Jeff Mazzola
as Prop Man
Fred Melamed
as Pappas
Sarah Polen
as Seder Guest
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Banquet Emcee
Greg Mottola
as Assistant Director
Ivan Martin
as Galaxie Executive
Ted Neustadt
as MRI Doctor
Steven Hurwitz
as Seder Guest
Gregg Edelman
as Galaxie Executive
Bob Dorian
as Galaxie Executive
Mary Schmidtberger
as Galaxie Executive
Rochelle Oliver
as Script Supervisor
Kenneth Edelson
as Eye Doctor
Joe Rigano
as Projectionist
Olivia Hayman
as Balthazar Hostess
Ray Garvey
as Grip
Anthony Arkin
as Audition Reader
Peter Van Wagner
as Balthazar Couple
Neal Huff
as Commercial A.D.
Douglas McGrath
as Barbeque Guest
Erica Leerhsen
as Actress
Bill Gerber
as Barbeque Guest
Reiko Takahashi
as Movie Extra
Judy Toma
as Balthazar Couple
Ruth Last
as Seder Guest
Stephanie Roth
as Barbeque Guest
Aaron Stanford
as Actor
Joel Eidelsberg
as Seder Guest


Woody Allen
Letty Aronson
Woody Allen
Wedigo von Schultzendorff
Alisa Lepselter
Santo Loquasto
Production Designer
Tom Warren
Art Director
Helen Robin
Stephen Tenenbaum
Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe
Executive Producer
Regina Graves
Set Designer
Melissa Toth
Costume Designer
Gary Alper
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Patrick
First Assistant Director
Juliet Taylor
Laura Rosenthal
Paul Brush
Standby Carpenter
Glenn Lloyd
Art Department Coordinator
Jerry Yuen
Cable Person
Abby Bailey
First Assistant Accountant