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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.



Robert: She had the personality of a ZIP code in Kansas.

Robert: Yes! We'll be just like Bogey and Bacall!
Daisy: Who?

Kit: Them people can't speak English good!

Robert: We're finished! It's over between us!
Daisy: But why?
Robert: You slept with Jiff.
Daisy: So?
Robert: You know, I never thought about it all the way.
Daisy: So, I'll see you tonight?
Robert: What time?

[interviewing Jiff for the movie]

Robert: Would you be willing to cut your hair?
Jiff: Well, yeah. But it would probably be better if someone else did it. I've had a few... accidents.

Kit: The white man gets all the best catchphrases!

Robert: This film is only for Madagascar and Iran. Neither of which follow American copyright law.

Kit: White boys always get the Oscar. It's a known fact. Did I ever get a nomination? No! You know why? Because I hadn't played any of them slave roles, and get my ass whipped. That's how you get the nomination. A black dude who plays a slave that gets his ass whipped gets the nomination, a white guy who plays an idiot gets the Oscar. That's what I need. I need to play a retarded slave, then I'll get the Oscar.

Robert: 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.

Daisy: I know what's going on. I may be from Ohio, but I'm not from Ohio.

Terry: Happy premise #1.
Kit: Happy premise #1: There are no aliens.
Terry: Happy premise #2.
Kit: Happy premise #2: There is no giant foot trying to squash me.
Terry: Happy premise #3.
Kit: Happy premise #3: Even though I feel like I might ignite, I probably won't.

Kit: It's too cerebral! We're trying to make a movie here, not a film!




  • 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 industry[edit]

  • [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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