Swimming with Sharks
Starring: Kevin Spacey Director: George Huang R

Life is not a movie
Swimming with Sharks
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 7, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Featurette:
      1. "Let's Do Lunch"
      2. "A Look Back at Swimming With Sharks - 10th Anniversary"
      3. "Shark Tales: Real-Life Stories From Industry Assistants"
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. George Huang - Director/Writer
      2. Kevin Spacey - Actor
      3. George Huang - Director/Writer - Cast & Crew

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , , , &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"My bathmat means more to me than you!"
  - Buddy Ackerman (KEVIN SPACEY), to Guy (FRANK WHALEY).
"What is it you really want'"
  - Buddy Ackerman (KEVIN SPACEY), to Guy (FRANK WHALEY).

Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 04/01/1995
"...Spacey's performance as the exec is devastating..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/1996
"...[Spacey delivers] a wonderfully poisonous performance....It is a sly and exceptionally well executed [turn]..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/19/1995
"...Spacey takes this archetypal jerk to new levels of tyrannical bravado in the exuberantly nasty SWIMMING WITH SHARKS..." -- Rating: B+
New York Times - 04/21/1995
"...Witty, score-settling....[A] savvy little film..."

Product Description:

A motion picture executive's assistant puts up with his abusive boss up to a point and then completely snaps in this ultra-dark comedy from first-time director (and former Hollywood assistant) George Huang.

Plot Synopsis:

Buddy Ackerman is a vicious, egomaniacal, tyrannical, back-stabbing movie mogul. Guy is the idealistic, easily intimidated, put-upon assistant who now works for Buddy. Their relationship could be described as sado-masochistic: Buddy treats his employee like a slave and constantly yells vitriolic insults at him. Guy, tail between his legs, always acquiesces. But Guy eventually becomes fed-up with his boss, so much so that he exacts revenge--in a rather violent, torturous way...


Production Notes:

  • Released theatrically in New York City April 21, 1995.
  • The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted Kevin Spacey runner-up for the best supporting actor prize for his body of work in 1995.
  • Produced by Cineville, in association with Neofight Film and Mama'z Boy Entertainment.
  • Additional cast: Matthew Flynt (Manny) and Patrick Fischler (Moe).
  • Additional credit: Buzz Hays (co-producer).
  • Writer-director George Huang was a Lucasfilm intern and an assistant to a Columbia Pictures executive.
  • Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.

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Product Info

  • UPC: 031398174981
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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