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Who Is Alan Smithee?

2002
45m
Documentary
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Cast

Dan Bucatinsky (Narrator)Edward Norton (Self)Steven Seagal (Self)Steven Spielberg (Self)

Director

Lesli Klainberg

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Synopsis

This documentary on the elusive director 'Alan Smithee' was first shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable channel. We learn where the name came from and why the Directors Guild of America (DGA) first allowed his name to be used on Richard Widmark's western Death of a Gunfighter (1969). The film follows the numerous problems that director Tony Kaye had during the production and post-production of the film American History X (1998) and why the DGA refused to allow Alan Smithee to be credited for that film.

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