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Overnight

Year: 2003
Production Co: THINKFilm
Director: Tony Montana/Mark Brian Smith
Producer: Tony Montana/Mark Brian Smith
Cast: Troy Duffy, Billy Connolly, Jake Busey, Jerry O'Connell, John Goodman, Harvey Weinstein, Willem Dafoe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ron Jeremy, Mathew Modine, Paul Ruebens, Patrick Swayze, Mark Wahlberg, Billy Zane
Here's the thing about this tell-all documentary. Could anyone really be this obnoxious on camera as if on cue so much? I'm not saying it was staged, but a lot of docos in the post- Bowling for Columbine era are looking for the same critical and audience acceptance they know they can get after Michael Moore's legacy, and I wouldn't put it above some to take 'liberties'. Just look at the outing of how staged American Teen was on the Internet Movie Database forums.

The point of the documentary is the asttonishing, breathless hubris of the central figure, bartender Troy Duffy. As the film progresses and dreams of his movie- and music making coterie collapse around him, his reactions to everyone and everything around him become even more outrageous, to everyone from studio and production company heads to UCLA film students.

If you don't know the story, Duffy's the screenwriter and first-time director of the small time action thriller Boondock Saints, which didn't get much recetpion at the 1999 Cannes film festival and only found an audience on video later.

The story goes that Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein walked into the LA bar where Duffy worked in 1997 after reading the script and not only gave Duffy $15m to make the film and asked him and his band to do the soundtrack but bought the bar for the pair to co-own.

Soon changing his mind and putting the project into turnaround as any studio head does for any number of films, Weinstein made an enemy out of the thuggish, egomaniacal Duffy, who hoarded the cash to himself and gave his colleagues – including the pair making the documentary about the whole adventure – self delusional justifications for not sharing any of the money or creative vision.

Things spiral out of control as the group loses both control and money hand over fist, Duggy posturing to anyeone who'll listen – including the camera – and eventually getting a second tier backer.

It's wild and entertaining, almost incomprehensivle how destructively self-assured one man can be, I just couldn't help feeling the whole way through how the whole story smacks of someone trying to build a legend.

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