Hollywood Ending

May 3, 2002 0 By Fans
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TREAT WILLIAMS stars as Hal Yeager, the head of the studio, in Woody Allen's latest contemporary comedy HOLLYWOOD ENDING, being distributed domestically by DreamWorks. 1219 Treat Williams at event of Hollywood EndingDirector Val Waxman (WOODY ALLEN) has a hard time envisioning poster ideas for his latest movie in Woody Allen’s contemporary comedy HOLLYWOOD ENDING, being distributed domestically by DreamWorks. Production designer Elio Sebastian (ISAAC MIZRAHI, center left) and costume designer Alexandria (MARIAN SELDES) do some location scouting with director Val Waxman (WOODY ALLEN, right) and studio executive Ellie (TÉA LEONI, far right) in Woody Allen's latest contemporary comedy HOLLYWOOD ENDING, being distributed domestically by DreamWorks. TÉA LEONI stars as Ellie in Woody Allen’s latest contemporary comedy HOLLYWOOD ENDING, being distributed domestically by DreamWorks.


A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.4/10 (12,986 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, Bob Dorian

Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind.


Téa Leoni


Bob Dorian

Galaxie Executive

Ivan Martin

Galaxie Executive

Gregg Edelman

Galaxie Executive

George Hamilton


Treat Williams


Woody Allen


Debra Messing


Neal Huff

Commercial A.D.

Mark Rydell


Douglas McGrath

Barbeque Guest

Stephanie Roth Haberle

Barbeque Guest

Bill Gerber

Barbeque Guest

Roxanne Perry

Barbeque Guest

Barbara Carroll

Carlyle Pianist

It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!


Official Website:
DreamWorks [United States] |

Release Date: 3 May 2002

Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000


Opening Weekend: $2,017,981
(5 May 2002)
(765 Screens)

Gross: $4,839,383
(23 June 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The film opened the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Revealing mistakes:
when Val Waxman recovers his sight in the park, the angle where the sun light hits the buildings in the background is different than the angle where the light hits Val and Ellie.


Our marriage wasn't going anywhere.

Where do you want it to go? Where do marriages go? After a while they just lay there. That's the thing about marriages.

User Review

I thought it was funny

Rating: 7/10

Before the film came out, I read some reviews saying that they felt Woody
was back in top form, but now I'm reading reviews that say otherwise. I
guess many people feel that in the case of a greatly talented filmmaker like
Woody, after wooing audiences with his earlier works like "Annie Hall" and
"Manhattan," there's nowhere left to go but down. So whenever people bash
his films, they don't bash them in the same way they would the next
SNL-inspired dud. They bash them even more brutally simply because he's
Woody and they can't help but expect more from him.

"Hollywood Ending" is no gem, with moments that obviously drag, but I felt
it worked. It's an excellent premise for a farcical comedy, and it played
out fluently. My only criticism about the "blind" element of the film dealt
with Woody's performance. Each scene where he talks to someone, he
purposely turns away from that person. He was obviously trying way too hard
to stress the fact that his character's blind (I guess in case the audience
somehow forgot halfway through). People who are blind actually have a
strong sense of hearing. Like the comic book character of Daredevil, their
other four senses are heightened. When they're first faced with the
blindness, it's hard to cope, but after a short while they get used to it.

Like most of Woody's films, the cast is an ensemble of multi-talented actors
who each contribute more than their own five cents into the work. There was
even an funny unbilled cameo by Isaac Mizrahi. A lot of people project
snobbery upon Woody's recent work, but I happened to enjoy this movie very
much, and the same goes with "Small-Time Crooks" and "Curse of the Jade
Scorpion." As long as you don't proceed with gigantic expectations, you
should have a lot of fun.

My score: 7 (out of 10)