The Steve Martin Collection

1999
  |  386 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of four comedies starring Steve Martin. In 'Bowfinger' (1999) Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is Hollywood's least successful director. He figures that the only way to boost his flagging reputation is to make a film with megastar Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy). However, the only way to get Kit into the movie is to film him surreptitiously, while actors approach him and say their lines. Bowfinger also stumbles upon Kit's movie buff brother Jeff (Murphy), whom he convinces to impersonate his befuddled brother. In 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' (1982) Rigby Reardon (Martin) is a down on his luck private investigator hired by Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) to investigate the suspicious death of her father, a noted scientist and cheesemaker. When Reardon acquires a list of names of 'the friends and enemies of Carlotta', he begins to encounter many sinister individuals in his search for answers. Thanks to cleverly edited clips from some of Hollywood's classic noir films, these suspicious characters are portrayed by such revered stars as Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Burt Lancaster. 'Parenthood' (1989) follows Gil Buckman (Martin) who is a father rather too determined to give his kids the love and care which had been withheld from him as a child. Meanwhile, his Yuppie brother-in-law Nathan (Rick Moranis) is preparing his 3-year-old daughter for life in the fast lane by an accelerated learning programme which causes her to miss out on the more basic joys of childhood. Gil's sister Helen (Dianne Wiest), a single parent, struggles to control her uncommunicative son and wild daughter while black sheep of the family Larry (Tom Hulce) returns to sponge off his father Frank (Jason Robards) in order to pay off gambling debts. Finally, in 'Sgt. Bilko' (1996), there is an enclave of the US military base Fort Baxter that is forever Las Vegas, with Sgt. Ernie Bilko (Martin) presiding over a ragbag troop of soldiers more adept at loading dice than guns. The hard-line Major Thorn (Phil Hartman) has had run-ins with Bilko before, and when he takes charge of the camp he is determined to put an end to the inveterate gambler's extracurricular scams.