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Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical Release: August 25, 2000 (NY/LA): Bill Henderson, who appears as Clive Winter in the film, sings the closing credits song "A Closer Walk with Thee," as well as two other songs on the soundtrack. The opening credits begin with the line "Martin Scorsese presents"--director Kevin Jordan served as an apprentice on Scorsese's KUNDUN. Director Kevin Jordan makes a cameo in the film as an actor auditioning for a role. Steven Martini cowrote, with Chris Horvath, and performs the final song heard over the closing credits. When they were teenagers Steven and Kevin would act out scenes from such films as GOODFELLAS, THE GODFATHER, and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS for auditions and practice. The character of Clive Winter was based somewhat on the real Clive Winter, a soundman who worked on KUNDUN, where Kevin Jordan met him. Producer Jeff Dowd, known as The Dude, was the basis for Jeff Bridges's character in THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Steven Martini and Kevin Jordan went to high school together at Professional Children's School in New York. The film was shot in just 12 days on Super16 film, for just $40,000. The film was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival, in 1999, where it won the Discovery Award. Kevin Jordan's father owns a lobster restaurant in Brooklyn called the Lobster Dock, so lobsters were often sent to companies in exchange for locations and development. Clive claims that while working with Howard Hawks on BRINGING UP BABY (he was a soundman), he was mauled by the leopard in the film. Producer Jeff Dowd refers to the film as "Blair Witch McMullen," combining the low-budget independence of each film (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN) with the brother-based theme of the latter. When the film first played festivals, it was called GOAT ON FIRE AND SMILING FISH.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ST7853-D

  • Credits
    Derrick Martini, Steve Martini, Bill Henderson, Christa Miller, Amy Hathaway, Heather Jae Marie, Nicole Rae, Wesley Thompson, Rosemarie Addeo
  • Critic Reviews
    "...This sunny ode to brotherhood, made on a tiny budget, goes a fair distance on good vibes..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...This is a film of much gentleness, tenderness and keen observation into the way laughter and pain have a way of colliding into each other..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The brothers Martini are effortlessly likable and convincing in the film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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