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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Swimming with Sharks
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(98 ratings)
7.2 IMDB rating

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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey

Buddy Ackerman
Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Dawn Lockard
T.E. Russell

T.E. Russell

Foster Kane
Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice

Cyrus Miles
Matthew Flint

Matthew Flint

Manny


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Kevin Spacey at his finest

7 years, 5 months ago at Feb 13 18:21
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This is one of the best performances ever by Kevin Spacey. He plays a vicious producer named Buddy who verbally mocks, belittles, insults and yells at all his assistants, with the vast majority of the mental torture aimed at his assistant, Guy, who only puts up with it so he can get ahead in the industry. But when Buddy steals Guy's idea for a blockbuster movie, Guy snaps and kidnaps his boss, a... read more

THE INSIDE DOPE ON HOLLYWOOD OFF OF THE RED CARPET

4 years, 11 months ago at Sep 2 5:33
1 vote
by Dane Youssef


Now here is a movie for those looking for an attack on white-collar corporate office life, the spinning gears of Hollywood. And not overblown with big-budget special effects, scatological humor and saccarine-coated deluded big-screen implausibilities. For those looking for something really strongly written by a veteran of it's field and performed by pure-blo... read more

Swimming with Sharks

11 months, 1 week ago at Aug 28 21:55
1 vote
Well, here is a case of a film not knowing which one it wants to be. Uneven is a charitable phrase for this thing. Swimming with Sharks would have rated much lower if it didn’t have Kevin Spacey dazzling us in the lead role. When in doubt, just sit back and let Spacey occupy the screen as morally compromised or flat-out abusive and terrible characters he has made his stock and trade. Think about... read more
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Description: Movie producer Buddy Ackerman (Spacey) is one of Hollywood's most powerful men whose quickly on the rise for someone else's higher profile job. But that doesn't make Buddy such a nice guy, which his very naive assistant Guy (Whaley)is just about to learn. As he barely endures and tolerates Buddy's daily rituals of constant abuse and h ... (more)
Release date: 21 March 1995
UPC: 031398683735
Drama (10), Revenge (7), Hostage (6), 1990s (6), Comedy (5), Abuse (5), Torture (5), Thriller (5), Black Comedy (4), Crime (3), Hollywood (3), Filmmaking (3), Ambition (2), 1994 (2), Dark Comedy (2), Satire (1), Motion Picture Studio (1), Spacey Rules! (1), Spit (1), Cruel Boss (1)
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Swimming with Sharks

“Well, here is a case of a film not knowing which one it wants to be. Uneven is a charitable phrase for this thing. Swimming with Sharks would have rated much lower if it didn’t have Kevin Spacey dazzling us in the lead role. When in doubt, just sit back and let Spacey occupy the screen as morally compromised or flat-out abusive and terrible characters he has made his stock and trade. Think about the films you remember him the most in: Se7en, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, even more recently in Horrible Bosses. Spacey is just great at playing terrible people.

And Swimming with Sharks gives us quite a terrible person to spend time with in Spacey’s studio executive. He delights in torturing his assistants and barking orders into a packed hallway. If some” read more

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