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The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy (in a dual role), Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Luis Guzmán, James Rebhorn, Peter Boyle, Pam Grier and John Cleese. The film was released in the United States on August 16, 2002.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Underwood
Produced by
Written byNeil Cuthbert
Starring
Music byJohn Powell
CinematographyOliver Wood
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 16, 2002 (2002-08-16)
Running time
95 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • Australia
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million[1]
Box office$7.1 million[1]

A major critical and financial failure, The Adventures of Pluto Nash received overwhelmingly negative reviews and is notable for being one of the biggest box office bombs in the history of cinema.

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PlotEdit

In 2080, on a colony on the Moon called Little America, retired smuggler and ex-convict Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) buys a nightclub in an attempt to fulfill his long-time wish (which also prevents the murder the club's previous owner Anthony Frankowski (Jay Mohr), by mobsters Gino (Burt Young) and Larry (Lillo Brancato)). Pluto rebuilds into a very popular nightclub,with the help of a Hispanic assistant, and an android named Bruno (Randy Quaid).

In 2087, a young woman named Dina Lake (Rosario Dawson), daughter of a friend of Pluto's, is stranded on the Moon tries to earn money for transport back to Earth. Pluto gives her a job as a server. Pluto is accosted by Mogan (Joe Pantoliano) and Kelp (Victor Varnado), messengers of mysterious entrepreneur Rex Crater who wants to buy the club. After refusing, Pluto, Dina and Bruno escape while the messengers destroy the club.

Pluto's friend Rowland (Peter Boyle), a retired police officer who is a friend of his mother's, learns Rex Crater has associates linked to human cloning. While Pluto and Dina investigate further, Crater's assassins, but escape by hijacking a limo with a holographic chauffeur named James (John Cleese)

Their investigation further links Zoroaster Marucci (Alec Baldwin) to Rex. They are again attacked and chased by Rex's agents but escsped and are rescued by Felix Laranga (Luis Guzmán), a local smuggler who idolizes Pluto Nash. They infiltrate Rex Crater's casino/hotel.

Pluto finally confronts Rex Crater, who reveals himself to be a clone of Pluto, that he has killed both Marucci and Runa and established his own criminal enterprise. When his henchmen arrive, Rex kills them for their incompetence. He and Pluto then fight, Rex is thrown through a window and dies. The movie ends in a celebration at the rebuilt Club Pluto with Nash as the owner.

CastEdit

  • Eddie Murphy as Pluto Nash, a retired smuggler and ex-convict, who deals in animals, clothing and drugs. After leaving prison, he buys a club from Frankowski and Exodus success which prompts extortion threats from mysterious villain Rex Crater.
    • Murphy also portrays the villain Rex Crater, Pluto Nash's clone created by Marucci
  • Randy Quaid as Bruno, an old, inferior 63 Deluxe model android and Pluto's childhood friend, also his smuggling partner.
  • Rosario Dawson as Dina Lake, an aspiring singer from Salt Lake City who is stranded on the moon, who asks Pluto for help finding a job to earn money for a ticket back to Earth.
  • Jay Mohr as Anthony Frankowski/Tony Francis, a former Polish singer who owned a washed-up polka club.
  • Peter Boyle as Rowland, a retired police detective with connections to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an old friend of Pluto and Pluto's mother.
  • Luis Guzmán as Felix Laranga, a smuggler from Puerto Rico, deals in animals and contraband casino chips and dice.
  • Joe Pantoliano as Mogan, one of Rex Crater's henchman.
  • James Rebhorn as Belcher, Rex Crater's assistant.
  • Pam Grier as Flura Nash, the mother of Pluto Nash.
  • John Cleese as James, the holographic chauffeur of the limousine that Pluto hijacks.
  • Burt Young as Gino, a mobster that nearly killed Tony Francis.
  • Lillo Brancato as Larry, a mobster that nearly killed Tony Francis
  • Victor Varnado as Kelp, one of Rex Crater's henchmen.
  • Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Miguel
  • Rami Malek as Kester Moorhouse
  • Illeana Douglas as Dr. Mona Zimmer, the operator of a cosmetic surgery station.
  • Alec Baldwin as Michael Zoroaster Marucci (uncredited), the mobster who created Rex Crater to be his public face.[2]

ProductionEdit

The film originated in the mid-1980s. The script went through numerous revisions and production finally began in April 2000, and wrapped up in September 2000. Upon completion of filming, it sat on the shelf for two years, finally being released in August 2002.

At one point, Jennifer Lopez was cast for the role of Dina Lake in this film, which she eventually turned down. Rosario Dawson was cast in her place.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

The film was a huge failure in terms of critical reception, being panned by critics and moviegoers alike. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 79th in the 100 worst 2000s decade movies list,[3] with a rating of 4% based on 87 reviews. The critic consensus states, "The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb."[4] On Metacritic, it holds a 12 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, meaning “overwhelming dislike”. The majority of critics lambasted the movie for its acting, dialogue, lack of humor, and crude special effects.

Pluto Nash was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards in 2003 including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Eddie Murphy), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple (Murphy and himself cloned), but failed to win any. It was later nominated for Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years at the 25th Golden Raspberry Awards in 2005, but lost to Gigli.

Eddie Murphy poked fun at himself in an interview with Barbara Walters, saying: "I know the two or three people that liked this movie."[5]

Box officeEdit

The Adventures of Pluto Nash was a massive box office bomb, with its budget was estimated at $100 million (with marketing costs of $20 million) and domestic box office $4,420,080 and $2,683,893 overseas. It had a total worldwide gross of $7,103,973.[6] In 2014, the Los Angeles Times listed the film as one of the most expensive box office flops of all time.[7]

The film performed better on DVD, with US DVD rental gross of $24,983,000, but is yet to be released on Blu-ray.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pluto Nash at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Jones, Beth (August 17, 2002). "'Pluto Nash': The future isn't funny". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, Virginia. Retrieved April 9, 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ Worst of the Worst Archived September 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Adventures of Pluto Nash".
  5. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (8 August 2013). "From Stealth to Cutthroat Island: 10 box office flops to rival The Lone Ranger". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "The Adventures Of Pluto Nash". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  7. ^ Eller, Claudia (January 15, 2014). "The costliest box office flops of all time". Los Angeles Times.

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