The Amateurs

The Amateurs, originally called The Moguls, is a 2005 comedy film written and directed by Michael Traeger and starring Jeff Bridges.[3] The story revolves around six friends in a small town in the United States who decide to make a full-length amateur adult film.[4]

The Amateurs
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Traeger
Produced byScott Kroop
Adam Merims
Scott Strauss
Written byMichael Traeger
StarringJeff Bridges
Tim Blake Nelson
Joe Pantoliano
William Fichtner
Ted Danson
Patrick Fugit
Music byNic. tenBroek
CinematographyDenis Maloney
Edited byRaúl Dávalos
Distributed byFirst Look Studios
Release date
  • February 2005 (2005-02) (Santa Barbara Film Festival)[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$64,253[2]

The film was released under the title The Moguls in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2006. The film was released under the title The Amateurs and opened in limited release in the United States on December 7, 2007.


Six friends come together to try to find fame and fortune by making the world's most innocent adult movie ever made. Although they have literally no idea what they're doing, they keep at it and are determined to accomplish their matter what gets in the way.

After the clueless crew finally completes the film, they screen it for the first time at the local bar. The brother of a girl whose scene ultimately was not used (besides some brief shots of her face) barges in, takes the reel off the projector, covers it in whiskey and sets it aflame.

It is revealed that this was the only print they had and that all their work has been lost. However, the cinematographer had been videotaping the entire production process on mini DV tapes. He then edits these down into a completely innocent documentary, minus the nudity and sex scenes, about the trials and tribulations of making (and then losing) their original film. This new version is released as the titular The Amateurs which becomes a critical and financial success on the independent film circuit.


Actor Role
Jeff Bridges Andy
Tim Blake Nelson Barney
William Fichtner Otis
Joe Pantoliano Some Idiot
Patrick Fugit Emmett
Isaiah Washington Homer
Steven Weber Howard
Ted Danson Moose
Jeanne Tripplehorn Thelma
Glenne Headly Helen
Tom Bower Floyd
Lauren Graham Peggy
Dawn Didawick Clara
Norm O'Neill Clara's Man
Alex D. Linz Billy


  1. ^ "A wasted effort for some film acting pros". Los Angeles Times. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  2. ^ "The Amateurs". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ Mark Deming (2015). "The Amateurs". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10.
  4. ^ "Jeff Bridges Is No 'Amateur'". CBS News. January 11, 2009.

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