Ed TV


2h 2m 1999

Brief Synopsis

An avid tv watcher wins a contest and the following months in his life are chronicled by a camera crew, minute by minute. To begin with, video store clerk Ed welcomes the attention, and the show is saving the cable station that gambled on its success. But gradually, as his family and friends become celebrities too, Ed finds a downside to his fame. He becomes estranged from his brother, encounters the father who left his family years before, and rifts emerge between his mother and her husband.

Film Details

Also Known As
Edtv, En direct sur ed TV
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Satire
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; San Jose, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Synopsis

An avid tv watcher wins a contest and the following months in his life are chronicled by a camera crew, minute by minute. To begin with, video store clerk Ed welcomes the attention, and the show is saving the cable station that gambled on its success. But gradually, as his family and friends become celebrities too, Ed finds a downside to his fame. He becomes estranged from his brother, encounters the father who left his family years before, and rifts emerge between his mother and her husband.

Cast

Matthew Mcconaughey

Jenna Elfman

Ellen Degeneres

Woody Harrelson

Dennis Hopper

Charles Arthur Berg

William M Connor

Robert Pastoriza

Merrill Markoe

Wade J Robson

Sommer Saqr

Clint Howard

Mike Grief

Ian Gomez

Todd P Mccormick

Connie Campbell-gott

Zidu Chen

Marilyn Pittman

Ashley Clark

Adam Golberg

Mark Thompson

Martin Landau

Velina Brown

Diane Amos

Steve Kehela

Jen Moe

Joe Bellan

Jordan Harrelson

Don Most

Roberta Callahan

Sonia Bhalla

Crystall Carmen

Luke Esterkyn

Anna Karin

Azalea Stanley

Jim Meskimen

Mitzi Mccall

Mel Berger

Jo Mcginley

T J Tyne

King Alexander

Geoff Bolt

Rod Tate

Glenn E Schuldt

James Ritz

Louisa Marie

Michael Parsons

Tony Harras

Tom Turpel

Kathleen Marshall

Louie Mejia

Alberto Vazquez

Lombardo Boyar

Michael Moore

Tommy Samona

Lead Person

Dublin James

Marcus J Oliver

William Dance

Anita Morales

Daisy Clarke

Julie Rowen

Bill Maher

Charles Berg

Rick Overton

Ezra Stanley

Wendle Josepher

John Pirruccello

David Quane

Alexandra Holden

Michael Esposito

Gedde Watanabe

Merrin Dungey

Barry Wiggins

Todd Krainin

Scott Larose

Thomas Barg

Googy Gress

Bob Sarlatte

Rusty Schwimmer

Gavin Grager

Rainbow Borden

Vince Lozano

Harry Shearer

Larry Jenkins

Geoffrey Blake

Rolando Molina

Jay Leno

Himself

Elizabeth Hurley

Roger L. Jackson

Christian Kane

George Plimpton

Joe Mazza

Jason Kim

Sam Rubin

Arianna Huffington

Steven Shenbaum

Zeidy Martinez

Nathan Paul

Viveka Davis

Sun St Pierre

Mark Marking

Larry Flash Jenkins

Lowell Ganz

James Brooks

Anthony Jensen

Laurel Moglen

Gina Hecht

Cyndi Pass

John Livingston

Curtis Davis

Jennifer Elise Cox

Cheryl Howard

Eric Shinn

Jeffrey Schecter

Jenna Byrne

Matthew Morrissey

Brigitte Jacoby-baker

Rob Reiner

Veronica Moody

William Bagnell

Lydee Walsh

Chris Hogan

Brian Michael Erlich

Gail Boggs

Sally Kirkland

Sy Hearn

G Roger Abell

Lead Person

Jay Leno

Self

Todd Hallowell

Mark Wheeler

Azura Skye

Julie Rose Stevens

Crew

Donovan A. Scott

Visual Effects

Lee Adams

Song

Dr. Todd J Adelman

Medic

Elton Ahi

Other

Alfred Ainsworth

Video Playback

James Alden

Grip

Pedro Aleman

Driver

Michael Allegro

Driver

Glenn Allen

Assistant Editor

Eric Amundsen

Assistant Camera Operator

Mitchell Amundsen

Director Of Photography

Mitchell Amundsen

Dp/Cinematographer

Mitchell Amundsen

Camera Operator

Colin Anderson

Steadicam Operator

David Anderson

Song Performer

David Anderson

Song

John Anderson

Driver

Tammy Apana-dianda

Accounting Assistant

Audie Aragon

Best Boy Grip

Audie Aragon

Key Grip

Eddie Arkin

Song

Dave Arnold

Camera Equipment

Linda Arnold

Hair Stylist

Paul Ary

Electrician

Karen Asano-myers

Hair Stylist

Ruben Ayala

Song

Alice Baker

Assistant Set Decorator

Scott Baker

Electrician

William Ballard

Other

Lieutenant Jack Ballentine

Special Thanks To

Guy Barresi

Assistant Editor

Chad A Barrow

Grip

James R Barrows

On-Set Dresser

Jeff Barry

Song

Parker Bartlett

Camera Operator

Anthony Barton

Other

Ron Batzdorff

Photography

Art Bauer

Driver

Nick Beaird

Grip

Ken Bellanca

Driver

Steve Bellen

Assistant Camera Operator

Tim Bellen

Camera Operator

Daniel Berkowitz

Set Production Assistant

Andrew Bernstein

Assistant Director

Louis Bertini

Dialogue Editor

Sonia Bhalla

Set Production Assistant

Victor Biernas

Driver

Bill Biggerstaff

Other

Steven Birds

Driver

Fred C Blau

Makeup Supervisor

Jon Bon Jovi

Song

Jon Bon Jovi

Song Performer

Robin Bonaccorsi

Stunts

Malcolm Bordelon

Special Thanks To

George Borthwick

Grip

Merideth Boswell

Set Decorator

Sylvie Bouchard

From Story

Sylvie Bouchard

Story By

Phil Bowen

Assistant Camera Operator

Larry Boyd

On-Set Dresser

Julian Bratolyubov

Music

Dan Bronson

Costume Supervisor

Meredith Brooks

Song

James Brown

Song Performer

Kevin Brown

Electrician

Lisa Brown

Music Coordinator

Mayor Willie L Brown

Special Thanks To

Eva Burkley

Assistant

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Nancy Cabrera

Foley Artist

Brian Callier

Video Playback

Connie Campbell-gott

Camera

Rocky Capella

Stunt Coordinator

Caruso

Song

Jerry Casillas

Props

Tony Castagnola

Other

Chris Castaldi

Office Assistant

John Chaney

Driver

Aloura Charles

Other

Martin Charles

Graphic Designer

Ken Chase

Makeup Artist

Bob Chefalas

Rerecording

Desmond Child

Song

Dave Christensen

Lighting

Anthony Ciccolini

Sound Editor

Dennis R Clark

Driver

Eugene D Clinesmith

Assistant Camera Operator

Trey Clinesmith

Assistant Camera Operator

Dawn Clounch

Other

Dawn Clounch

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ed Cobb

Song

Richard Cody

Craft Service

Josh Cogswell

Accounting Assistant

Matt Cohen

Video Playback

Daniel Cohn

Assistant

Rick Colosimo

Grip

William M Connor

Assistant Director

Don E Cooke

Other

Michael Corenblith

Production Designer

Tom Cottrel

Stunts

Kevin Cross

Set Designer

Charlie Croughwell

Stunts

Ricky Cuevas

Accounting Assistant

Harvey Danger

Song Performer

David Darling

Song

Jack Davies

Other

Glenn R Davis

Key Grip

Phillis Davis

Transportation

Spencer Davis

Song

Steve A. Dayan

Location Manager

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Elena Del Rio

Costumes

Al Demayo

Rigging Gaffer

Lisa Dempsey

Stunts

Tchell Depaepe

Assistant Camera Operator

James R Dew

Animal Trainer

Thomas Dewier

Stunts

Neil Diamond

Song

Alan Disler

Assistant Camera Operator

Perry Dodgson

Sound

Perry Dodgson

Boom Operator

Danny Downey

Stunts

Dean Drabin

Adr Mixer

Stephen Duffy

Song

Gary Dunham

Assistant Camera Operator

David Dunlop

Director Of Photography

David Dunlop

Dp/Cinematographer

Rick Dunn

Visual Effects

Brent Eckstrand

Video Playback

Randy Edelman

Music Conductor

Randy Edelman

Music

Jon E Edwards

Set Production Assistant

Skye Edwards

Song

Robin Eichman

Special Thanks To

David Emmerichs

Camera Operator

Michael Esposito

Camera

Luke Esterkyn

Song

Jeanette Etheredge

Special Thanks To

Bruce Fairbairn

Song

Tim Falconer

Assistant Location Manager

Ralph Ferraro

Music Arranger

Jeff Ferrero

Lighting

Tom Ficke

Stunts

Jennifer Fishman Pate

Casting Associate

Mark O. Forker

Visual Effects

Douglas Fox

Property Master

Paula Frankel

Script Supervisor

Jennifer Freed

Post-Production Accountant

Wally Frick

Driver

Richard Friedlander

Main Title Design

Richard Friedlander

Assistant Editor

Gary William Friedman

Song

Lowell Ganz

Screenplay

Émile Gaudreault

Story By

Émile Gaudreault

From Story

Paul Godfrey

Song

Ross Godfrey

Song

David Goldstein

Other

Juan Jose Gonzales Reyes

Song

Scott Goodale

Props

David Goodman

Driver

Kelly Gordon

Song

Adam Gorgoni

Song

Charles T Gray

On-Set Dresser

Brian Grazer

Producer

Gavin Grazer

Song Performer

Al Green

Song

Al Green

Song Performer

Doug Green

Other

Bonnie Greenberg

Music Supervisor

Kimberly Greene

Makeup

Ellie Greenwich

Song

Edvard Grieg

Music

Mark Gustawes

Assistant

Todd Hallowell

Executive Producer

Dan Hanley

Editor

Edward T. Hanley

Costumes

Terence Harris

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Anita Hart

Stunts

Dana Hee

Stunts

Frank Helbig

Lighting

Michael Hill

Editor

John Hinkle

Other

Janet Hirshenson

Casting

Al Hobbs

Set Designer

Mabon Hodge

Song

Patrick R. Hoeschen

Other

Justin Holdsworth

Electrician

Nancy Honeycutt

Production Coordinator

Nancy Honeycutt

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ron Howard

Producer

Aaron Huffman

Song

Doug Hunt

Video Assist/Playback

April Y Hunter

Costumes

David Hyman

Assistant Director

China Iwata

Assistant Property Master

Askia Won-ling Jacob

Costumes

Bradford Jamieson

Electrician

Chris Jenkins

Rerecording

Jane Jenkins

Casting

Film Details

Also Known As
Edtv, En direct sur ed TV
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Satire
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; San Jose, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Articles

George Plimpton, 1927-2003


George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just VisitingThe Simpsons playing a professor who runs a fixed spelling bee! He is survived by his wife Sara Whitehead Dudley and four children. Michael T. Toole
George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just Visiting

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video August 17, 1999

Released in United States Spring March 26, 1999

Remake of "Louis 19: Le Roi des Ondes/Louis XIX: King of the Airwaves" (Canada/France 1993), directed by Michel Poulette.

Began shooting March 31, 1998.

Completed shooting July 16, 1998.

Released in United States Spring March 26, 1999

Released in United States on Video August 17, 1999