Hollywood Ending


Hollywood Ending‘ is the 32nd film written and directed by Woody Allen.

Another light comedy, Allen returns to Hollywood’s abuse of art as a victim of his barbed wit.

Woody Allen stars as Val Waxman, a director past his prime who is given a second chance by his studio executive ex-wife Ellie (Téa Leoni) to make a new film. Unfortunately he is struck by blindness – but it might not be the problem that ends his career.

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Cast & Crew

  • The first of three films with Allen for Erica Leerhsen. She would go on to appear in Anything Else and Magic In the Moonlight.
  • Haskell Wexler was originally slated to be cinematographer, but was fired after a week. He was replaced by Wedigo von Schultzendorff.


  • This film, with its famous last line praising the French, opened the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Locations (show map)

  • Filmed, once again, in New York City.




  1. There are a couple of British critics who rank Hollywood Ending as Woody Allen’s worst movie. Apparently they don’t have a sense of humor because it is a very funny film. How could they have missed the humor behind the idea of shooting a deodorant commercial during a Canadian blizzard or that a movie director attempts to make a movie blind?

    Did these critics find no humor is casting George Hamilton in this picture? And what about hiring a Chinese director who can’t speak English?

    Maybe it isn’t one of his best films, but it is still a treat to watch and it has plenty of gags to make it worth seeing again.

    1. I completely agree. This is often ranked as one of his worst films, but I watched it recently for the first time and instantly fell in love with it. Easily one of the funniest movies I’ve seen recently.

  2. I have to agree with the critics on this one. It really was a major effort sitting through till the end. The supporting actors were so bad. They seemed to be just going through the motions with not conviction what so ever. George Hamilton in particular is awful. The plot revolved around one joke that wore thin very quickly. The jokes are few and far between. The whole premise is that no one spots that he is blind and then his son ( who for some unknown reason is crow barred into the plot) not only spots it straight away but diagnoses it as psycho-somatic??Definitely one of his worst films.

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