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.

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