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Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Patrick Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an assistant and starts writing his first movie, The Man Who Got Away. It turns out to be an uncommercial picture chronicling the story of a truck driver who goes berserk, runs over a little girl and dies fending off a platoon of police officers. In making his film, Richard enlists the help of his father-in-law, Leo (Paul Malevitz), a washed-up former film director whose notable possession is a Rouault painting of a clown. Through Leo, Richard pitches his idea to the Man (Ernie Vincent), the chief executive of Mammoth Pictures who green-lights the project. Conflict inevitably arises when Richard's obsession for making the movie his way clashes with the Man. Other kooky characters include Richard's mother (Lynette Bennett), a former ballerina who lures her hirsute lug of a son into a comic pas de deux; Richard's sexually curious stepsister, Becky (Marilyn Rising), who seduces him; and his secretary, Laura (Emily Newman), whom he impregnates with a boorish indifference.
One of a kind - in a great way!
Patrick Warburton and Charles Willeford were made for each other - two talents that actively resist genre classification and defy expectations in the most entertaining way imaginable. Warburton's Richard Hudson is a single-minded force of nature, the chain-smoking embodiment of the popular quote, "I reject your reality and substitute my own." Even so, The Woman Chaser self-reflexively disproves its main character - great movies clock in at 90 minutes! Watch this film and be entertained!
A Hidden Gem
I've heard a lot about this movie from some critics I know (Double Toasted/One of Us, formerly known as the Spill crew, that's a plug), and how regretful they were that most people would never see this movie after it's limited debut at a few festivals. It made it to VHS, and after that nothing. It was off the radar. I finally see it on netflix, and it did not disappoint. I would count it among the many great films of 1999 (Fight Club, the Matrix, to name a few), which also tackled themes of identity and rebellion against corporate culture. It's incredible noir, unique score, astounding performace by Patrick Warburton and his supporting cast, it was well written, I loved it.