“Lions for Lambs” tracking poorly, may jeopardize MGM’s financing? Update: Film’s website touts rave review from … Daily Kos

posted at 11:35 am on November 2, 2007 by Allahpundit

The Post spots another anti-war bomb falling from the sky. Seems awfully premature considering that the film hasn’t opened domestically yet but the early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are not promising, with even the raves tossing around words like “talky” and “stilted.” Leave it to Redford to turn a war movie into My Dinner With Andre II. First they came for Rendition…

The initial negative reception to “Lions for Lambs” – the first movie to come out under Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s resurrected United Artists label – could harm parent studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s own attempts to raise money for film productions.

MGM had enlisted Goldman Sachs to raise between $500 million and $1 billion before the credit markets crashed this summer, and several sources confirmed that while the credit markets are still tight, the investment bank is again making the rounds for MGM.

But with “Lions for Lambs” – which also stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep – so far tracking the worst among audiences for any Cruise movie to date, the Nov. 9 release of the film is bound to dampen enthusiasm for MGM’s fund.

A spokesman for United Artists said “Lions for Lambs” was tracking where it should be given the amount of money the studio spent on marketing, with one-third of its core audience of males aged 25 and over claiming to be interested in seeing the film.

I’m trying to think of an anti-war flick that did well at the box office that was both depressing and boring. Platoon did well but wasn’t boring; Born on the Fourth of July did well but wasn’t (ultimately) depressing. The Deer Hunter was boring and depressing, but it also had those dynamite Russian roulette scenes with Christopher Walken to look forward to. How about Coming Home?

Update: All credit to Brain Droppings for catching this. A good marketer knows who his audience is.


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Well, there’s always video rentals of B movies

Kini on November 2, 2007 at 5:08 PM

All I know is that if it a movie that has or is presented by any one or all of these actors, directors, or a damned grip…I will boycot the movie…PERIOD ! They all should be arrested and tried as traitors.

oldelpasoan on November 2, 2007 at 5:23 PM

McCarthy was right after all.

gary on November 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

All I know is that they’re advertising the movie on IMAO, which makes it one of the best movies ever.

frankj on November 2, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Best English language anti-war film of all time- but not boring- is Kubrick’s WW I classic “PATHS OF GLORY”, based on a slim, fine book, with Kirk Douglas in the lead. (“RAN” is the best in Japanese, “Grand Illusion: the best in French/German.)

The second half of “Full Metal Jacket” should be made into 50,000 banjo picks.

The bootcamp first half is a great stand-alone film.

Vincent Donofrio’s best role.

(He is in a sleeper movie called “The Whole Wide World”, which is a bio flick of the short life Robert E. Howard, author of the “Conan” novels, and a must-see.)

profitsbeard on November 2, 2007 at 7:30 PM

Well, he’s kinda short. How extended could his range be?

Hahaha. I meant that in Born on Fourth of July he plays an emotionally confused character who doesn’t quite know what’s going on around him, in Minority Report, he plays an emotionally confused character who doesn’t quite know what’s going on around him, ditto Mission Impossible, Collateral etc. etc. He’s one of those actors, like Jack Nicholson and Tommy Lee Jones, who plays himself in every movie and as long as there are savvy casting directors still out there there’s no reason he can’t go on making good movies.

aengus on November 2, 2007 at 8:04 PM

Redford was ok in Three Days of the Condor, but other actors could have done as well or better in that part.

In All the President’s Men I got the feeling he thought he was having to dumb himself down to play the part…like I’m the smartest kid in the room.

Tom Cruise just team him up with Travolta and they can make a documentary called Weird Scientology.

CommentGuy on November 2, 2007 at 9:52 PM

Only Nam movie I liked even with the message was Good Morning VietNam.

CommentGuy on November 2, 2007 at 9:53 PM

I also like The Killing Fields but that is because I know some of the real people it was about so that taints my opinion.

CommentGuy on November 2, 2007 at 9:56 PM

They made an excellent effort with BlackHawk Down, but to many twisted it into their own message.

CommentGuy on November 2, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Call me crazy,but I liked the Green Berets,
John Wayne,the opening as to why the states were
getting invovled,and the liberal news journalist
that finally seen the light towards the end,and the
good (United States),against(evil-bad)North Vietnam.
I know the left called it a propaganda film,as if
they have a moral authority with film making now,
“Lions for Lambs”,is a pure politcal movie,its about
torture,and I don’t need a liberal lecture.

canopfor on November 2, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Nothing like a closeted gay midget doing an anti-American anti-war film, directed by an old, stupid, environmental whacko multi-millionaire to really get Ma and Pa excited to get out to the movie house.

They used to call this a turkey, but “Bomb” seems so much more appropriate.

Jaibones on November 2, 2007 at 11:35 PM