George Gallo‘s The Comeback Trail (Cloudburst, 11.13) is a sardonic Hollywood farce that seems similar to Mel Brooks‘ The Producers. Directed by Gallo and co-written with Josh Posner, it stars Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, Emile Hirsch and Eddie Griffin.
Boilerplate: “Max Barber (De Niro), a film producer in debt to the mob, finances a badly written western in the hopes of the production killing its aging star, Duke Montana (Jones).”
Pic is a remake of a 1982 film of the same name, directed, co-produced and edited by Harry Hurwitz and costarring Chuck McCann and Buster Crabbe (in the Duke Montana role). Cameos by Hugh Hefner, Henny Youngman and Professor Irwin Corey.