BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: Entertainment: Film
Front Page 
UK Politics 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Beatty film is costly flop
Town and Country has a strong cast
Town and Country has a strong cast
Warren Beatty's new film Town and Country is on course to become Hollywood's biggest film flop in recent history.

The film, which cost an estimated 63m to make, has taken a comparatively dismal 4m in four weeks of release and has now been pulled from US cinemas.

The comedy's poor performance, compared to its large budget, means that it has out-flopped John Travolta's panned sci-fi movie Battlefield Earth in 2000.

Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth was panned

That film cost an estimated 52m to make and, according to website Box Office Guru, took an overall 15m.

As well as Beatty, Town and Country stars Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Gary Shandling.

It tells the story of an ageing New York architect who embarks on a series of adulterous affairs with women considerably younger than him.


Critics in the US have been scathing about the film. The Los Angeles Times said: "(It) goes from inept to complete disaster, sinking from indifferent to fiasco in the blink of an eye."

The film took three years to make, during which production was hampered by actors dropping out and reshoots.

Town and Country
The film production was hampered by hitches

It is these factors that seem to have driven up the film's costs, rather than expensive effects or multiple locations.

Still, Beatty's film does have some fans. Bill Treadway from New York was full of praise, commenting on website Internet Movie Database.

"The most exciting new comedy of the year. Thank God for gems like this," he said.

"The film is beautifully photographed and the script works so nicely there is no feel of a troubled production here.

"Besides making us laugh, this film makes us think and has a resonance so few films have today."

Other notable film flops in recent times include the 1996 adventure film Cutthroat Island starring Geena Davis.

Davis plays a female pirate in a race to be the first to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

It cost 65m to make but took only 7.8m at the box office.

Town and Country is due for release in the UK at the end of June.

See also:

14 May 01 | Film
Travolta fishes for film hit
13 May 00 | Entertainment
Travolta's critical battlefield
20 Mar 00 | Oscars 2000
Hollywood salutes Beatty
04 Jan 00 | Americas
Beatty rules out run for presidency
13 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Travolta leads Raspberries race
31 May 00 | Entertainment
All Saints movie flops
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Film stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Film stories