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USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, Allen Garfield, Bruce Campbell, Amanda Detmer, Daniel von Bargen, Catherine Dent, Hal Holbrook, Shawn Doyle, Gary Sommers, Brent Briscoe, Kris Andersson, Gerry Black, Karl Bury, Chris Carver, Frank Collison, Cliff Curtis, Jeffrey DeMunn, Corey Foxx, Gordon Hart, Brian Howe, Scotty Leavenworth, Brian Libby, Maudie Purcell, Craig Richards, Ron Rifkin, Mario Roccuzzo, Chelcie Ross, David Ogden Stiers, Robert Thorne, Jack Truman, Bob Wells, James Whitmore, Matt Wiens, Susan Willis, Bob Balaban
Director: Frank Darabont
UK: 152 mins
USA Rated: PG for language and mild thematic elements
UK Certificate: PG contains mild horror and language
USA Release Date: 21 December 2001
UK Release Date: 24 May 2002
"There are no heroes or villains. Only victims."
--Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey), a staff writer at HHS Studios in 1951, is an ambitious up-and-comer. His first produced screenplay, a 'B' movie swashbuckler entitled 'Sand Pirates of the Sahara', has just opened on a double bill with John Huston's adventure, 'The African Queen', at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
Not only is Appleton enjoying professional success, he has a hot starlet girlfriend, Sandra Sinclair (Amanda Detmer), the female lead in his big screen debut. However, life is full of 'what if's...'
What if Appleton were suddenly targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee for suspected Communist leanings uncovered during his college years?
What if Appleton lost not only his job and his girl, but his identity as well in a serious car crash in which the young writer developed amnesia?
What if Appleton, unsure as to who he really is, stumbles into a charming little town on Northern California's coast and is mistaken for one of the town's long lost World War II heroes?