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Overnight (15)



Review by: Jack Foley | Rating: Two

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes. Theatrical trailer. Alternate ending. Mark Brian Smith and Troy Montana interview on Backstage with Barry Nolan. Scene selection.

TROY Duffy could have been a contender - but for a self-destructive arrogance that alienated just about everyone around him.

In 1997, the scruffy, blue-collar bartender was plucked from obscurity when Miramax offered him $1 million for a screenplay.

Overnight, Duffy went from relative unknown to one of the hottest prospects in Hollywood, making the cover of numerous magazines and reportedly securing a promise from Miramax's co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, that he would help purchase the bar where Duffy worked.

There was even talk of a lucrative record deal for Duffy's band, comprised of friends, that would have seen them make history.

Yet success proved elusive largely because of Duffy's colossal egotism, which placed him at odds with just about everyone around him - from his closest friends and family, to major league players within the film and music industry.

Overnight, the documentary, charts Duffy's slow fall from grace in painstakng fashion, having been filmed by two of his closest collaborators.

It chronicles the foul-mouthed arguments he had with casting agents and producers; the money wrangles he continually had with friends, and his own out-of-control egotism that contributed largely to his downfall.

Duffy was convinced he was put on the planet to serve a higher purpose; that he was capable of achieving something that no one else had done before.

He believed he was special and damn-near untouchable and had no qualms about 'going to war' with the Hollywood elite - no matter how powerful the people lined up against him.

For potential film-makers, or anyone with an interest in the machinations of the film industry, Overnight provides a compelling insight into the thin line that exists between success and failure.

It shows how the Hollywood machine can break a person just as quickly as it can make them and proves that success isn't always guaranteed even when it's right in front of you.

Thanks to Overnight, Duffy's tale will not be forgotten, even though his movie has been.

The documentary, directed by Tony Montana, serves as an excellent cautionary tale for anyone seduced by the lure of fame - check your inner monster first, as that could be your biggest chance of failure.

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