Entertainment: Rambo with a dog, Tom Sizemore Drogated and thirty dollars reported: the incredible story of the least profitable film in

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cinema Do you know the least profitable film in the history of cinema? It is really not a well -known film in France because it was not released in theaters: it is "Zyzzyx Road".

Have you seen this thriller released in 2006 with an improbable name (and ideal for scrabble ...) meeting the sweet name of ZYZZYX ROAD , signed by John PENNEY ? Nope ? No matter, you are in any case like the overwhelming majority of spectators.

It all starts when Leo Grillo, a delegate producer and actor of the future feature film, decides to shoot "a rambo with a dog". Only, he does not find an existing scenario on this subject and meets John Penney, who offers him that the story of Zyzzyx Road, or the more or less wild Odyssey of a criminal couple on the run with a corpse in the trunk 'A car, taking the path of a cursed road.

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"owl", thinks Grillo, "money can be used to finance my film project with animals". The shooting is therefore launched, with the real difficulty of the arrest of Tom Sizemore , suspected by the police for consuming drugs while it is probation. The incident is however without real impact, after a big fright for Grillo like Penney.

  Rambo avec un chien, Tom Sizemore drogué et trente dollars rapportés : l'incroyable histoire du film le moins rentable du cinéma © Juan Rico / Fame Pictures / Bestimage

When the film is released, Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl may come out with avirons and row like never to attract spectators to this small production of 1.2 million dollars, nothing does it.

projected in a single room and seen by six spectators, the film reports very officially ... $ 30, after its six days of operation in a Dallas room. For form and anecdote, other films have taken sacred slaps at the US box office. Like the terror / horror film SF Storage 24 for example. Released in 2012, he only picked up $ 72 ...

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That said, and to be more complete on John Penney's film, the story is a little more nuanced. The Entertainment Weekly site also published in 2009 a very interesting article on this subject.

  Rambo avec un chien, Tom Sizemore drogué et trente dollars rapportés : l'incroyable histoire du film le moins rentable du cinéma © Zyzzyx LLC

In reality, these famous sessions in Dallas were not supposed to be a commercial exploitation. They aimed to respond to an agreement with the Screen Actors Guild, which allows films with low budgets to pay the actors at a lower rate as long as the film benefits from a national release.

"We rented the room for $ 1000, [...] We paid for the room to project the film every day" explains Leo Grillo , who interprets the hero of the film, in the article of Entertainment Weekly . Regardless of the number of spectators, the important thing being that the film is screened. "From a legal point of view, we had one session a day. If a tree falls into the forest and no one is there, does that make noise? According to the laws of physics , no; but according to the laws of the Screen Actors Guild, the answer is yes ".

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