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Jealousy and intrigue, on and off the set of a popular daytime soap opera. Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) is the neurotic diva of "The Sun Also Sets," but her popularity with the show's fans does not extend to her relationships with her envious co-stars. Sultry Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) has set her eyes on the soap's top spot, and she even offers to sleep with the show's nervous young producer if he'll have Celeste written off the program. In a moment of inspiration, the horny executive decides to bring Talbert's hated ex-lover, Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline), back onto the series, with the hope of driving the fragile star to an early retirement. The fact that Anderson's character was decapitated in an earlier episode is seen as a difficult, but not insurmountable, obstacle.
Michael Hoffman - Director
Cathy Moriarty - American Actress
Whoopi Goldberg - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Caryn Johnson - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
John Tesh - Composer/TV Anchor
Elisabeth Shue - American Actress, LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995)
Sally Field - Oscar-winning actress, NORMA RAE, PLACES IN THE HEART
Robert Downey Jr. - American actor, CHAPLIN (1992), IRON MAN (2008)
Kevin Kline - Actor, SOPHIE'S CHOICE
Garry Marshall - American Director/Producer, BEACHES
Garry K. Marshall - American Director/Producer, BEACHES
Gary K. Marshall - American Director/Producer, BEACHES
Gary Marshall - American Director/Producer, BEACHES
Carrie Fisher - American actress, STAR WARS, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
A hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the lives and loves of the cast of a fictional soap opera, "The Sun Also Sets."
Shot in Technicolor and Panavision. Stephen Nichols, an actor on the daytime drama "Santa Barbara", appears as himself in the film. The name of the fictional soap opera is, "The Sun Also Sets" -- which is a take-off on the title of Ernest Hemingway's first novel, "The Sun Also Rises". It could also allude to various soap opera titles, "As the World Turns" and "Days of Our Lives" among them.
"...Inspired lunacy....It's a kick to see Fields sending up her sweetheart image..." - 06/27/1991 Rolling Stone, p.77-8
"...Often side-splitting....[Kline] proves himself to be an utter delight..." - 05/31/1991 New York Times, p.C10
"...SOAPDISH provides a Field day for Sally..." - 05/31/1991 USA Today, p.4D
"...A spirited and amusing comedy....[Hoffman] has kept SOAPDISH moving at the crackling pace this kind of material demands..." - 05/31/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F1