Ed TV film still 1 Ed TV film still 2[A part of Video Stores in Films tribute.]

Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) used to be an unknown video store clerk but now is the talk of the town. He has his own TV show, as his whole life is filmed by a camera crew. Ed’s 15 minutes of fame is also good for his workplace, North Beach Video in San Francisco (a real video store which is closed now).

Ed TV film still 3His boss doesn’t seem so happy. Behind him, it’s the store’s “classics” section. Some of the films are: James Whale’s The Invisible Man (1933), Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931), Charles Lamont’s Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), Charles Barton’s Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949), Erle C. Kenton’s House of Frankenstein (1944), Don Siegel’s Coogan’s Bluff (1968), Fred Zinnemann’s The Day of the Jackal (1973).

Ed TV film still 4A close-up to the VHS tape of Alan Rafkin’s The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966).

Ed TV film still 5 Ed TV film still 6First customers of the day. The old Ed could treat them politely, but the new celebrity Ed can throw them out of the store. The reason is the name Burt Reynolds is not familiar to them.

Ed TV film still 7The film that Ed suggests is Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit (1977).

Scenes from Ron Howard’s Ed TV (1999).


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