Lady Magdalenes (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Lady Magdalenes (2008)
  • Rate: 3.4/10 total 373 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Music | Romance | Thriller
  • Runtime: 116 min | USA:116 min (2009 cut)
  • Filming Location: Front Sight Resorts, Nevada, USA
  • Budget: $525,000(estimated)
  • Director: J. Neil Schulman
  • Stars: Nichelle Nichols, Ethan Keogh and Susan Smythe
  • Original Music By: Daniel May   
  • Soundtrack: Caprice No. 24
  • Plot Keyword: Brothel | Al Qaeda | Tax Default | Nevada | Homeland Security Agency

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • J. Neil Schulman  writer

Known Trivia

  • The phone ring-tone used by Nichelle Nichols’s character, Lady Magdalene, is the Star Trek communicator sound used by Nichols’ character, Lt. Uhura, on the original Star Trek series.
  • During pre-production the Department of Homeland Security sent writer/producer J. Neil Schulman a letter denying the production permission to “any of the Department’s official visual identities” in the production. A few weeks later the DHS official who’d authorized sending the letter was charged with possession of child pornography on his computer. During the production Schulman complied with the letter by having a sign in the movie that was marked by graffiti to read, “Department of Homeland Sexurity.”
  • On a Sunday when the FBI building in Las Vegas was closed, Schulman drove onto an empty parking lot attempting to film a plaque outside the building honoring FBI agents. Schulman and an associate producer were detained for over two hours in the FBI parking lot, and the camera’s tape and memory card were erased before it was returned.
  • British actor Mark Gilvary played two roles in Lady Magdalene’s – an FBI special agent and the Director of al Qaeda – and almost nobody seeing the film has recognized Mark as having played both parts. Gilvary ordinarily speaks in a Scottish accent. In Lady Magdalene’s, where he played two roles, all his dialogue was performed either in an American accent or an Arabic accent. After living at the crew hotel for over a month, Gilvary approached a desk clerk he’d become friends with in full Arabic costume and make-up, and speaking to her with an Arabic accent. The hotel clerk didn’t know who he was until after ten minutes conversation Mark told her.
  • Actress Claudia Lynx celebrated her birthday on location during the filming of Lady Magdalene’s … and blew out the candles on her birthday cake right after shooting a scene in which her character was murdered.
  • Alexander Wraith did all his own stunts during the filming of Lady Magdalene’s, including riding one of the world’s longest zip lines, a 75-foot jump out of a tunnel stopped only by a safety-line, and stunt driving.
  • During the first zip line stunt Alexander Wraith got tangled up with stunt cameraman Joe Perez and the two of them spun around out of control. A year after this stunt someone else died on this same zip line when he crashed into the ladder truck intended to bring him down.
  • Contrary to reviewers who have thought this was a green-screen jump, Alexander Wraith twice jumped backwards out of a tunnel mouth stopped only by a safety line held by crew members. The distance to the ground was 75 feet. On his second jump Alex was stopped only three feet from the ground.
  • Because the first zip-line stunt ended up with Alexander Wraith tangled up with stunt cameraman Joe Perez, the stunt needed to be re-shot on the last day of filming. Alexander Wraith needed to catch a plane that morning from Las Vegas to Newark in order to make an audition that afternoon in New York City. The shot seen in the movie of an SUV speeding away from the zip line was Alex’s real ride to the airport … and when Alex reached Newark he needed to ride his motorcycle through rush-hour traffic to make it to his audition on time. (He did.)

Plot: In this action comedy, Jack Goldwater, an IRS agent on loan to the Federal Air Marshal Service, is relieved… See more »  »

Story: In this action comedy, Jack Goldwater, an IRS agent on loan to the Federal Air Marshal Service, is relieved of field duty after insulting a powerful U.S. Senator, and finds himself exiled to a humiliating desk job in Nevada as the federal receiver managing a legal brothel in tax default, where — with the help of the brothel Madam, Lady Magdalene — he uncovers an Al Qaeda plot to unload a nuclear-bomb-sized crate at Hoover Dam.Written by J. Neil Schulman  

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Synopsis: After a prostitute’s murder, in this offbeat comic thriller, Jack Goldwater, a disgraced federal agent, buddies with Nevada brothel Madam, Lady Magdalene (Nichelle Nichols), to unravel an al-Qaeda plot.

Start with Star Trek’s original "Uhura," Nichelle Nichols, in the title role as a New Orleans madam who after the hurricanes moves to Pahrump, Nevada — where’s brothels are legal — and who — behind the camera — exec produced, wrote and performed original songs on the soundtrack, and did the film’s choreography.

Add in a plot-twisty screenplay by award-winning novelist, libertarian journalist, and Twilight Zone screenwriter, J. Neil Schulman, who not only directed the film and wrote original songs for the soundtrack but played the supporting role of an American al Qaeda terrorist.

Mix well with a fresh cast of talented actors including alumni of the Groundlings and the London Drama Centre; a gorgeous Shakespearean actress whose hobbies include collecting swords; a stunning Persian pop superstar; a Calvin Klein male model who did all his own stunts; a Miss Teen All American (a title previously held by Halle Berry), and an actual Nevada "working girl" …

And you end up with a one-of-a-kind independent film, defying all genre classification, which the producers have referred to as "a Jerry Bruckheimer tentpole made on an Ed Wood budget."

Following its February 2008 world premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival Lady Magdalene’s won the festival’s award for "Best Cutting Edge Film."

After its September 2008 screening at Universal City’s Cinema City International Film Festival Lady Magdalene’s producers walked away with the statuette for Audience Choice.

If you’re looking for a movie with a topsy-turvy plot you haven’t seen a million times before, dialogue you might actually have to think about before you laugh, and an eclectic musical score, this might be the movie for you.

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Produced By:

  • Sky Douglas Conway known as consulting producer
  • J. Kent Hastings known as associate producer
  • Randall N. Herrst known as associate producer
  • Pierre Lorillard known as line producer
  • Nichelle Nichols known as executive producer
  • Sascha Schneider known as consulting producer
  • Betty Schulman known as co-executive producer
  • J. Neil Schulman known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nichelle Nichols known as Lady Magdalene / Maggie, Singer
  • Ethan Keogh known as Jack Goldwater
  • Susan Smythe known as Angel
  • Claudia Lynx known as Scheherazade
  • Alexander Wraith known as Yassin Salem
  • Mark Gilvary known as The Director & FBI SAC Broderick
  • J. Neil Schulman known as Ali the American
  • Said Faraj known as Gamal Hosny
  • Mara Marini known as Nurse Gretchen
  • Vince Martorano known as IRS Agent Lewis Heinlein
  • Hope McBane known as Sinead
  • Michele Redmond known as Eden
  • Keyaria Rodriguez known as Pixie
  • Angela Rosiek known as Senator Red Kensington
  • Ron Czechorosky known as Mark Allred
  • Rahn Coleman known as Meriwhether
  • Kandi Blick known as Rangemaster Sally Collins
  • Adam Meir known as Khalid Abdel Bassit
  • Marian Michaels known as Senior Flight Attendant
  • Thomas M. Sipos known as Muhammad
  • Dargin McWhorter known as Cadillac Jack
  • Paul Guay known as Ted
  • Tom Slaughter known as Himself
  • Betty Schulman known as Grandma
  • Scott Kelly Galbreath known as The President
  • Anthony L. De Meo known as Nye County Sheriff Anthony L. De Meo
  • Andrew Alberti known as Samuel Weber
  • JoAnne Alberti known as Kitty Weber
  • Elisa 'LeeLee' Arias known as Cheating Sister (Barry Spanker Show)
  • Dan Bighaus known as Dancing Elvis
  • Renard Blanc known as Caregiver
  • Dan Devine known as Cheating Husband – Barry Spanker Show
  • Alice Eychaner known as Airplane Passenger
  • Justin W. Hill known as Casino patron
  • Alvin Jones known as Barry Spanker
  • Naomi Kline known as "Tell it sister!" Lady
  • Brad Linaweaver known as Voice on TV News (voice)
  • Tommye Murphy known as FBI Special Agent Thomas McGuire
  • Stephen Nelson known as Man in Casino / Man at Salad Bar
  • Soleil O'Neal-Schulman known as Say Cheese girl, Singer
  • Barack Obama known as Himself – Voice on TV News (voice) (archive footage)
  • Michael 'Tigger' Paul known as Bouncer #1 (Barry Spanker Show); Guitarist
  • Joe Perez known as BLM Security Officer Francisco Ballve
  • Ron Provencal known as Secret Service Agent
  • Inessa Pasternak Slaughter known as Devoted Wife (Barry Spanker Show)
  • Vita Smutko known as Call 911! blonde in hot tub
  • Joe Willett known as Bouncer #2 – Barry Spanker Show

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Aubrey Jensen known as assistant makeup artist
  • Alex Noble known as makeup supervisor

Art Department:

  • Bianca Butti known as set dresser
  • Simon Keiland known as art assistant
  • Brett H. Knowlton known as lead man
  • Nicole Ruby known as set dresser

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Production Companies:

  • Jesulu Productions

Other Companies:

  • Front Sight Firearms Training Institute  'location services/firearms trainers/firearms & ammunition/firearms propmasters
  • Autumn Entertainment  trailer
  • Leavitt Talent Group  filmmakers representation
  • Air Hollywood  airline set
  • V.E.R.  camera equipment provided by
  • Great Western Caterers  catering
  • J.R. Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Star Waggons  trailers
  • NPI Production Services  production accounting
  • Acordia of California  production insurance
  • Law Offices of Elsa Ramo  production legal
  • Media Artists Group  producers rep

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Special Effects:

  • Fuzzy Logic Productions

Visual Effects by:

  • J. Kent Hastings known as captions & credits
  • J. Kent Hastings known as digital compositor
  • J. Kent Hastings known as digital effects artist
  • Bob Lloyd known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 2 February 2008 (San Diego Black Film Festival) (premiere)
  • USA 3 April 2008 (Backlot Film Festival)
  • USA 14 August 2008 (The Cinema Festival, West LA College)
  • USA 30 September 2008 (Cinema City International Film Festival)
  • USA 18 April 2009 (Xanadu Las Vegas)
  • USA 15 October 2010 (Hollywood Xpo)
  • USA 22 June 2011 (Lancaster Porcupine Freedom Festival)
  • USA 16 July 2011 (Las Vegas Anthem Libertarian Film Festival)
  • USA 9 September 2011 (Las Vegas Neon Reverb Film Festival)
  • USA 22 October 2011 (YouTube)
  • USA 31 October 2011 (Nevada)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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