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Cry Macho

Cry Macho

Cry Macho is an unproduced drama-thriller film that was to be based on the 1975 novel of the same name [1] by N. Richard Nash. The film was to be produced by Academy Award-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy and directed by Brad Furman. [2] However, as a result of disruption in the personal life of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, plans to go on production in September 2011 have been put on hold.

Cry Macho
Directed byBrad Furman
Produced byAlbert S. Ruddy Bill Block
Written byN. Richard Nash
Based onCry Macho by N. Richard Nash
CountryUnited States


A horse trainer, who is having temporary troubles, is hired by his former boss to travel to Mexico to kidnap the latter's young son from his ex-wife.

Production development

The film Cry Macho is based on the 1975 novel of the same name, which originated as a screenplay by writer and dramatist N. Richard Nash entitled "Macho."

After the 1972 Broadway failure of his play Echoes, Nash wrote a screenplay entitled "Macho" which he could not sell. [3] In overcoming his initial failure to sell the screenplay, Nash notes,

It occurred to me to do a quick novelization.

I got a $10,000 advance and completed it as Cry Macho in two weeks.

It got surprisingly good reviews and the instant they appeared, three studios, all of which had rejected the screenplay, started to bid for this awful, little thing.

I sold the rights to one.

When they asked me to do the screenplay, I gave them what they had rejected -- didn't change a word -- and they loved it!


The first attempt to film the movie Cry Macho began in Mexico in April 1991 with *Jaws * star Roy Scheider in the lead role. [4]

In the summer of 2003, entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency cited Cry Macho as potential film work for their client, Arnold Schwarzenegger. [5] Schwarzenegger's close friend Al Ruddy was noted as the potential producer of the independent project. [6] However, about the same time, Schwarzenegger was telling others that he would give up his movie career to run for Governor of California. [7] Schwarzenegger subsequently was elected Governor of California on October 7, 2003. [8]

The domain name crymacho.com was created on March 28, 2008 and updated on March 29, 2011. [9] Three days later, on Friday April 1, 2011, Schwarzenegger announced through an interview published by *Entertainment Weekly * magazine that his first film role since serving two terms as California Governor would be the lead in Cry Macho. [1] However, about a month and a half later, plans to go on production in September 2011 with Brad Furman as director were put on hold as a result of disruption in Schwarzenegger's personal life. [2] [1]


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