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Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, Rosario Dawson
What happened: This one had all the trappings of a large-scale historical biopic player, with a hot actor in the lead, respected players in the supporting ranks and a visionary director at the helm. Yet somehow, the whole thing collapsed like a flan in a cupboard. Oliver Stone's take on Alexander the Great, which he had been keen to do for some time, ended up being a big Razzie contender rather than an Oscar contender, and 134 director's cuts later, it's still not what it could have been.