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Most people will hardly find someone they have never seen before in this movie.

"Would it have been faster to say who isn't in this movie? Jesus, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of Hollywood!"

Any show, movie, etc., where the majority of the lead roles are played by big-name actors. They don't have to be A list. B, C, and even D will do, although in that case, relying on their talents is preferable to relying on their names. If the character list is really big, this can spill over into supporting roles as well.

In the days of the studio system, this was easy to do, but once actors' salaries started rising, this practice gradually declined. Compare the casts at the beginning of the Disaster Movie Era with those at the end of it.

These days, you'd either need a lot of money to pull this off, convince the actors that this is just a fun breather film or be willing to settle for loads of cameos. The exception is animated films, where stars are willing to get paid a lot less just to do voice work and the logistics and scheduling are easier.

A good way of being able to tell if it is an all star cast is by an examination of the theatrical poster, if it has more than five names listed on it it is usually big names.

Roger Ebert referred to films with All-Star Casts as "Box Pictures" due to the tendency (at least in the '70s) to display head shots of the cast in little boxes on the poster.

Compare Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Celebrity Voice Actor, and Dream Team. Contrast Amateur Cast. See also Supergroup (a music band formed from several members who were already famous for their musical ability).


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  • This was both a strength and a weakness of Super World Of Sports. It had several of the most popular wrestlers from New Japan Pro-Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling but not all of their fans were necessarily willing to jump ship, because they viewed Super World Of Sport's parent company, eyeglass manufacturer Megane Super, as a raider who was "stealing" talent and derailing shows they were enjoying. Despite overflowing with what should have been guaranteed draws it only lasted two years.
  • WCW is an oddly downplayed example, as it had the single greatest roster in the entire history of pro wrestling, only Super World Of Sports even came close, but it was dedicated to doing so little with the large majority of the wrestler's it contracted that having them all ultimately ended up being a colossal waste of money. There were at several points over 200 wrestlers on the roster with at least half of them having no planned television role or even house show bookings but still getting paid to not only sit on their hands and do nothing but get flown around the country/world while doing nothing when WCW traveled.
  • This was Ring of Honor's original business model. While it did have some contracted wrestlers, said contracts were very unprofessional to encourage an open door system. It was modeled after All Pro Wrestling's King Of Indies tournament, which similarly brought in wrestlers from all over the independent circuit, but to be on a monthly basis rather than an annual one. While a no show without notice from Ric Flair lead to ROH toning down this approach in favor of a larger, more tightly contracted roster of regulars, sister promotion SHIMMER stuck to the model, which Dave Prazak noted during Kimber Lee's entrance on volume 80.
    "I sound like a broken record, everyone's one of the best in the word, but it's true!"
  • This is perhaps the main reason Fighting Opera HUSTLE had a reputation for losing money despite being a very popular promotion. Quite a lot of that money was spent on all those world renowned professional wrestlers.(The other reason, of course, were HUSTLE's special effects)

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  • Many Muppet films from The Muppet Movie onwards have a variation: the Muppets themselves are the stars, but most of the human supporting characters and cameos are name performers. And the first three films even work in cameos from Sesame Street characters!

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  • Cranium Command, an attraction at EPCOT's Wonders of Life Pavillion, revolved around a "Cranium Commando" trying to pilot the brain of a twelve-year-old boy while balancing the demands of the various body parts. Said parts were played by an assortment of TV and film stars from The '90s, including Bobcat Goldthwait as the adrenal gland, Charles Grodin as the Left Brain, Jon Lovitz as the Right Brain, and George Wendt as the stomach.

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