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Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story (2009)

Eddie Izzard , Sarah Townsend  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Izzard
  • Directors: Sarah Townsend
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Salient_Media - Video Service Corp VSC
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VJVCN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story" on IMDb

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An intimate film about actor, writer, producer and comedian Eddie Izzard. BELIEVE documents Eddie Izzard s colorful and dramatic life and tells the story of his extraordinary trials and triumphs. From rare footage of Eddie as a child dreaming to one day perform in front of a live audience to his sold-out performance of a lifetime at the legendary Wembley Arena; this is a moving portrait of one of the most celebrated artists of our time.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will Believe! February 2, 2010
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For years Eddie Izzard has entertained my family and I both in his comedic performances and his film performances but never before have we seen this side of Eddie.

I saw Believe for free through Eddie, he posted temporary link via his twitter page and I have seen it several times. Believe is a wonderful and heartfelt look at the life of Eddie Izzard and I thought it was truly amazing. I really came to understand how Eddie comes up with all the great material and how a comedian works on a tour. *SPOILER* Believe touches on themes that are familiar to everyone and tugs at your heart strings, near the end when Eddie is speaking about his mother and mentions how he believes everything he has done was in an attempt to get her to come back, it connected with me, and others, and made me think of my own loss and how true his statement was. One woman even said "you kept me laughing even when I was so scared" and then I realized how many lives he has touched.

I have never laughed so much and yet cried so much all in one documentary, this is a true testament to hard work and never giving up. I finished this film and I believed I really could do anything if I truly believed. Thank you Eddie for sharing your incredible life with us, you are a truly stand up guy.

I hope the dvd has some good bonus features and I will update the review when my pre-order arrives. See this film and share it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring March 8, 2010
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This bio-doc is unlike so many others because Eddie is such an unusual and amazing person. The format was creative, if simplistic, but didn't deter from the message. Eddie's openness about his failures is striking - not glossed over, and not excused. He seems to find his stream of consciousness style of comedy almost by accident (the "Wolves" sketch is a gem!). Whether non-Eddie fans would find this DVD appealing is questionable, but Eddie fans will definitely appreciate it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch! March 7, 2010
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Eddie Izzard is one of my favorite performers (doesn't seem right to just pigeonhole him as a comedian) and "Believe" gives you a whole new insight into the man. It is funny, sad, touching and happy all at the same time. It is entertainingly done with great pictures, music and graphics.

This film is a true testament to Eddie's talent and drive.

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes Eddie Izzard and to anyone just looking for a really great documentary about a great, talented man.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've been a fan of British comedian Eddie Izzard for ten years now, ever since 'Dress to Kill' aired on HBO. His humor is both ridiculous and intelligent at the same time. When I vacationed in London with my family in 2000, I even picked up Eddie's autobiography. Little did I know that the year I purchased that book, Eddie's career had just taken a down turn in the UK and he had stopped doing stand-up. 'Believe', a documentary by Susan Townsend, covers Eddie's return to stand-up with the SEXIE tour while also giving us a overview of his career.

Eddie's mother passed away from cancer when he was very young and he admits several times in the film that his career as a performer springs from wanting to get attention and be loved. It includes clips of Eddie performing on the street with friends, his appearance at FRINGE comedy festival, and, of course, clips from his bigger productions from the late 90s.

This was extra fun for me to watch because I actually saw one of Eddie's "workshop" shows in New York when he was still working out the jokes in the SEXIE tour. I then saw him again during the official run of the tour in Washington D.C. so I know first hand how he takes an idea and evolves it into a part of his show; it's a very organic process for him.

This movie, along with Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian", should be required viewing for anyone thinking of going into the stand-up career track, or even just entertainment. If you're already a fan of Eddie Izzard, you MUST see this documentary. You really appreciate all the work and love he puts into his shows, and what a tenacious individual he is. If you don't know much about Eddie, it's still an inspiring film to pick up and see someone struggle for and achieve their dream.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening and inspiring! April 14, 2010
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I have been an Eddie Izzard fan for years and have enjoyed his special and intelligent brand of humor. I must say that this DVD took me by surprise. Izzards childhood and subsequent search for an outlet for his creativity is facinating! What a workhorse this man is...what humility....what heart! You have no idea what Eddie has been through until you watch this video...I have become an even greater fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Study on Eddie Izzard August 27, 2010
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In case you are looking for a standup comedy of Eddie's, then look elsewhere, because this is not one. Instead, this is a biographical study on his life. Indeed there are excerpts taken from his standups, even those from back in England before he started cross-dressing publicly; however, this is more of a biography with many interviews from people from his past, one even being Robin Williams whom Eddie sits down with to chat. In this biopic, the brilliant director delves into his past to explore where all his comic roots were born, and strikes a gold-mine's-worth of hardship and perseverance. Eddie did not have an easygoing life, beginning with the death of his mother, followed by boarding school, failed college ambitions, and a series of trials by fire in his comical development that eventually led to his success as one of the most renowned and beloved comedians today. If you are interested in learning more about what fuels Eddie's humor, drives him to success, and propels him to "Believe" in becoming more than just an entertainer, then this is a worthwhile biopic. His forceful spirit will impress you and the artful director's experimentally wondrous style will more than likely engage you. It was a bit lagging in certain areas leaving you wondering how long this movie really is, however it does possess its charms and if Eddie strikes a funny bone in your system, then prepare to "LOL" more than a few times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We Believe in Eddie Izzsard.
His "life story" was very interesting and because we are great fans of his we enjoyed learning things about him that we had not known before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by My Three Cents
4.0 out of 5 stars believe
It tells the story of Eddie Izzard. From the beginning to present day. Of the how's and why's of his present stardom. And also include is family and friends that he knew.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the story behind the funny man on stage
it is my opinion that the funniest comedians are smart, thoughtful and in some point in there life experience heartbreaking tragedy or losses.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars ...If you Believe like Eddie does...
I've always enjoyed Eddie Izzard's work and admired his courage, genius, authenticity, audacity and generosity. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lisa A. Rhyne
4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know who Eddie Izzard is..or want to know more about the...
I love Eddie amazing comic...and a very interesting person. This DVD gives you some look into his personal history and background, his upbringing, how he worked through... Read more
Published 10 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe is fantastic
I love Eddie Izzard. I watched this over and over on netflix before figuring I should probably just buy it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brandy Ann Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This was a truly inspiring video and gave you a very nice look into his life. He is extremely talented and I am glad that he has accomplished a lot for himself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elaine Otsuka
5.0 out of 5 stars For inspiring comedians
This is a great doco on the work it takes to be a successful comic, but also a great watch for comedy fans and movie buffs
Published 19 months ago by S. Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story- Great Entertainer
What a wonderful surprise. Special gift for my wife, big izzard fan. What a moving story and what an on-fire guy.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary on Eddie Izzard.
Love him and loved the story about him. Learned some things I didn't know about him. Would recommend it to all my friends who love Eddie, too.
Published 21 months ago by Joanne Stefano
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