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Cry Uncle (1971)

Jackson Beck , Pamela Gruen , John G. Avildsen  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jackson Beck, Pamela Gruen, Allen Garfield, Devin Goldenberg, Marcia Jean Kurtz
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Allen Garfield, John G. Avildsen, David Odell, Michael Brett
  • Producers: David Jay Disick, Frank Vitale, Ian Merrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305281254
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cry Uncle" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Troma Intelligence Test 2
  • Tour of Troma Studios
  • Service Edge TV
  • Public Announcements
  • Tromaville Cafe
  • Interviews with Producer David Disick, Lighting Designer Ralf Bode & Production Assistant Steve Tisch

Editorial Reviews


"...a jaw dropping, gut busting descent into decadence. This is a black comedy that delivers." -- –Andrew Hershberger, E-film Critic reviews

"...a near-perfect movie. The writing and directing are first-rate," -- –Movie House Commentary

"...there’s something alluring behind the perversity." – Elspeth Haughton -- – Elspeth Haughton, Apollo Movie Guide

Product Description

DVD. Feature film. Stars Allen Garfield, Madeleine de la R oux, more. Audio commentary by dir. John G. Avildsen, more. Interviews, Troma Intelligence Test 2, tour of Troma Studi os, Edge TV, PSA's, Tromaville Cafe. 87 min. Rated R.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle! UNCLE!!! May 27, 2003
Well, they don't make 'em like this anymore. But then, did they ever?
"Cry Uncle!" is a real curiosity piece...a raunchy, sex- and naked body-filled detective yarn with decent acting, some genuine laughs, some amazingly tasteless scenes, and one brief bit of hardcore porn involving a 65-year-old man. Oh, yeah, and it was directed by the guy who would eventually bring you "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid."
It's not a bad movie. It's well-made, it looks great, and you have to admire the free spirits of the cast, particularly Allen Garfield, who, with his big belly, hairy back, and less-than-impressive, um, thing, is the least-likely adult movie star since, well, anybody. But it's hard to think of it as anything except a strange little blast-from-the-past, a curio from a time when an X-rated comedy featuring 30-something women and a fat guy had a chance at making some bucks in the theaters. Besides, it's ultimately totally harmless, and future-Troma President Lloyd Kaufman's performance is hilarious.
And yep, that's Paul Sorvino as the "smoking cop," who has one of the best lines in the flick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OUTRAGEOUS LUNACY.... September 5, 2002
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Ok, let's be up front about this right from the start. This movie is not for everyone. It's raunchy to the point of being ridiculous... but I like it. It's a detective satire/black comedy that pushes the buttons of taste to the NTH degree. And it's just plain funny. But be warned, it's not for kids (or even high school kids) way. It's "adults only" in all respects. The acting is good, it's fast paced and even delirious at times (after all, it was made during the "stoned age"---1971) but it is trashy and it was supposed to be. 70's underground fave Allen Garfield is in rare form (and I do mean "rare")....and there is a surprising face or two in this mix that you may recognize. But if full frontal nudity and dubious sexual activity offend you, steer clear of this comic farce. If you're the film buff who likes a good old raunchy romp, then you'll probably enjoy this. It looks great on DVD and Troma was the perfect source to release it. Thanks guys---you did good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind!!! July 10, 2002
If you like movies to resemble other movies you've seen, forget CRY UNCLE. It's in a class by itself.
I saw it in its original release - saw it more than once, I think. I saw something courageous about it. I still see it that way.
It's in a twisty-turny genre of its own: "Comic Porn Noir."
Allen Garfield grounds and centers it, gives it dignity, draws your attention to the fact that although there are a lot of nude women in it, CRY UNCLE projects love and respect for women.
The commentary is interesting too. Hearing that Peter Boyle and Rodney Dangerfield had been offered the lead role before Allen Garfield made me appreciate Garfield in the film even more.
Sacred cows mean nothing in CRY UNCLE so go into it with that knowledge - and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jake Masters (Allen Garfield) is a private eye detective hired by a wealthy man who is the prime suspect in the murder of a young starlet... It is Jake's job to find the real killer... He not only uncovers the case, but also a lot of hookers and call girls...

The misadventures are highly comic and include sexual intercourse, unintentional necrophilia, and sinister lesbians... The sexual overtones are stimulating and funny... They are used more to comment on the hypocrisy of society than to derive unjust profit...

There is a lot of soul in this film, especially in the performance of Garfield, who plays a very adorable investigator... Madeleine Le Roux is volcanic as the fiery blond who is as quick with a pistol as she is with her verbal assaults...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Offbeat Flick! March 17, 2010
John G. Avildsen, best known for directing "Joe," "Save the Tiger," and "Rocky," pokes fun at the formulaic private eye genre with his tawdry little comedy "Cry, Uncle," that skewers the shenanigans of the sleaziest private eye in cinematic history. Avildsen's protagonist Jake Masters qualifies as the most libidinous and pusillanimous character to come along in ages. Mind you, "Cry, Uncle" doesn't make allowances for all tastes. If full frontal female nudity as well as fellatio and necrophilia offend you, you should refrain from ogling this epic. The dialogue ripples with sexually risqué material, but Avildsen always keeps things amusing and lightweight. Compared with Robert Altman's better known spoof of private eye conventions in the 1973 Elliot Gould movie "The Long Goodbye," "Cry, Uncle" emerges as the more trenchant with its conspicuous but casual depiction of sex and its relentless ridiculing of its hero.

"Cry Uncle" opens with a narrator summarizing the story: "Somewhere on New York City's waterfront, private investigator Jacob Masters is about to take on the most bizarre murder case of his career, a case that will test the limits of his stamina, resourcefulness, and endurance." The compelling voice belongs to Jackson Beck. He voiced Bluto in dozens of "Popeye" cartoons as well as Lex Luthor in the Saturday morning TV series "The Batman and Superman Hour." The camera pans the cabin of a cruise ship where we first encounter Jake Masters. We see a beautiful woman's breasts bouncing as she experiences incredible sex with an individual framed off camera. The woman croons in ecstasy at the hero's lovemaking exertions until the telephone interrupts them. Jake lives up to the usual description of private eyes.
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