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  • Actors: Brad Garrett, Michael Chieffo, Gretchen Egolf, Terry Farrell
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: CBS
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M8TM4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

very good

Customer Reviews

He was very funny but a real pompous one!
Ennui
Brad Garrett does a convincing job of portraying Jackie Gleason.
Amazon Customer
I don't know who you were trying to make a film about Howard.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on October 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Brad Garrett's portrayal of Jackie Gleason is so convincing that for most of this TV movie we forget it's a "TV movie", which tend to play a little superficially. My only criticism of his acting is that it lacked energy. He seemed to have paid serious attention to the Great One's mannerisms and expressions but once the cameras started to roll, he apparently forget to inject real bouyant Life into the mix.
I do not agree that Kristen Dalton's Alice is impressive. Audrey Meadows was a great actress who was also funny. Dalton's take is purely "feminist"-aggressive in the modern sense [not that there's anything wrong with that] but Meadows tempered it with the underlying, inescapable truth that she deeply loved this man. To use an over-used noun, Meadows' decidely ahead-of-her-time feminism was "nuanced" and filled with pathos. For the historians, it appears that her 1952 audition is not exactly scripted accurately here.
The movie ends with a 1980s interview, apparently based on the "60 Minutes" telecast. Garrett's Gleason says he wishes that he did another Honeymooners season. Although it's been written that Jackie did consider doing new episodes in 1959, most evidence I've read is that he was secure in closing down the spin-off (39) filmed shows: the ratings were disappointing *and* the quality was so remarkable that he knew another season could only bring disappointment.
Perhaps some mention should have been made of Gleason's *versatility*: his composing and conducting; drammatic acting, etc. If the producers wanted to focus in on the The Honeymooners first go-'round in the '50s, may I point out another omission: I feel that many fans do not know that Jackie did not win an Emmy for those "Classic 39" - it went to Phil Silvers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on February 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie and it captured the time period perfectly. Brad Garrett is in top form as Gleason and you truly get the essence of the man. My one complaint is that this movie really sanitized his life making the portrait incomplete. Gleason was known to be exceptionally generous and also could be unbelievably cruel, neither of which this movie conveyed in full form. But there is no gripe about the acting, which is five stars all the way around. But this film only scratches the surface of the life and complexity of the man who was known and loved as "The Great One"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Bell III on July 2, 2008
Format: DVD
The reviewer who said Gleason's life was sanitized was correct. I saw the entire miniseries on TV and it glossed over Gleason's hard drinking and his mean side.

Also, iirc, it glossed over Gleason's huge interest in UFOs. Gleason actually had a house built upstate that looked like a UFO. And Gleason swears that he was taken to Area 51 by Ike and saw aliens in a deep freeze.

A UFO house wasn't the only unusual thing Gleason built. Gleason was a notoriously heavy drinker - but could still quote Shakespeare when blotto - and hung out at Toots Shor's bar in NYC. When he started broadcasting from Miami Beach, he had the entire Toots Shor's bar dismantled, shipped to FL and rebuilt backstage at his set. He even had Toots Shor himself flown down to mix his drinks.

Gleason was quite a guy and Brad Garrett captures him well. But this show WAS definitely sanitized. The Great One would not be amused.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Zissimos on July 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Kristen Dalton, who plays the reporter girlfriend of USA's psychic Johnny on the popular show "the Dead Zone", is excellent in this film playing Audrey Meadows, the long-suffering wife of Jackie Gleason in the Honeymooners.

It is really an incredible job of acting by Ms. Dalton, and worth the price of admission to this particular film, which originated as an HBO Films project.

The film is doubly funny because all of the classic Honeymooner skits are played out in the film over and over again.

--MMZ
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GLEASON (2002), with Brad Garrett as "the Great One" and Saul Rubinek as his manager is a decent TV movie.
Despite Garrett's giant-sized height, he does a fine imitation of a legendary comedian.

This episodic 90 minutes covers Jackie Gleason's childhood, his years as a nightclub comic, then a failed Hollywood stint.
(One distortion is that Gleason's WARNER contract was voided during his debut picture, NAVY BLUES.)
A part in a Broadway revue led to Jackie signing with DUMONT for a planned variety show, CAVALCADE OF STARS.

Early in his "Cavalcade" run, Gleason came up with the idea for a sketch about a bus driver, his wife and upstairs neighbor.
THE HONEYMOONERS started as a 10 or 15 minute part of CAVALCADE, and it was the success of these stories about
the Kramdens and Nortons that led Bill Paley, president of CBS, to offer Jackie $11 million for a two season run.

Recreated moments from the half-hour "classic 39" Honeymooners episodes end the story.

Naturally Gleason's private life is also explored. His marriage when still an unknown,
two daughters, and a split with wife Jen over Jackie's constant infidelities are primary here.
There's also a few flashbacks to Gleason's childhood memories, pleasant and sad.

(NOTE: the actors playing Art Carney and Audrey Meadows are excellent look- and sound-alikes.)

Currently rated 6.8 at IMDb.
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