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THE COMIC


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  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Producers: Carl Reiner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F1FVLPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nina Wayne; Michele Lee; Pert Kelton; Cornel Wilde; Dick Van Dyke; Mickey Rooney

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Definitely one of my favorites!
Randy E. Halford
Also featured in this film is Isabel Sanford, Cornell Wilde, Steve Allen and Jerome Cowan.
kukalady
Loved this movie ever since I first saw it 40 years ago.
BRODY

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "lebep" on July 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have read reviews of this film both here and on other movies sites and have never come across such a mixed bag of opinons! Everything from a misguided interpetation that it's based on the life of Buster Keaton (which it is not!) to a review here of scenes that will haunt you (which they will). I also saw this film in the 70's and have been lucky enough to catch it again 15 years ago.
Van Dyke and Rooney do it and do it well. Some of the best scenes are the Comics' later years. The closing scene you will never forget, it has haunted me since the first time I saw this movie.
For those of you who can buy it over there, get it, you won't regret it. Unfortunately it just isn't available down here. Believe me I have searched high and low for years.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hook (hooks@harborside.com) on February 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film back in the 70's and i could not get it out of my mind. Without a doubt the best work Van Dyke has done. He and Reiner sculpt a film of unforgettable honesty & humor. This is a soft spoken study of humanity. I'd compare "The Comic" to "Chaplin" but for me more memorable in it's simplicity. About a silent film star forgotten with the years "The Comic" also creeps into film history "silently" as a Classic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Sanity Inspector on July 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A memorable composite biopic about a silent film comedy star who has trouble handling success, and then falls afoul of the advent of sound. The film quotes scenes from other famous movies. For example, the main character voices-over his own funeral, a la _Sunset Boulevard_. But it is a memorable production for its own sake. We follow the comic from success straining his marriage, to his star on the wane, to attempts at a comeback, until we leave him as a pathetic wreck, old and full of regrets, watching one of his old films on late night TV. Affecting stuff...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on May 12, 2010
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Like many reviewers, I saw this back around 1980 when I was 15 on television and never forgot it. This is a deep more-truth-than fiction tale about the life and times of Billy Bright. Dick Van Dyke (in what is undoubtedly his best performance) gives us a look at Bright (a semi-fictional silent screen comedian) whose life is loosely based on a composite of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel (Van Dyke's mentor), et. al. Van Dyke was greatly influenced by this genre of comedy and this film (written by Carl Reiner) is his tribute to them. We see the tragic fate of such comedians when silent comedy dies and sound films took over. Two scenes in particular stand out to me that I still remember after all these years: Van Dyke as the comic in a faux silent film playing a prisoner released from jail is as touching as anything Chaplin did at the time and where as an old man, the comedian sees a tv listing and eagerly waits until late night to catch one of his old films on television (a common practive in the pre VCR-DVD days).

AND SPEAKING OF DVD's, the number of people who were touched by this underground classic is considerable, based on the reviews here. So either Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, or anyone alive today connected with this film should BRING IT OUT ON DVD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BRODY on January 10, 2014
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Loved this movie ever since I first saw it 40 years ago. It's both funny and sad . A brilliant comic who lets selfishness and alcohol destroy his marriage and career . The story was based on a number of silent film comedians. I think it's the best thing Dick van Dyke ever did . Mickey Rooney is perfect as his fellow actor and only friend. This film has the most poignant final scene of any comedy ever made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JUNIOR on February 19, 2010
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VAN DYKE WAS FAMOUS FOR THE TV SHOW. THIS MOVIE WITH MICHELLE LEE MADE THIS OLD TIME MOVIE BUFF "CRY LIKE A BABY". THE END IS GREAT. AND SAD. THEY DONT MAKE EM LIKE THIS ANYMORE. STILL IN THE BUSSINESS SINCE 1969 AND NOT MANY MOVIES CAN DO THIS TO ME. TITANIC, WAS THE LAST AND MAY VERY WELL BE THE "LAST" ONE TO MAKE THIS OLD GUY CRY. IF THIS WERE ON DVD, I WOULD BUY IT IN A MINUTE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. on September 12, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
For years I made do with an old VHS copy of "The Comic," while I looked for a DVD version. Then I finally found it...but not here. Do a search in the DVD section of eBay. It's a no-region edition that they obviously get from foreign sources. I don't believe it's ever been out on DVD in the U.S. This DVD is not remastered, and is not quite as bright as the tape, but it's DVD-sharp and it plays just fine. "The Comic" is an underrated, neglected minor masterpiece. It is without a doubt the best acting Dick Van Dyke has ever done. If the ending doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart. This movie deserves a top-quality domestic DVD release. Until then, be aware that a DVD version does exist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Smith on August 31, 2012
Format: VHS Tape
What the hold up is? I've been waiting for years to get this on DVD. Get with it producers!!! This is a very good movie.
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