The One and Only 1978 PG CC

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1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise engaged. But getting a job after college turns out much harder than expected; most directors take offense at his free interpretation of his roles. Desperate, he tries in wrestling. To avoid getting beaten up he stages the fights - and incidentally invents show-wrestling.

Starring:
Henry Winkler, Kim Darby
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

The One and Only

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Carl Reiner
Starring Henry Winkler, Kim Darby
Supporting actors Gene Saks, William Daniels, Harold Gould, Polly Holliday, Hervé Villechaize, Bill Baldwin, Anthony Battaglia, Ed Begley Jr., Peter Brocco, Brandon Cruz, Lucy Lee Flippin, Charles Frank, Chavo Guerrero Sr., H.B. Haggerty, Dennis James, Jean Le Bouvier, Ralph Manza, Ken Olfson
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This movie is highly recomended.
Kimigo
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
Gary Rivers
A very funny, wonderful cast, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martin Morris on June 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
An excellent comedy that will sure to make your sides ache. This is about an actor (Henry Winkler) that is out of work and cannot find an acting job. He meets, falls in love with, and marries a beautiful girl (Kim Darby). He finally does find work that is kind of along the lines of acting: he becomes a professional wrestler. There are the hillarious challenges of him having to explain not only to his wife, but also to his inlaws, the nature of his employment. You will enjoy The One And Only.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raymond B. Holder on July 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Fantastic Movie!!! I have waited a long time for this to come out on DVD. Henry Winkler at his best!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Blaha on October 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a cute light comedy about reaching for the stars. Henry Winkler is delightful in the lead as a young man who will become a "Star or a fireman". He wants to be an actor. He finds Kim Darby in college and takes her away from her yuppie boyfriend. He ends up in the wrestling game after meeting Herve Villechaize,another star in the making. "The One and Only" pokes fun at pro wrestling with out going over the top.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Rivers on April 30, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The scene at the dinner table of Henry Winkler doing his impression of James Cagney is sooooooo funny, especially when you consider that he's meeting his girlfriends parents for the first time, it'll have you rolling on the floor.........:). This movie should have been released along time ago on DVD. How about less slasher type movies on DVD and others of low quality and putting this great comedy on that format. Get this movie...you won't regret it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By viewer on May 17, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Please put this superb Henry Winkler classic on DVD so that humble people such as myself can afford it.Thanks!!!!!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ante Soda on February 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this one ages ago on a TV. I vagely remember it being a simple and warm comedy with a rather sobering ending. The reason it deserves a five-star grade is probably the best quote I've ever seen in any movie. There's this scene where his agent is trying to teach the main character (Winkler) some sense and he goes: Look, there are two kinds of people in this world: there are people who put the lamp- shades on lamps and the others who put the lamp-shades on their heads. You're in the second group.
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Format: DVD
When I had learned that it was the legendary "Gorgeous George" (George Raymond Wagner, 1915-1963) and his wife Betty who inspired those behind this movie, I was very eager to acquire and view this sweet little film on DVD. Well, the model that Gorgeous George set for the title role of Andy Schmidt (played by Henry Winkler) in "The One and Only" (which is what Andy likes to call himself, in the ring or in any other entertainment venue) is far removed in details from the real Gorgeous George. Andy is an eccentric fake as a wrestler, physically unfit for genuine wrestling; Gorgeous George, on the other hand, while not particularly imposing as a ring athlete, was, indeed, a skillful wrestler as well as a very amusing showman.

My familiarity with Gorgeous George`s way of professional fighting comes from the years of seeing him in the ring when my family (parents, siblings, and, on other occasions, my paternal step-grandfather, too) used to watch Gorgeous George on TV during the late 1940s onward. The film only approximates that milieu, but it is very amusing on its own terms.

Gorgeous George`s first wife Betty was a publically visible (and very pretty) part of his public persona, but Mary Crawford, Betty`s parallel in the film (played by Kim Darby) is shy, retiring, and of rather homely looks, rather than the publically visible companion to a celebrity wrestler as Gorgeous George`s lovely wife (née Betty Hanson) had been to some extent. Darby`s performance in the film, however, is almost as comical as Winkler`s, so, cinematically, it does not matter that much, does it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimigo on December 29, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This has been one of my husband's favorite movies, but is not played often on tv. When I gave it to him for Christmas we all watched it and the whole family had a ball. Henry Winkler is a classically trained actor so whatever he does, he does well. This movie is highly recomended.It is very funny.
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