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Windy City Heat

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"Windy City Heat" is a movie-within-a-movie--a real life "Truman Show." Perry's friends/tormentors/co-stars, Don Barris and Tony Barbieri, have been promising Perry a starring vehicle for more than seven years. Cameras record Perry's every move as he wins the lead role of "Stone Fury," a hardboiled "sports private eye" in a movie called "Windy City Heat." What Perry doesn't realize is that there is no movie called "Windy City Heat." Everyone from actor to PA is in cahoots to manipulate our susceptible, fame-hungry star. Adam Carolla and Actors/comedians Don Barris and Tony Barbieri have been laying the groundwork for this mother of all pranks for more than 10 years. "Windy City Heat" also stars Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly, Adam Carolla, Tom Kenny, William "The Refrigerator" Perry, Dane Cook and many other actors too obscure to mention. Bobcat Goldwait both stars and directs.

It isn't Candid Camera, it isn't Punk'd--it's The Perry Project. "Scary" Perry Caravello, an out-of-shape, fuzzy-haired, gravel-voiced extra thinks he's scored the lead in "sports detective" spoof Windy City Heat. Everywhere he goes, the fanny pack-sporting "Stone Fury" is followed by cameras, presumably for a DVD featurette. In actuality, he's the unsuspecting victim of an elaborate practical joke. Bobcat Goldthwait (Chappelle's Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live) directs both the real movie and the mockumentary, while Dane Cook puts in an appearance as casting agent "Roman Polanski" and Toby Huss as photographer "Ansel Adams" (all the fake names have real-world counterparts). Caravello's buddies, Tony Barbieri ("The Mole") and Don Barris ("Big Lou"), are members of the same cast...or so he thinks. In reality, they're in on the prank. In fact, they co-wrote the screenplay with producer Jimmy Kimmel. Reportedly, Eminem, Johnny Knoxville, and Fall Out Boy are crazy about this cult classic in the making, but the humiliating, off-color humor won't be to all tastes. Recommended more to fans of the cautionary documentary Overnight and Goldthwait's own Shakes the Clown than to Martin Scorsese’s more sophisticated, yet strangely simpatico King of Comedy. Along with "The Big Three," Comedy Central's Windy City Heat features Carson Daly, co-producer Adam Carolla (Kimmel's former Man Show co-host), Ernie Banks, and William "The Refrigerator" Perry. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Audio/video commentary by Perry Karavello
  • The Reveal: footage of Perry watching the film for the first time
  • Classic Big Three Moments: footage from 1992-present
  • Deleted and extended scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Perry Caravello, Don Barris, Tony Barbieri, Lisa Arch, Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Writers: Don Barris, Tony Barbieri, Jimmy Kimmel
  • Producers: Bobcat Goldthwait, Adam Carolla, Brad Morrison, Chris Fraticelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Windy City Heat" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Johnson on May 30, 2007
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Simply stunning that a film like this could exist. Simply stunning that a character like Perry exists. As mind-boggling as it is hilarious.

The real movie does not exist, yet in his commentary (done two years later), Perry talks about 'getting the role' genuinely as if it was all for real. Though he does also make reference to it being like a reality show, he still thinks most of the situations were for real (BTW, you have to check out Burt Ward's appearance in the commentary).

At least I don't have to feel bad for Perry about what they did to him. Hell, they gave him a wonderful ride. In an extra, we see him watch the film with Mole and Barris (this film, not the 'real' one), and he has a glimmer in his eye every time he his honored (i.e. 'getting the role' and being given an award by the 'President of Show Business'--in fact, he gets choked up seeing the 'President's' award in the commentary).

Knowing him so well for so long, I believe Don and 'Mole' knew what they could get away with without Perry either catching on or being crushed in the end. Which is apparantly ANYTHING.

He does seem to get a few things ('Roman Polanski,' Charlton Heston being fake, some of the pranks they played on him), but his thought to this day is that it was overall mostly genuine.

I am just glad to see that at the end of the commentary he feels his dreams were fulfilled. And Perry, if you are reading this: they were, my friend, they were...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Some Reveiwer Guy on April 10, 2007
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This is a great hoax. Don Barris, Jimmy Kimmel, and friends spent years playing pranks on their gullible friend Perry before they finally got the funding to play one of the most epic pranks ever on him. They succeed in making Perry think he is starring in a poorly written action movie. He's such a narcissist, he never suspects it is a prank. Unbelievably, he still seems to have trouble realizing the whole movie is a joke on him...or maybe the joke is on them since Perry actually did get to star in a movie called Windy City Heat! Since then, they've been continuing the prank, telling him Johnny Knoxville is going to play his role in Windy City Heat - Part 2.

For those who think the movie was staged, I have first hand proof of the star's gullibility. I e-mailed him through Myspace and offered him $5000 to host the opening of my new night club (I don't own a night club). He called me about 10 minutes later and left me a lengthy voicemail explaining how happy he would be to do it because he "needs a good gig."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason on October 9, 2006
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If one had to rate something merely on ambition, 'Windy City Heat' would, without question, deserve five stars. It is perhaps both the best and worst example of cinematic exploitation I've ever seen, and because I've become so desensitized over the course of my life, I commend the film far more for the former than the latter.

Now the question of whether this is 'real' or a [...] has come up, and frankly here's my thoughts on it: it's real, or at least, most of it is. If anyone is doubtful of this, they need but to watch the extra features on the DVD. Perry Caravello, the real-life 'actor' and the film's focal point for mockery, is indeed a real person. In 'Windy City Heat', he plays the role of himself, to us, the audience; to his deluded mind, he plays the role of 'Stone Fury', the star of a Hollywood action film in the making. Questions inevitably arise because, naturally, anyone with half a brain watches with utmost skepticism. Surely nobody in Caravello's position could be so ignorant of the events that take place? But, yes, somebody could -- Caravello himself. The story, as one becomes familiar with through the extra features, goes a bit like this:

The two guys who play Caravello's sidekicks in 'Windy City Heat' (the absurd, fake film) -- Tony Barbieri as "Mole" and Don Barris as "Big Lou" -- have actually been screwing around with him for like, a decade. This becomes apparent as one views the extra footage on the dvd, which demonstrates short clips of Barbieri and Barris harassing Caravello, all the way back to 1996. And it's not staged... completely real. Barbieri and Barris -- who I might add are ...awesome...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
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Picture if someone with the body of Ron Jeremy had a hairy, sloppy son with Rosie O'Donnell. Now give this person the glass-swallowing voice of a female version of Sam Kinison. Finally, make this person borderline retarded and completely oblivious like Jeff Daniels' character in Dumb and Dumber. This is "Scary" Perry Caravello.

Perry stars as Stone Fury in the production of "Windy City Heat," and he thinks it's going to be huge. In fact, he mentions the Oscar's and thinks he beat out Brad Pitt, Schwarzenegger, and Harrison Ford for the role. He thinks the role of Stone Fury was made for him, and he's in full-on prima-donna mode, screaming at everyone on set and comparing himself to Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, and Jackie Chan.

Too bad it's all an intricate prank devised by his "friends," the actual movie is the biggest piece of garbage ever made, and all the acting is similar to three goons in The Spirit. Except those guys acted brain-dead on purpose.

He's constantly getting dissed, nobody shakes his hand, and nothing goes his way. It's completely hilarious how he thinks he's a megastar upon his first day on set, yet everyone involved treats him like garbage. The set assistants put him in a raggedy trailer. The costume design people mistakenly dress him in The merchandising people make his doll look morbidly obese. The director has Perry thrown in a dumpster filled with manure. The abuse this guy mindlessly takes is brilliant, and he deserves every bit of it. He's possibly the most ignorant, jingoistic, racist, xenophobic moron in Hollywood (and that's saying something considering the city).
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