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The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

Gene Wilder , Carol Kane  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom Deluise
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World's Greatest Lover" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Gene Wilder
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Comedy superstar Gene Wilder goes from geel to sheik in this side-splitting story of one man's quest to become The World's Greatest Lover.

When frustrated movie studio mogul Adolph Zitz (Dom DeLuise) announces a talent search for a romantic leading man to rival the great Rudolph Valentino, thousands of hopefuls decend upon Hollywood - including Rudy Valentine (Wilder), a neurotic baker from Milwaukee who knows as little about romance as he does about acting. But when his wife, Annie (Carol Kane), leaves him for the real Valentino, Rudy goes to outrageous (and hilarious) lengths to win the role of a lifetime... and win back the love of his life.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! April 9, 2006
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I have been been waiting for this to be released to dvd forever. This is one of my favorite comedies. I remember seeing this flick at the movies with a friend and we both loved it, still quote it to this day.

Gene Wilder is at this best as Rudy Valentine. Carol Kane is adorable as Annie, his long-suffering wife. Dom DeLuise steals the movie as Adolph Zitz, troubled movie producer.

Lots of broad physical comedy and sight gags (ala Mel Brooks). Probably my favorite Gene Wilder portrayal (over Willy Wonka even!). If you are a Gene Wilder fan and have not seen this movie - get it. One of his best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilder at his Best March 18, 2006
Format:DVD
Along with Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother this was another one of my favorite movies as a child. The scene were Wilder's hotel room floods and he forces a family to swim in it as if it were a swimming pool is hysterical. It's been a while since I saw this, but I remember many scenes of bust out laughter. Also, Carol Kane is adorable in this movie with her big blue eyes and innocent smile. It makes the scene were she is mistaken as a prostitute even more funnier then it is. I will definitely buy this when it comes out, but for everyone else I would suggest it as a must rental.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, we're serious! It's funny!!! June 10, 2006
Format:DVD
To the grumbling entity below who has determined after so many years that this flick really isn't funny... it is you who have changed.

I just saw this flick for the first time in my life yesterday. I haven't laughed so hard at any flick in a very long time. Now, admittedly, I am a person who really appreciates silliness and things that happen completely out of left field.

This flick is loaded with little surprises and short gags and a few well-done comedy cliches from time to time. At no time was I ever bored, which happens in so many comedy flicks at some point.

I love Gene Wilder and I grabbed this flick and Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother at Fry's from an end-cap display a couple days ago. I am 40 and I've never seen either of these, and this flick is a scream!

And yes... Carol Kane is such a babe... a true babe for the ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true comedy classic! January 24, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This movie, in my opinion, ranks up there with some of the funniest movies ever made. It's true comic genius with Gene Wilder at the helm. The incident in the bakery, and the incident on the train (careful who you sit next to), etc. I just know that you will laugh 'till your side hurts! Oh and let's not forget the comedic efforts of Dom DeLouise, who in his own funny way is determined to produce a blockbuster movie. I'm just sorry that a movie of this caliber has not been produced as a DVD. In short, if you like comedy and you like Gene Wilder's movies, then this is a must see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true comedy masterpiece!!!!... May 4, 2009
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This is what a comedy movies are all about, but don't be fooled; it surprisingly takes you through a range of emotions. Wilder is a comedy genius, and as you see this movie, you arrive at the distinctive recognition of a comedy masterpiece. This movie is timeless and is one not to be missed... I absolutely love this movie...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars goofy but funny May 12, 2007
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this is one of my all time favorite movies.It is simple but funny.Gene Wilder is hysterical as is Carol Kane.She is almost as funny as she is in "the Princess Bride" .The premise is simple but the cast is amazing.A very young Danny Devitto,Dom Deluise and other comedy geniues make appearances in this very light farce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars title for review November 27, 2009
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This is an interesting period movie comedy. I never knew it existed till I met an actor from Hollywood that told me about it. She is in the movie and is one of the 4 prostitutes. Very funny...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like they used to! September 18, 2009
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I watched this a long time ago and it was great to see it again! They don't make comedies like they used to, and it's fun to see some of these old talented actors together in a great film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing surprise...I laughed until I cried and I cried until I...
Gene Wilder at his best. A wholly unexpected guilty pleasure. Lots of great cameos by well known actors and powerful performances by some relative unknowns (at that time). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Krylos
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Gene Wilder? Yes please.
If you're a fan of Gene Wilder, this is an excellent example of his younger work. The director's cut is even more amusing to watch and it's so interesting to watch someone that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle S
1.0 out of 5 stars But we laughed a lot only because of how stupid it was
Dumbest movie ever. But we laughed a lot only because of how stupid it was. (sorry I bought it)
Published 2 months ago by Melody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love it, was as said. Came fast, hassle free, very pleased with it all, will do this again! Why did I wait so long.........
Published 5 months ago by Sandra Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars GENE WILDER FANS !
THIS MOVIE IS A MUST FOR GENE WILDER FANS.IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND TOUCH YOUR HEART. MIRE THAN WORTH THE $10:00
Published 7 months ago by Earlene Marcille Copley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gene Wilder Classic!
This is one of the funniest movies ever made! It purely is a gem and Gene's best solo effort (sans Richard Pryor)! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mickey
3.0 out of 5 stars The World's Greatest Lover
Not as funny as I thought it was in the 1970's. Would not recommend it to anyone. It just was not that good.
Published 14 months ago by Cheryl Coppedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Wilder - Carol Kane, who else do you need in a comedy? Ah, that...
I loved this movie when I saw it years ago. It's campy, quirky and just plain COOL! I watched it twice, the second time with commentary by Gene Wilder turned on. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JMac
5.0 out of 5 stars The World's Greatest Lover
An Xcellant Gene Wilder Comedy.Came out in 1977. A comedy that everybody should own(if you like to laugh).
I receive FAST service in Xcellant condition. Thankyou
Published 15 months ago by Bronson McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie
great story and actors especially since it has something to due with one of my favorite actors of all time Rudolph Valentino. I think he would've liked it too. Read more
Published 20 months ago by TERE
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