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Bud & Lou: Comedy Is No Laughing Matter

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Dramatizes the personal and public sides of the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Legendary Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H1Q5LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By James R. Morrella on October 13, 2014
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I hesitated giving this a three. I like Bud and Lou (the real ones) so much even a flawed film like this still can provide enjoyment. Buddy Hackett gave an outstanding performance. As he subsequently said edited out many scenes that would have better explained things, thus causing Lou to look bad. Other things like saying Lou had Rheumatic fever when a child when he contracted it in 1943 shows they did not do any research. Most of the problems were over stated and many truly great moments never mentioned. Lou did not blame his wife for his son's death. Lou and Bud had great marriages and both had families that were loving (each were the godparents of the others children). Their agent was not the great guy this film projects. Maybe it should be a two star?
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This film from the '70s was ok. I thought the film one dimensional. More was focused on Lou vs. Bud. Also I have seen Buddy Hackett do better. It would be great if someone did an updated version of Bud and Lou. My opinion is half the story was left out about these two.
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By Scott Levine on September 18, 2012
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I REMEMBER WATCHING THIS SHOW WHEN IT WAS ON TV IN 1978. I REALLY LOVED IT. IT HAS 2 OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN IT ( BUDDY HACKETT AND HARVEY KORMAN ) WHAT IS FUNNY I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS ON NETFLIX AND THEY DID NOT HAVE IT SO I THOUGHT IT HAD ALREADY BEEN PUT OUT BUT I JUST LOOKED IT UP HERE AND IT COMES OUT ON SEPT. 25TH. STILL AFTER ALL THIS TIME IT IS STILL FRESH IN MY MIND SO THAT TELLS YOU WHAT A GREAT MOVIE THIS IS.
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Where Buddy Hackett was a decent choice for his comic abilities (although facially he tends to come off more crazed, rather than Costello's sweet puppydog look), he was truly awful dramatically. It is Korman and Lee's performances, both comically and dramatically, that raise the bar for this film. Unfortunately, the 'made for t.v' cinematography is a drawback, and one is left feeling like something is missing...wait, perhaps it's Abbott's wife of over 50 years who only gets a ridiculously brief mention?? You can see how they pushed the movie towards more of a portrayal of Costello's life, with Abbott as a bit of a sideline, but Korman never lets his presence or performance resign to it. Again, the straight man is quietly essential to the story! It's too bad the work wasn't received better, but I blame Hackett, and whoever didn't notice that there wasn't much chemistry between Korman and Hackett, no matter how they may have tried. I'm easy to please though. If it's got Harvey in it I'm sold, so, don't listen to me!!
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When I first heard about this back in 1978 I was so very excited. After watching it on TV I was a bit disappointed. Where was Bud's wife? Where were their children? Turns our that Betty Abbott (Bud's wife) did NOT approve of the script and subsequently was written out of the film completely. There were some things that were incorrect, which made the 'bio-pic' a disappointment to me.
In MY opinion, there should've been a 6 hour 3 night presentation (2 hours each night). The first hour would be Bud's life until he meets Lou. The second hour should be Lou's life. Third hour would be their early career together. Fourth hour would be their rise to fame. Fifth hour would be the breakup and Lou's death. The final hour would be Bud's life after Lou's death and his final moments.
They could've explored some very interesting things that happened to both of them.
Maybe someone at Universal will read this and put something together. They should start with Lou's daughter Chris Costello's book, 'Lou's On First'.
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I've been a big fan of Abbott and Costello since I was a little boy, so I was excited about seeing this movie. Alas, I was disappointed in a number of ways. The movie attempts to contrast their public image as comedians with their often-rocky relationship behind the scenes. Many of Lou Costello's friends concede that he was not always easy to work with, and he became increasingly difficult after the death of his son. Bud Abbott was generally more easygoing than his partner, but his drinking problem often made him unreliable. Needless to say, this made for quite a few fireworks between them. The movie brings out these issues quite well, but in my opinion, it neglects the brighter aspects of their relationship. The result is an unbalanced movie that's too easy on Bud and too hard on Lou.

The movie gives a lot of attention to their famous 1945 rift, and suggests that they never really recovered from it. The facts speak otherwise. Their popularity endured well into the early 1950's, when they were eclipsed by Martin and Lewis. The movie depicts their final split in 1956 as rancorous, and gives the impression that the two men never spoke to each other again. Other sources, however, say the 1956 breakup was friendly, and that they kept in touch after they stopped working together. It is a fact that Abbott was shattered when he heard the news of Costello's death, and was an honorary pallbearer at his funeral. Not long after Costello died, Abbott tried out a new comedy act with a different partner, but he soon gave it up. His reason: "No one could ever live up to Lou."

The most disappointing parts of the movie are the attempts to re-create Abbott and Costello's comedy. They were famous for taking tired old vaudeville routines and breathing new life into them.
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