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The premise of this film deals with the rehearsals and pre-Broadway tour of a play that aspires to be a classic British sex farce. Michael Caine plays the beleaguered director, with Julie Hagerty as his stage manager, trying to corral a collection of stage and movie actors on both sides of the career loop. Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Denholm Elliott, Marilu Henner and Nicolette Sheridan make up the onstage ensemble, with the able support of Mark Linn-Baker. Throughout early rehearsals and performances the cast conspires with and against each other in matters of romance, revenge and profession expression � all to hilarious effect.
It all culminates in a fateful performance that we view/hear primarily from backstage as conflicts of love and stage presence boil over in mid-show. It just might be the funniest thing ever filmed that didn�t involve the genius of Mel Brooks.
I then found out that a movie had been made, so I immediately got it and watched it - and not just any movie, but a movie with a cast of ALL brilliant A-level actors: Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, the terribly under-rated John Ritter, and others.
Enjoy the movie for its rare assemblage of so much raw talent in one movie.
Enjoy it for the brilliantly executed acting, gags, dialogue, and pratfalls.
But mostly, enjoy it because it is a wicked gut-wrenchingly hilarious and brilliantly clever romp.
One of the funniest plays (and movies) I have ever witnessed, with a humor that increases exponentially in the third act to the point that I was almost unable to breath from laughing so much.
Movies like this make me pine for the days when studios would assemble the world's best talents into one movie and give us a truly special experience. Watching a play or a movie in which EVERY actor is top notch and on top form is a remarkable joy, one of those rare experiences that makes life worth living, and this movie is one of them.
It also make me pine for the days when John Ritter was still alive, and regret that he was so rarely given a chance to show the world his true capability as an actor and as a comedic actor. This is perhaps his best performance. If you are a John Ritter fan like me, this is your movie. (And if you are a Christopher Reeve fan, this is one of his finest performances, and you'll see how much his talent was wasted on the Superman movies).
What did they include with this DVD? NOTHING! Spanish language subtitles....Wow!
It's such a terrific film, it's a shame that the studio couldn't be bothered to make a decent presentation of it on DVD.
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Going up on my classic comedy lists as one of my favorites!Published 10 days ago by Kimberly Johnson
One of my favorite productions of all time! And the star power in this one is icing on the cake. I LOVE CAROL BURNETT!!!Published 25 days ago by narrow footed goof
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. My entire family laughed ourselves silly.Published 27 days ago by RDSchaefer
Absolutely hilarious. Worth every cent. I highly recommend it. But it does use the f word liberally.Published 1 month ago by Michael H. Swenson