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The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

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A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

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Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman
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Annie Hickman
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Adolph Zitz
Fritz Feld ...
Tomaso Abalone, Hotel Manager
Mark Silberman ...
Cousin Buddy
Robert Ball ...
Bald Man (as Robert E. Ball)
Randolph Dobbs ...
Yes Man #1
Sandy Rovetta ...
Woman Dancer
Hannah Dean ...
Maid
Rita Conde ...
Whore #1
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Whore #2
Teda Bracci ...
Whore #3
Elaine Everett ...
Whore #4
Gustaf Unger ...
Producer
Harry Gold ...
Freddie the Runner
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A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

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13 February 1978 (Denmark)  »

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Trivia

Lupe Ontiveros' film debut. See more »

Goofs

The "audition" record that Rudy listens to is obviously an LP running at 33 1/3 rpm. LPs would not be invented until the late 1940s. See more »

Quotes

[while viewing the audition reels on a projector]
Adolph Zitz: When's the final audition?
Yes Man #1: Friday, Mr Zitz.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'rotten's have we got?
Yes Man #1: 2300.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'fairly rotten's?
Yes Man #1: 'Fairly rotten's? 14. Yeah, 14.
Adolph Zitz: Have we got a 'doesn't stink'?
Yes Man #1: No, sir.
Adolph Zitz: We don't have one 'doesn't stink'?
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Ain't It Kinda Wonderful
Written by Gene Wilder
Sung by Harry Nilsson
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Image and message of a great man
19 August 2011 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Strange movie because every word, sentence or definition about Rudy Valentine is ambiguous. In same time, a brave attempt to define a genius "sine ira et studio". Fruit of noble intention, the film presents a wonderful Valentino interpreted by Gene Wilder splendid and subtle. Dom DeLuise offers to his Wild power, gentle innocence and soft attitude, the role of victim like result of sympathy and love.

Is it important the truth of this portrait? The real gestures and attitude of great Irish? Is it the gay statute his emblematic mark? I don't know but I saw this movie like a poised exercise to discover a man for who the life was the beauty's exploration.

Valentino was not a freak or a important actor. He is not an ordinary rich dandy or a homosexual icon. He is messenger of some values, very attractive, very deep in brilliant essence.

In fact, the prestige of a work who moves the time consist not in obscure sin, but in generosity of message ( the first moments of film- his visit in America- are a great pledge).


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