In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ... Written by
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13 February 1978 (Denmark)
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Also Known As:
O Maior Amante do Mundo
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
started writing the script whilst filming Silver Streak
(1976) which he was not a writer on. Wilder wrote his customary four drafts and then had created the story of Rudy Hickman who becomes Rudy Valentine. See more
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
Rudy, what are we gonna do? They think you're a famous movie star. We can't pay for this. Oh, my god! Rudy, Rudy, did you see the bathroom? Rudy, there's seven towels in the bathroom. Rudy, Rudy, we can't afford this.
Don't talk about money.
But, Rudy, we only have...
My soul is on fire! Don't talk to me about money!
There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more
Referenced in Role Model: Gene Wilder
Written by F.D. Marchetti
Instrumental version played on the violin in Valentino's tent and at the end See more