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Cracking Up (1983)

Smorgasbord (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 13 April 1983 (France)
Suicidal nerd seeks help from psychiatrist, runs into various nutty characters.

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Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter
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Ms. Sultry
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Himself
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Dr. Jonas Pletchick
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The Pilot
Zane Buzby ...
Waitress / Valet / Woman in Line (as Zane Busby)
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Anti-Smoking Enforcer
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Marie Du Bois
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Surgeon
Bill Richmond
Donna Ponterotto ...
Stewardess
Robin Bach
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Passenger
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Joe - Carpet Installer
Ben Davidson ...
Big Bearded Plane Passenger
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Warren Nefron is a hopeless klutz who has some of the worst luck in the world: when he tries to end it all with a foolproof suicide plan, he still manages to mess it up. In desperation, he goes to a psychiatrist to see if there is some way for him to end his troubles. As the doctor talks with him, the film cuts to a series of shorts about scenes from Nefron's life, and the lives of the people around him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The movie's big star Jerry Lewis was billed in the opening credits as "Jerry - - - who else?". See more »

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The chair used in the opening hanging sequence disappears entirely and then suddenly reappears. See more »

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A genius who makes some bad movies.
2 October 2007 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis has always been one of the most awesomely gifted comedians in the business. He can make you laugh so hard, your ribs hurt. He can also bore (and embarrass) the snot out of you. This movie is, truthfully, uneven. The first ten minutes, as the poor schnook tries merely to sit down in a doctor's office, are brilliant, screamingly funny. Other bits (there really isn't much of a plot) traverse a range from lying there like iron ingots to surreally jaw-dropping. The French aren't necessarily crazy. The highs in this movie soar, the lows strain to reach the curb. Welcome to a Jerry Lewis movie. If you can't handle that, this isn't for you.


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