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Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  21 February 1988 (USA)
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It is nearly a generation since we've visited Dobie Gillis, and the middle-aged Dobie is nothing like he was as a youth, having has sown all of his wild oats. He's settled into the ... See full summary »

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It is nearly a generation since we've visited Dobie Gillis, and the middle-aged Dobie is nothing like he was as a youth, having has sown all of his wild oats. He's settled into the predictable adult life, married to the reliable Zelda (who was chasing him all through high-school), and assumed his father's role of running the family variety store. All of a sudden, key industries in the town shut down, putting hundreds out of work and severely threatening the local economy. Dobie, as head of the town council, is looked upon to lead the town out of this desperate crisis. When all seems lost, life-long friend Maynard G. Krebs appears, representing an old acquaintance who has a strange demand. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Der Besuch der reichen Witwe  »

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This is Durenmatt's 'The Visit' brilliantly adapted to the Dobie Gillis world
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike most sit-com reunions which are overly sentimental and sappy, 'Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis' is a somewhat less dark interpretation of Durenmatt's thesis that money can buy anything. And while in the end Dobie is left alive, the thesis is also alive and well at the end of the movie. The attempt is bold and audacious, not completely successful, and enthralling. Even Connie Stevens acquits herself with grace. The old sit-com relationships are also revisited with considerable irony for those familiar with the original show. I recommend this film to anyone with an interest in 20th century theatre (particulary if they also enjoy Dobie Gillis). It's thought- provoking, audacious, and outrageously funny.


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