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Stars and Bars (1988)

R | | Comedy | 18 March 1988 (USA)
A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

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Henderson Dores (as Daniel Day Lewis)
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Beckman Gage
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Irene Stein
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Eugene Teagarden
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Reverend T.J. Cardew
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Cora Gage
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Melissa
Bill Moor ...
Edgar Beeby
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Shanda Gage
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Duane Gage
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Bryant
Rockets Redglare ...
Peter Gint
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A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process. Written by anonymous

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A Picture of Me Without You
Written by Norris Wilson and George Richey (as George Richie)
Performed by George Jones
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comic misfire has its moments
5 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It may be a far cry from classic screwball comedy, but even during its many forgettable moments this fish-out-of-water farce isn't a total write-off. Certainly there's nothing in it to justify the cold-blooded lack of confidence that killed it at the Box Office: the throwaway release it received is usually reserved for lame dogs someone wants put out of misery, and in this case it worked.

At least the film never pretends to be anything more than what it is: a self-consciously wacky social comedy with an outsider's exaggerated, broad-as-a-barn-door view of American manners, starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dapper English art appraiser who runs into an oddball collection of cartoon Confederate rebels while investigating a lost Renoir in backwoods Georgia. All the film needs is a laugh-track to become a respectable TV sitcom (a degenerate Beverly Hillbillies?), but director Pat O'Connor doesn't show much aptitude for low comedy, and the laughs collapse into a feeble slapstick conclusion, leaving the door wide open for a sequel which will never be made.


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