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Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)

Bert Rigby lives in the small dying town Langmore, where most people depend on badly doing mining corporation. While his fellows are on strike once again, he decides to try his luck in ... See full summary »

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Bert Rigby
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Sid Trample
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Laurel Pennington
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I.I. Perlestein
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Kyle DeForest
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Jim Shirley
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Meredith Perlestein
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Tess Trample
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Rigby
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Mrs. Pennington
Diana Weston ...
Young Mrs. Rigby
Santos Morales ...
Jesus
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Mick O'Grady
Fanny Carby ...
Aunt Aggie
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Bartender
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Bert Rigby lives in the small dying town Langmore, where most people depend on badly doing mining corporation. While his fellows are on strike once again, he decides to try his luck in show-biz meanwhile. His first appearance on stage goes all wrong - but the audience loves him anyways. So he starts as a comedian in a traveling amateur show for $50 a night. One day he gets an offer from an ad director from Hollywood and flies to America, expecting a great career... and again leaving behind his pregnant young wife. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He's a singer! He's a dancer! He's a coal-miner! And when Hollywood called, it was the answer to his dreams. So why is everyone saying...

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24 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Bert Rigby - Na Trilha da Fama  »

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There is a scene on a bus where Bert is "receiving unwanted attention" from a woman. Unable to take it any more he stands up and shouts, "Are we at Ilkeston yet?" This is a reference to Robert Lindsay's home town in Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. The role of Bert Rigby was written for him, and the character's background mirrored his own. Originally he wanted a portion of the movie to be filmed in Ilkeston, but the producers thought Ilkeston no longer looked "industrial enough" to match the character's background. So the bus scene is the only bit of Ilkeston that made it to the final product. See more »

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References Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) See more »

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Isnt It Romantic?
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Robert Lindsay
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A Showcase for Robert Lindsay
14 April 2004 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

For those of us who saw Robert Lindsay on Broadway in "Me and My Girl," his dazzling turn in this film is no surprise. The only surprise is the failure to see his career as a song and dance man take off as it should have. Without Lindsay or with someone of lesser talents, "Bert Rigby" would be a rather thin piece of work, mildly amusing, pleasant, and forgettable. However, every moment that Lindsay is on the screen, which is fortunately most of the time, the film is captivating and is a loving tribute to classic Hollywood musicals. The star's highlight is a tour-de-force mini reprise of the film "Singin' in the Rain" with seltzer bottle and umbrella for the title tune. Lindsay's dancing and physical comedy throughout are outstanding and make this a must-see for his fans and for those who want to see a major musical comedy talent that somehow slipped away.


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