Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Documentary | Biography
8.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 376 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 2 critic

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 15 titles
created 11 Feb 2011
 
a list of 1043 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
Dub
a list of 1323 titles
created 28 Feb 2013
 
a list of 331 titles
created 11 Nov 2013
 
a list of 58 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987– )

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987– ) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1989   1987  
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Documentary mini-series about the rise and fall of the European silent film industry.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ulrich Tukur
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: "The Railrodder (1965)"

Director: John Spotton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton, Gerald Potterton
Go West (1925)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, Walter James
Midnight (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A chorus girl, stranded in Paris, is "set up" by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll
The Navigator (1924)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

Directors: Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom
The Wind (1928)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary which explores movie comedian Buster Keaton's five years under contract at MGM, where personal problems and studio tyranny nearly destroyed him.

Directors: Christopher Bird, Kevin Brownlow
Stars: Buster Keaton, James Karen, Louis B. Mayer
One Week (1920)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A newly wedded couple attempt to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
...
 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Eleanor Keaton ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Raymond Rohauer ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
William Collier Jr. ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Edit

Storyline

In this series, we follow the life of the legendary movie comedy giant from his childhood on the stage to his film career. Along the way, we learn of the works of this genius and his methods in creating them. Furthermore, we see how events drove him to ruin and how they turned around in his later years to allow him to enjoy the acclaim that was his due. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Buster Keaton - Sein Leben, sein Werk  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Goat (1921) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great documentary worthy of a great subject. Simple perfection.
10 March 1999 | by (Ghent, KY) – See all my reviews



This is simply a perfect documentary. I cannot find any fault in it or room for improvement, unless it would be to make it an even longer sampling of Keaton's skills. Buster Keaton was a unique master of physical comedy on film and this documentary is a worthy examination of Keaton's life. The music is wonderful. When I see Keaton's films now I wish the music from this documentary was playing with it. Everyone should see this documentary. Many would be surprised at what silent films had to offer.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD wizardfamily

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?