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Writers (WGA):
Gilda Radner (book)
Janet Brownell (teleplay)
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Release Date:
29 April 2002 (USA) See more »
Life gave her a million reasons to laugh... and one reason to cry.
A biography about famous comedienne Gilda Radner, the woman who made the leap to success on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jami Gertz ... Gilda Radner
Tom Rooney ... Gene Wilder

George Wyner ... Herman Radner

Eric Siegel ... John Belushi

John Viener ... Chevy Chase

Danilo Di Julio ... Dan Aykroyd

Patrick Fischler ... Eugene Levy

Marcia Bennett ... Mrs. Elizabeth Clementine 'Dibby' Gillies

Maureen Ross Neilson ... Laraine Newman

Jennifer Irwin ... Jane Curtin
Dixie Seatle ... Joanna Bull

Kathryn Winslow ... Judy

Ari Cohen ... Lorne Michaels
Lisa Messinger ... Pam

Mather Zickel ... Bill Murray
J.D. Nicholsen ... G.E. Smith
Jenni Burke ... Psychiatrist

Jane Luk ... Woman in Washroom

Roz Michaels ... Henrietta Radner
Mallory Margel ... Young Judy

Fraser McGregor ... John Huntoon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Bernard ... Garrett Morris
Kristen Bone ... Young Gilda
Rudy Fischer ... Young Michael Radner

David J. Francis ... SNL Floor Manager
Jacklyn Francis ... Nurse Susan
Stewart Francis ... Gary Shandling
Tyler Kyte ... Camp Counsellor

Ian Matthews ... Love Man

Jason Michaels ... SNL Stage Manager

Jane Moffat ... Linda

David Nerman ... Jeff at Wellness Center

Jacqueline Pillon ... Anne Beatts
Jennifer Pisana ... Young Pam

Gilda Radner ... Herself (archive footage)
Nick Rice ... Man at Wellness Center

Karen Robinson ... Dr. J. Evans
Gerry Salsberg ... Book Producer

Derek Scott ... Mime

Directed by
Duane Clark 
Writing credits
Gilda Radner (book "It's Always Something")

Janet Brownell (teleplay)

Produced by
Howard Braunstein .... executive producer
Janet Brownell .... producer
Ernest Chambers .... executive producer
Clara George .... producer
Merv Griffin .... executive producer
Michael Jaffe .... executive producer
A.D. Oppenheim .... executive producer
Original Music by
David E. Russo 
Cinematography by
Derick V. Underschultz 
Film Editing by
Paul Dixon 
Casting by
Kate Caldwell 
Diane Kerbel 
Meg Liberman 
Camille H. Patton 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
James McAteer 
Set Decoration by
Julian Peters 
Costume Design by
Noreen Landry 
Makeup Department
Joan Chell .... assistant makeup artist
Katarina Chovanec .... key hair stylist
Debi Drennan .... makeup designer
Stephanie Ingram .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Carmen Arndt .... production manager
Pamela Delaney .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avrel Fisher .... first assistant director: second unit
Greg Sigurdson .... weekly assistant director
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
William Spahic .... first assistant director
Art Department
Cynthia Chau .... art apprentice
Jason Herriott .... scenic artist
Rod James .... key scenic
Maria Kennedy .... set buyer
Kim Maticiw .... properties buyer
Michael Williams'Willis' .... carpenter
Terry Parachuk .... construction coordinator
Craig Williams .... property master
Sound Department
Marina Adam .... foley artist
Matt Ahrens .... assistant sound editor
Grant Bone .... sound effects editor
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Crawford .... first assistant dialogue editor
Barry Gilmore .... adr editor
Janice Ierulli .... supervising sound editor
Kirk Lynds .... foley recordist
Mark McNeilly .... boom operator
Rick Penn .... sound recordist
Ian Rankin .... sound re-recording mixer
Brandon Walker .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Jon Davis .... special effects technician
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor
Janeen Elliott .... digital compositor
Rachel Mina .... digital artist
Carrie Richardson .... visual effects coordinator
Rick Smith .... digital compositor: GVFX
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Buttery .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Carella .... camera operator
Dave Erlichman .... key grip: second unit
Marni Grossman .... still photographer
Lee Guenette .... gaffer: second unit
Tony Guerin .... camera operator
Mark Hewson .... electrician
Mitch Holmes .... key grip
Adam Jeffery .... camera trainee
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Craig Wright .... gaffer
Casting Department
Lisa Ystrom .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adam Urquhart .... daily dresser
Kafi Wilson .... seamstress
Editorial Department
David Augsburger .... assistant editor
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Arlene Moelker .... colorist
Transportation Department
Rick Anglin .... production driver
Albert Ezerzer .... production driver
Dave Marwick .... head driver
Manon White .... driver
Matthew Wolchock .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Juan Aguirre .... assistant accountant
Darryl Assinck .... production assistant
Don Bachmann .... production coordinator
Andre R. Gagne .... location manager
Michael Hackenberger .... animal wrangler: second unit
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician
Lynn Josephson Delaney .... executive assistant to producer
Daniel L. Oppenheim .... production executive
Anthony Pangalos .... assistant production coordinator
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Lisa Perone .... production assistant
Jess Platt .... dialect coach: Jami Gertz
Julia Stan .... script supervisor
Thomas Vencelides .... location manager
Andrea Wassell .... production accountant
Anne Wootten .... choreographer

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Painful, 1 February 2003
Author: mercuryix from Los Angeles

I'm not quite sure why they decided to take the story of a very funny and joyful comic actress and suck all the joy out of her life and story. According to this adaptation of her autobiography, Gilda was a self-destructive person with low self-esteem who never had a happy moment. In fact, she had a lot of them, which she created herself. Her romance with Gene Wilder is presented as the only bright spot in her personal life, and even that is permeated with sadness. It's as if the producers decided that since she died of cancer, her whole life had to be a premonition of it. This makes for a screenplay that has basically one level. If they had allowed the story of her life to have happy moments along with the sad ones, the ending would have been a lot more poignant. You have to have light to contrast with the dark, but here it is all the same level, strangely gloomy.

We learn nothing of the other main characters, other than that Murray can be a jerk (is this a surprise?). In one overdone scene in particular, Gilda is persistently asking him about spending Christmas together (just before they are to go on to do a...yes, you guessed it...Christmas sketch, with Murray playing Jacob and Gilda playing Mary). Murray says something along the lines of "Will you please just BACK OFF???", then turns to one of the shows producers and huffs "I swear, this is the last time..."(the last time, what? Like he has a choice in whom to appear with on the show?). Then they go on like the pros that they are, to entertain their audience, despite their personal pain. This is called juxtaposition, you see, contrasting what's going on in front of the camera with what is behind, so you get a heightened sense of irony; did you get it? The scene is just as ham-fisted as I described it. The rest of the movie is as cliched and superficial as this moment, and the lead's very good performance is wasted. We keep waiting to learn a little more about the other cast members (the actor playing Garrett Morris is almost used as a prop) and we never do. I'm not quite sure why they had to produce such a dreadful script. A lot of effort went into the casting; it's almost as if they thought that was enough. Unfortunately, it's not, and the movie is painful to sit through. Gilda (and the actress who played her) deserved better.

Three stars.

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