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Writers (WGA):
Gilda Radner (book)
Janet Brownell (teleplay)
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29 April 2002 (USA) See more »
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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
Brenda Broer .... assistant costume designer
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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Gilda was about so much more than this movie portrays, 30 April 2002
Author: ( from Scranton, PA

Like the rest of America in the 1970s and 80s, I loved Gilda Radner. Every Saturday night, there we were glued to our televisions, sometimes past our bed times, to watch SNL. Gilda was the crown jewel amongst precious gems in this wonderful show.

And, like the rest of America, I also agonized with her during her battle with cancer. But there was so much more to Gilda than just that disease. So, when I read that there was to be a movie on ABC about her life, I was undecided about whether to watch or not. I was afraid that this movie, The Gilda Radner Story: It's Always Something, would focus mainly on the end of her life rather than on the Gilda we all knew and loved. And, sadly, it turns out I was right.

While the movie did go through the natural timeline of her childhood, rise to comedic stardom first in Toronto, and arrival in New York and so on, there was always a foreshadowing present in, it seemed, every scene about the cancer that was to finally appear in her thirty-ninth year of life. We saw Gilda smoking, eating red dye number whatever, using saccharine, being bulimic and/or anorexic, drinking alcohol, etc., etc. And, of course, there were extensive references to her family's history of cancer (her father died of a brain tumor, her mother fought, and survived, breast cancer).

I mention it was her thirty-ninth year because she spent less than ten percent of her life being ill, yet it seems that eighty per cent of this movie is about what was to come at the end. I don't think Gilda would have liked that very much. I read her book and, believe me, it was NOT all about carcinogens and disease! True, she did have a difficult time dealing with her father's death when she was only a young girl. True, she did mention many of the things touched on again and again in the movie. But she also told some wonderful stories that were cut from this script! And, aside from the book, I remember many other wonderful Gilda stories.

When Gilda and Gene Wilder married (weren't we all entranced by such a wonderfully funny and loving couple?), they lived in Connecticutt. Before she became ill, I remember that she appeared on a popular late night show. Crazy person that she was, she took her entire neighborhood with her to New York for that appearance and brought them all on stage! Who has ever done such an outrageous thing? Yet that was not documented in the movie. Nor were so many other things that would have given a much truer, and lighter, picture of who Gilda Radner really was. Certainly, there could have been so many more scenes highlighting her life with Wilder, which must have been really wonderful. That was what I'd hoped the movie would be about. I mourned the absence of such scenes not only for myself, but for the benefit of the generation who does NOT remember who Gilda Radner really was.

Gilda was about living, loving, laughing, giving, and so much more. She died of cancer, but she was not about cancer.

Jamie Gertz did a fine job of portraying Gilda Radner. The actor who portrayed Gene Wilder was on the mark. Brilliantly cast, as well, were those who portrayed Bill Murray, Jane Curtain, Larraine Newman, John Belushi, and all the others who played such significant roles in Gilda's life. But I have a suggestion for all those who saw the movie and think they now know Gilda. Watch old SNL on late night TV, and rent her movies. Read her book upon which the movie is based. You will come away knowing a lot more about who the real Gilda was than if you just watch this movie.

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