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Martin and Lewis (2002)

The story of the 10-year rocky relationship between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Even at the start of his singing career, Dean Martin is an impressive gentleman, big, tall, handsome, exquisitely dressed, fitting his nightingale voice and naturally classy appeal, even though his womanizing costs him enough in alimony to declare bankruptcy. Jerry Lewis on the other hand is an unsightly schmuck, whose buffoon version of stand-up comedy is an agent's nightmare. When he accepts playing MC in a show with Dean, he tries interacting with him, and they hit gold judging by the audience's reactions. Initially Dean wants to walk off and stay a solo act, but success as a duo is irresistible, and they rocket together, even in Hollywood. However in time they fall out of friendship as their characters and lifestyle clash, and Dean still dreams of solo success. Written by KGF Vissers

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A Verdadeira História de Martin e Lewis  »

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Jerry Lewis himself insisted on coaching Sean Hayes on how to portray him and his mugging and physical comedy accurately for the film. See more »

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When Dean and Jerry are driving through Hollywood for the first time, there is a crew member/cameraman clearly sitting on the the hood of the car, or where the hood would be. See more »

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References Artists and Models (1955) See more »

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That's Amore
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by Jeremy Northam during a re-enactment of the Colgate Comedy Hour
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above average TV fare if you're interested in the 50s
26 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was pulled into this movie, despite a clichéd and standard TV movie type script. This was probably due to the performances and good recreation of the times.

Sean Hayes does not look like Jerry Lewis but made a good stab at recreating his manic energy and routines. Only in the dramatic scenes did I feel a lack of insight in his performance.

Jeremy Northam convinced admirably with his laid back Dean Martin, unfortunately he had little material to work with script wise but got across Dino's couldn't care less attitude which rolled along for years with Lewis until he could take no more.

I think the fault with the movie was that it was made when only one of the duo has passed on, so perhaps there were Lewis traits that had to be down graded at the expense of Martin. However to be fair they did show some of Lewis's control freakery and joke stealing that led to the final breakup.

Still for a TV movie it was definitely above average, these 2 stars were huge successes in their partnership days, and each went on to show their own brand of showbiz genius as they went their separate ways afterwards. In the end a rather sad story.


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