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10 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Before the Oscars & Carrie Hamilton's Passing See more (1 total) »



Carol Burnett ... Herself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself

Carl Reiner ... Himself

Robin Williams ... Himself

Directed by
Roger Beatty 
Harvey Korman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Clair 
Jim Evering 
Jenna McMahon 
Ken Welch 
Mitzie Welch 

Produced by
Marcy Carsey .... producer
Dick Clair .... producer
Jenna McMahon .... producer
Stephanie Sills .... producer
Tom Werner .... producer
Other crew
Sandy Dvore .... title design
Erv Hurd .... technical director


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USA:60 min


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Before the Oscars & Carrie Hamilton's Passing, 11 April 2006
Author: richard.fuller1

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There was this special.

And we recorded it.

First we get Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin singing a rather amusing, gentle song about laughter.

Then we get a remarkable skit about Robin being an outlandish guest at the funeral of Carol's husband.

When the skit was over, there was the fade, then it came back, with Carol announcing that Robin wanted to do it again, ad-libbing.

Hey, Carol was no slouch to that. Robin met his match.

Carl and Robin would do a quick bit spoofing Shakespeare acting, barely four minutes long.

Whoopi and Robin would likewise do an unspoken skit where they are two people on a park bench.

Robin won an Emmy for this program.

But the most brilliant piece is definitely the final skit, with Carol and Whoopi, as mother and daughter, going thru the stages of mother and daughter.

Both women captured the stages sensationally, with Carol's somber lines of 'how can I ever let you go?' sung a couple of times with incredible meaning.

Whoopi would then sing this song at the end, as she cradled her elderly mother (Carol).

Truly a strange feeling to hear Carol sing about letting her child go thinking of what she has since gone thru, losing daughter Carrie to cancer.

And of course, Robin and Whoopi have each won an Oscar since then.

Amazing thing about this program is that, without commercials, it is 47 minutes long! I record hour long programs today and they are only 41 minutes long! We have been subjected to six more minutes of commercials in programs today! The injustice.

But to have had such sincere humor from 1987, this was it.

19 years.

How can we ever let them go?

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