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Goodnight, We Love You (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2 October 2004 (USA)
Unforgettable with her electrified hairdos and outlandish outfits, Phyllis Diller began her career in comedy as "the world's worst housewife" and rose to great popularity as she delighted ... See full summary »

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Unforgettable with her electrified hairdos and outlandish outfits, Phyllis Diller began her career in comedy as "the world's worst housewife" and rose to great popularity as she delighted in mocking herself and her "husband," Fang. Consisting of entirely new footage, this award-winning film traces Diller's groundbreaking career from its modest beginnings to her extraordinary success and also explores her off-stage life at home, providing a rare glimpse at the real, multi-faceted woman behind the image. Leading up to Diller's farewell stand-up performance, the film captures the comic's press conference, rehearsal and candid dressing room conversation as she prepares to hang up her wigs after 47 incredible years of making people laugh. Fellow comedians Roseanne Barr, David Brenner, Red Buttons, Don Rickles, Rip Taylor, Lily Tomlin and many more reflect on Diller's powerful legacy. Written by Anonymous

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Go under the wigs and behind the scenes as the Queen of Comedy, Phyllis Diller, goes out on top.

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Goodnight We Love You... Phyllis Diller Sex Tape
20 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Goodnight, We Love You: 5 out of 10: This collection of Phyllis Diller sex tapes is somewhat disappointing. Often filmed in that awful night vision green it is hard to make out the action. In addition, Miss Diller rarely takes on more than one man at a time (except for the Catalina Island orgy) and her only lesbian scene (with Elaine Boosler) is all to brief.

Phyllis of course was a famous sex kitten who had myriad affairs with such luminaries as Troy Donahue and Anwar Sadat. In fact, Sadat’s last words “Phyllis it was always you” is often misquoted... okay okay I kid I kid Fans of Phyllis Diller will be pleased... Fans of elderly woman checking into moderate hotel suites will be in heaven. Goodnight, We Love you does beg a few questions. The primarily one is should you allow your stalker to film your biography. To describe director Gregg Barson as fawning is to completely underestimate his obsequious servitude towards Miss Diller. Honestly, it is more than a bit creepy.

Not that celebrities interviewed are any less ingratiating. Not one expresses surprise that Diller is still alive and the kind words flow as if they were giving an encomium rather than personal insights. I understand that is human nature to say something nice but after the twentieth or so collection of hosannas, Don Rickles’ sneering come across as a breath of fresh air rather than the senile rambling it actually is.

In fact, Rickles’ own recent documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” would make a nice companion piece for this film Diller’s Guinness Book awarding rapid-fire delivery is well covered here and a reunion of her personal assistants is the highlight of the film. I wish there was more of the personal stories and less generic celebrity praising. There is also not enough actual stand-up in the film itself as a result the companion disk of her last live performance is a welcome addition.

A nice enough film for Diller fans but one should check their blood sugar levels before watching.


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