Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)

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The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries, (Steve Lawrence, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, etc.), established comedians ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself / Private Willard
Himself / Sister Rosa Stigmata
Himself / Crapgame / Petty Officer Ruby / Crane / Nellie / Anne Bancroft / Big Drop / Mr. Potato Head - (voice)
Himself / Private Kelly / 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
Victor Figueredo ...
Conrad Hermogenes ...
Paul Shefrin ...
Heidi Akawa ...
Peggy March ...
Joe Mele ...
Tom McDermott ...
Jack Cenna ...


The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries, (Steve Lawrence, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, etc.), established comedians (Billy Crystal, Rosanna Barr, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, etc.) and young comedians (Jeff Atoll, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, etc.). We have interviewed over 30 people including actors, directors (John Landis, Christopher Guest, Sidney Poitier, Jay Leno, etc.) and various people in Don's life (his composer, orchestra, manager etc.). In addition, we will use some of Don's home movies, clips from the Tonight Show, various TV shows, movies etc. We'll see one of the last great comedians of his era. Written by Bob Engelman

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4 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don Rickles Documentary  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


While Bobby Slayton lists the many shows Rickles appeared on in the 1960's, he names Bewitched. Rickles never appeared on the show. See more »


References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


The Yankee Doodle Boy
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Performed by Don Rickles
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more of a love letter than a true documentary, but great none the less
8 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More of a tribute to a comedic legend than a true documentary, this John Landis directed love letter to the great Mr. Rickles is pretty good none the less. Consisting of various actors and directors of note giving their (naturally) praise for the beloved comedian, interspersed with clips from his Vegas shows, late show appearances, old films, Friars' Roasts, and home movies with longtime friend, Bob Newhart.

While the film does have a very small amount of missteps editing and a few instances where it veers off-topic to ill effect, for the most part it's quite highly enjoyable and hilarious to boot. Any true fan (myself included)of Don will no doubt treasure it and watch it multiple times.

So what ya waiting' for? Go check it out on HBO while it's still on, Hockey Puck.

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