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Release Date:
4 December 2007 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If you think he's so... why does he have so many friends? See more »
Plot:
The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
NewsDesk:
(17 articles)
Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'World War Z' & More
 (From NextMovie. 21 June 2013, 7:00 AM, PDT)

Don Rickles loses son, Larry Rickles, dead at 41
 (From Monsters and Critics. 14 December 2011, 12:48 PM, PST)

Rickles Mourning Loss Of His Son
 (From WENN. 12 December 2011, 8:06 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Polished portrait of a showbiz icon See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Himself / Private Willard (also archive footage)

John Landis ... Himself / Sister Rosa Stigmata

Don Rickles ... Himself / Crapgame / Petty Officer Ruby / Crane / Nellie / Anne Bancroft / Big Drop / Mr. Potato Head (also archive footage)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself / Private Kelly / 'Dirty' Harry Callahan (also archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... Himself

Richard Lewis ... Himself
Victor Figueredo ... Himself
Conrad Hermogenes ... Himself
Paul Shefrin ... Himself
Heidi Akawa ... Herself
Peggy March ... Herself
Joe Mele ... Himself

Chris Rock ... Himself
Tom McDermott ... Guitar
Jack Cenna ... Percussion
Brace Phillips ... Bass
Tommy Check ... Drums
Tom DeLibero ... Trumpet
Bob Hamilton ... Trumpet
Tom Porrello ... Trombone
Walt Boenig ... Trombone
Kevin Stout ... Trombone
Charles McLean ... Saxophone
Ernie Hensley ... Saxophone
Fred Haller ... Saxophone
Steve Golden ... Saxophone

Sarah Silverman ... Herself

Bob Newhart ... Himself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself

Steve Lawrence ... Himself / Shirley MacLaine (also archive footage)

Robin Williams ... Himself

Roseanne Barr ... Herself

Dave Attell ... Himself

Christopher Guest ... Himself

Billy Crystal ... Himself

Regis Philbin ... Himself
Tony Oppedisano ... Himself (as Tony 'O' Oppedisano)

Sidney Poitier ... Himself

Penn Jillette ... Himself
Bobby Slayton ... Himself
Eliot Weisman ... Himself

Burt Lancaster ... Lt. Jim Bledsoe (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Commander Richardson (archive footage)

Mario Cantone ... Himself

Kathy Griffin ... Herself

Ed McMahon ... Himself
Peter Lassally ... Himself

George Wallace ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself (also archive footage)

George Lopez ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself
Joy Damon ... Stripper (archive footage)
Gerri Darnelle ... Stripper (archive footage)
Taffy Tourel ... Stripper (archive footage)
Alona ... Stripper (archive footage)

Larry King ... Himself

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself

Carl Reiner ... Himself

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself / Peggy Brown (also archive footage)

Jack Carter ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself

Ray Milland ... Dr. James Xavier (archive footage)
Jack Oakie ... Mac (archive footage)
Barbara Rickles ... Herself

Joan Rivers ... Herself

James Caan ... Himself

Jimmy Kimmel ... Himself
Keely Smith ... Herself (also archive footage)

Harry Shearer ... Himself

Howard Blank ... Himself

Tom Smothers ... Himself

Dick Smothers ... Himself

Frankie Avalon ... Himself / Frankie (also archive footage)

Annette Funicello ... DeeDee (archive footage)

John Lasseter ... Himself

John Ratzenberger ... Hamm (archive footage)

Estelle Harris ... Herself / Mrs. Potato Head (archive footage)
Ginny Newhart ... Herself (archive footage)

John Stamos ... Himself

Bob Saget ... Himself
Ron O'Neal ... Himself
Coach Leo Golembiewski ... Himself (as Coach Golembiewski)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Milton Berle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pat Boone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Curtis ... Pete Hammond Jr. (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jonathan Dixon ... Himself (uncredited)
Harry Goines ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Graham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harrison Page ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Louis Prima ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Etta Rickles ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jeffrey Ross ... Himself (uncredited)

Doc Severinsen ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
 
Produced by
Bryan Basham .... line producer: New York
Robert Engelman .... producer
John Landis .... producer
Mike Richardson .... producer
Larry Rickles .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Tom Clancey 
 
Film Editing by
Mark L. Levine 
 
Makeup Department
Francie Paull .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bryan Basham .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Umbe Adan .... sound mixer
Dino Herrmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Herrmann .... supervising sound editor
Michael Krikorian .... sound mixer
Robb Wenner .... foley artist
Robb Wenner .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Merkovich .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Waldman .... additional cinematographer
Scott Wildfong .... camera operator (segment)
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Condercuri .... post-production assistant
Xander Denke .... post-production
Derek Ellingson .... assistant editor
Derek Ellingson .... on-line editor
Sergey Gavrishkiv .... post-production
Brian Hayashi .... post-production
Sevan Mardirossian .... post-production
Dan Olsen .... assistant editor
Enzo Raee .... colorist
Will Raée .... colorist (as Will Raee)
 
Music Department
Paoula Abou-Jaoude .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Gregory Fein .... clearances
Sean Streeter .... studio stage manager
 
Thanks
Chris Albrecht .... special thanks
Peter Bernstein .... thanks
Bob Crestani .... special thanks
Conrad W. Denke .... special thanks (as Conrad Denke)
Greg Fields .... special thanks
Jean Firstenberg .... special thanks
John Lasseter .... special thanks
Jill Leiderman .... thanks
Aaron McNally .... thanks
Bob Newhart .... special thanks
Ginny Newhart .... special thanks
Randy Newman .... thanks
Tony Oppedisano .... special thanks (as Tony 'O' Oppedisano)
Darren Robertson .... thanks
Jennifer Ryan .... thanks
Jenniphur Ryan .... special thanks
Paul Shefrin .... special thanks
Jeff Sotzing .... special thanks
Don Turley .... thanks
Bob Zmuda .... special thanks
 

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USA:89 min
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While Bobby Slayton lists the many shows Rickles appeared on in the 1960's, he names "Bewitched" (1964). Rickles never appeared on the show.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Laughter for LoveSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Polished portrait of a showbiz icon, 9 October 2007
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Obviously it is very hard to be a stand-up comic. It requires good material, immense courage, and perfect timing. The ability to improvise may be very important. John Landis says Don Rickles, who is now 81 but still performing with amazing vigor, is not a comic but a performance artist. In fact, he does not tell jokes. He also does not use prepared material. He is a Jewish comic, though. He identifies himself as Jewish. He uses his schtick--he insults people--and he works with what comes up. National origin, weight, looks, a bad hairpiece, anything is fair game. Why do people love it?

This is what veteran filmmaker ('Animal House', 'The Blues Brothers'; Michael Jackson's 'Thriller') John Landis aims to tell us.He isn't looking for flaws, secret sorrows, bad relationships. He has told the press Rickles hasn't any of those. Landis has been a friend and admirer of Rickles for decades; he was an eighteen-year-old gofer on the set of 'Kelly's Heroes' in the Seventies when he first met the man. (Rickles has been in a lot of movies and TV shows and the film documents that.) This is an affectionate portrait. And it works. It's impossible to walk away from it without liking Rickles and wearing a smile.

Some of the speakers: Debbie Reynolds, Chris Rock, Martin Scosese, Joan Rivers, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Poitier, Ernest Borgnine (he and Rickles played 'The Odd Couple' on Broadway), Roseanne, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, and many others--all admirers.

There are segments of a 2006 Las Vegas performance, and it is this, of course, that best shows what Rickles does and how good he is at it, but this is not a concert film. It's the story of the working life and an affectionate portrait of a man who, it seems, has practiced his trade of being "the king of insults" for 48 years and yet made no enemies?

How has he done that? The simplest answer is, Because he's good. He pulls out the worst clichés: a man says he's German and he goose-steps on stage. He makes you laugh in spite of yourself. In the end you may realize it's really good-natured stuff. It clears the air. Joan Rivers, Landis has said (Aaron Hills retells the story in the Village Voice) once recounted how a Florida judge came backstage where they were both performing and invited Rickles to play golf with him and Rickles replied, "Listen: One, I'm leaving town. Two, you're a putz. You're loud, obnoxious, incredibly boring, and I wouldn't play golf with you because I don't live here and you couldn't fix a ticket. No." But, Landis says, Hills left out the most important part: the judge loved it. He laughed uproariously.

Such an exchange makes one--it made the judge--into a figment of the imagination, the wild imagination--of a very funny man. It is an honor to be insulted by such a comic genius. Rickles has the good material, the immense courage, and the perfect timing. And they have never left him.

He also has been married for thirty years, has two sons, and is loved. He is, Landis said, in a long monologue at the NYFF press Q&A, a great "schmearer" (Yiddish term for tipping): everywhere he goes he passes out bills so when he comes back, he's more than welcome. But this isn't a payoff; it's niceness.

The film also shows some clips of Dean Martin roasts. Rickles obviously is the king of the roast--a gathering, among friends, where someone is honored by being affectionately insulted by everyone. The insults show they're friends. In a sense, by insulting his audiences at shows in big rooms at Vegas or Miami or Indian casinos, he's showing them they're friends; he's establishing trust. Otherwise, obviously, it would just be ugly.

One of the side benefits of the film is its portrait of Las Vegas. Extraordinarly, all the entertainers who performed when the town was run by the mafia are nostalgic for those days--when, they say, everyone was treated very well.

Again, the NYFF is not a venue for great documentaries. This is a very good-looking, neatly edited film. It will be shown on HBO. It is not a milestone in the art of documentary. John Landis was very entertaining at the press Q&A. He loves this subject.

A New York Film Festival 2007 official selection.

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