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Release Date:
4 December 2007 (USA) See more »
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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)

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If you haven't seen Rickles's stand-up, you don't know the art of the comic-insult 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)
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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 Raee .... colorist
 
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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Yankee Doodle BoySee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
If you haven't seen Rickles's stand-up, you don't know the art of the comic-insult, 2 December 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

John Landis's new documentary on Don Rickles, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, works best when focused squarely on its star attraction. Every so often Landis gets distracted in telling (or rather showing other people like Bob Newhart) go on about the glory days of a mob-run Las Vegas, and it starts to loose a little of its focus. And every so often he takes a misstep with the editing. But since comedy is Landis's strong-suit as a director, anyway, it's fitting that his film works best when his subject is given the full-treatment, either in clips of his performances, his old Johnny Carson appearances, or with some of his adulators telling it like it is: he's one of the funniest stand-up comics of his time. And still today he kiss: watching him completely skewer every single race and both sexes in a Vegas audience is dynamite (sometimes you just wait for him to drop his microphone in ironic disgust).

Just hearing the man tell stories, or talk about his wonderful (and wonderfully Jewish) mother, or doing lovingly stupid imitations of his wife (the tongue is what clicks it), is entertaining. He's a man who takes his fame completely in stride, but not for granted. He tells of a cruel prank done on the set of Run Silent Run Deep involving him and Clark Gable; he goes overboard as host of the Tonight Show by breaking Carson's box or whatever, and Carson goes right next-door to the set of Rickles's show, where after he apologizes he says "ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Carson!" And then the testimonies themselves bring up laughs (Sarah Silverman comments how Rickles taught her what black people were like living secluded in New Hampshire), even if it's just repeating old Rickles lines. His is a very precise shtick where finding the line and only going across it so much is like an art- you don't want to make it into a totally sensationalist exercise, but the audience still has to have a good time at not only others' expenses, but their own. It's a kind of all-inclusive comedy, be it the schmuck who's 300 pounds and with a dopey wife, or the president, or, of course most brilliantly, Dean Martin.

It's not exactly a great documentary, but it's a fine showcase, and the kind of remembrance for one of those old kings of comedy that haven't yet kicked the bucket, like (unfortunately) so many in show-biz have in recent years. 7.5/10

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