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17 December 2011 (USA) See more »
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With Jerry Lewis (1926- )as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his... See more » | Add synopsis »
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I am a genius and beloved movie star because I say so See more (6 total) »

Cast

 
Michael Andrew ... Himself

Alec Baldwin ... Himself

Richard Belzer ... Himself

Carol Burnett ... Herself

Chevy Chase ... Himself

Billy Crystal ... Himself

Woody Harrelson ... Himself
Lawrence Inglee ... Himself

John Landis ... Himself

Jerry Lewis ... Himself

Richard Lewis ... Himself

Nigel Lythgoe ... Himself

Deana Martin ... Herself

Eddie Murphy ... Himself
Lee Musiker ... Himself

Daniel Noah ... Himself

Carl Reiner ... Himself

Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself

Quentin Tarantino ... Himself

Directed by
Gregg Barson 
 
Produced by
Julie Ashton .... executive producer
Gregg Barson .... producer
Jerry Lewis .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Peter Good 
 
Film Editing by
James Ruxin  (as Jim Ruxin)
 
Art Department
Jacques Dupuy .... graphic design
 
Sound Department
Warren Kleiman .... re-recording mixer
Jeremy Settles .... sound mixer
 
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Jacques Dupuy .... visual effects
 
Editorial Department
Nigel Campbell .... post-production coordinator
Alex Trocker .... on-line editor
Brian Ufberg .... additional editing
 
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Kenny Meriedeth .... music supervisor
 

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I am a genius and beloved movie star because I say so, 14 March 2014
Author: edshullivan from Canada Toronto Ontario

I grew up looking forward to my weekends so that I could watch another Jerry Lewis film at the local movie theatre which always carried 3 feature matinees comprised of a western film starring either John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, an adventure or music film which starred either Tarzan or Elvis and of course a comedy film that starred either Jerry Lewis or Abbott and Costello.

What I have is nothing but such fond memories of the Jerry Lewis comedies that kept me entertained and glued to my seat as he went from one silly character to another silly character. The colorization technology was emerging and Jerry's dark blue hair was a reminder of another feature film star named Elvis Presley. For a young lad as myself I much preferred Jerry's slapstick brand of comedy to the other genre's of the 1960's and 1970's.

So it is with much regret that I was subjected to the film Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. Jerry, why did you think you had to produce such a self serving and narcissism based film about yourself while proceeding into your 80's? What a bunch of hooey Jerry. Was there not people in your life that you looked up to that you could have referred to with humility and abstain from trying to embarrass them? Your fall out with Dean Martin is well documented and you reflect on your relationship as nothing but loving, and it would appear (from your point of view) that the break up was all Dean's fault. Again I say, what a bunch of hooey Jerry.

You may not realize it yet Jerry but your true genius is now overshadowed by your own narcissism and what you think your fans want to remember you for. I believe that had you allowed an independent producer produce your biography your millions of fans would have been provided with the true person Jerry Lewis really is. A movie star who married twice, lived a full life starring in film, producing and directing film, while raising a large family and hosting a charity telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for decades. I hope one day to see another independent biography that explains who Jerry Lewis really was, the good, the bad, and the challenged life of Jerry Lewis.

A self serving epitaph from an 80 year old movie star was not was I was expecting from the loving and funny Jerry Lewis that has kept me entertained for the past five decades. Jerry, I own almost all of your movies and have also repurchased them in high definition Blu Ray format because you mean so much to me personally and the happy childhood memories you provided to myself and my young friends who eagerly paid our weekly allowances to view you in Technicolor.

I believe there is some humility in the real Jerry Lewis, so if you are ever in Toronto Canada and wish to share some of your personal challenges with one of your truest and loyal fans, please, please, please feel free to contact me and my wife and I will ensure you have a nice dinner and a quiet place to reveal who Jerry Lewis really is and what made him tick these past 80 plus years. I would much prefer not to be left with the image of Jerry Lewis in this biography, as I know the real Jerry Lewis gave a lot more to his fans, family, friends and to discovering the cure for Muscular Dystrophy than what we saw in Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis.

With much love and unfortunately much regret, I rate this film a 4 out of 10. Jerry, if you do accept my invitation to come to Toronto and tell us about ALL your life experiences (the good, the bad and the real challenges) you will need to leave your ego at the door, as our entrance way is only 3 feet wide, not 3 miles long.

Your loyal fan Ed Shullivan

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