Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.
Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »
James Hatcher embezzles ten million dollars from a joint mafia/CIA operation, leaving them squabbling with each other. Unemployed Lewis Kinney gets caught up in the intrigue, and must try ... See full summary »
If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in ... See full summary »
Former secret agent Robert Elliot (Coburn) will be promoted to government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to... See full summary »
Beloved priest Father Thomasino is murdered in a San Francisco alley, and the police have few clues. But traffic cop Joe Martini becomes obsessed with finding the killer; he suspects Sylvio... See full summary »
Every day, Sophie sees her husband Augustin leaving the house to work for his small dairy farm. He gives all his strength to his work. Yet, since some time now, his farm production is not ... See full summary »
Dick Miller is the last of the great American character actors. Whether sharing the screen with Nicholson, DeNiro, Schwarzenegger or The Ramones, Dick has been stealing scenes since his screen debut in 1955. He has worked with some of the great directors: Scorsese, Corman, Fuller, Dante, Cameron, Demme and more. Every moviegoer knows his face, but few know his name and even fewer know his story - an aspiring writer turned accidental actor. For the first time, Dick Miller has allowed filmmakers incredible access to his life and home for this funny and unexpected story. Joining him are the directors, producers, co-stars and friends who have helped make him Hollywood's leading "that guy". Written by
Love for acting, love of life, and love for a beautiful, devoted partner. Dick's got it all, and this well-crafted documentary is a labor of love, too, having taken 3 years to complete. I saw it this evening in Toronto (Lainie Miller's hometown) with the Millers in attendance. If you have seen much of his work, you'll still be charmed by the lesser-know movies and TV appearances, all delivered with equal enthusiasm and panache by one of the greatest character actors ever. Lainie's contributions are not ignored, as she did acting and day jobs to support their family in dry spells. I had honestly not known she played the sexy stripper in The Graduate!
The film is also a pretty inclusive history of American B-movies, beginning with Roger Corman's initial run in the 50's, through New World and Joe Dante's films. Anyone with a love of this kind of movie-making will not be disappointed. Mrs. Miller produced the film and told us the upcoming DVD release (May 15) will have much more material, so put it on your shopping list.
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