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.
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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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