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Fire Sale (1977)

Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Arkin

Writers:

Robert Klane (screenplay), Robert Klane (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Ezra Fikus
Rob Reiner ... Russel Fikus
Vincent Gardenia ... Benny Fikus
Anjanette Comer ... Marion Fikus
Kay Medford ... Ruth Fikus
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Virginia
Sid Caesar ... Sherman
Alex Rocco ... Al
Byron Stewart Byron Stewart ... Captain
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Blossom
William Bogert ... Insurance Doctor (as Bill Bogert)
Richard Libertini ... Painter
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Painter
John Batiste John Batiste ... M.D. #1
Augusta Dabney ... Mrs. Cooper
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Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the responsibility over to his son, Russel. While Russel doesn't get much respect from his parents, he's better off than his brother, Ezra, whom Benny has gone so far as to disown. Ezra is currently battling with his work (coach of a high school basketball team that hasn't won in ages) and his wife (who keeps nagging him that she wants to have a baby as soon as possible) at the same time. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Fikus Family: They're Not Roasted. They're Not Salted. They're Just Plain Nuts.

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Trivia

References "Treasure of the Sierra Madre "--- The high school is named after Alfonso Bedoya, the actor famous for the line "We don't care about no stinking badges!" See more »

Quotes

Ezra Fikus: How would you like your name to be Booker T. Fikus?
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Better than 99% of what passes for "comedy" these days
21 March 2008 | by MikelitoSee all my reviews

Four stars? - give me a break!

I was thrilled and amused when I saw this as a kid - so many unconventional scenes, so many people who don't behave ...

Alright this is not that entertaining for people of today who have lost any attention span. And it's not as brilliantly made as "Where's Poppa?", also written by Robert Klane, but it does have its moments, i.e. most scenes that Arkin and Gardenia are in. Reiner is pretty inept here as usual, though. Kay Medford is very good as a Mother out of touch with reality. A good cast in general.

Some scenes lack a better execution but on the whole this is an original idea that has several subplots which are nicely tied up. Greed, ineptness, dysfunctional families, madness and irritation manifest themselves in many different ways.

Most locations are pretty "awful" by today's viewing habits but that is the exact charm of this movie as opposed to all the slick and sterile over-produced forgettable comedies of today. The settings make this movie look "real" and might tend to make people uneasy about the story because it seems people don't really get their way - no matter how they try. That makes for good comedy because this is how life is when you constantly overreach: You make a fool of yourself.

The main problem with this seems to be that the ideas are funny but better production and direction would not have hurt. This could very well be remade but I doubt people today want to see anyone on the screen who is over 40 years old... And that is pathetic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

6 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

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Fire Sale See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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