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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 May 1982 (USA)
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Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rigby Reardon
... Juliet Forrest
... The Exterminator (archive footage)
... Field Marshall VonKluck
... Leona Hastings-Forrest (archive footage)
... Sam Hastings (in 'Lost Weekend') (archive footage)
... Kitty Collins (archive footage)
... Swede Anderson (archive footage)
... Phillip Marlowe (archive footage)
... 'Handsome' (in 'Suspicion') (archive footage)
... F.X. Huberman (archive footage)
... Monica Stillpond (archive footage)
... Doris Davermont (archive footage)
... Jimmi-Sue Altfeld (archive footage)
... Altfeld (archive footage)
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Storyline

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta." Searching for answers, Rigby encounters assorted low-lifes: dangerous men and women who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. Filming in black and white allows scenes from old movies to be cut into this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Philip Marlowe himself. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>, Ed. by Peter Victor <thevictor99@yahoo.com>

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Laugh... or I'll blow your lips off!


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21 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Men Wear No Plaid  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,289,601, 23 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,197,170
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1.85 : 1
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Actor Steve Martin sports dark hair in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Field Marshal Von Kluck's (Carl Reiner) collar insignia are on the the wrong way. The right tab should should be on the left side and the left on the right. See more »

Quotes

Rigby Reardon: And I brought you a puppy, something you never had as a boy.
Jimmie Sue's Father: Now get out!
Rigby Reardon: [lifts the dog] Come on, Ramon.
[to Altfeld]
Rigby Reardon: You don't deserve a puppy.
Jimmie Sue's Father: Wait! Pick that up.
Rigby Reardon: But it's all soft and steamy.
Jimmie Sue's Father: Pick that up!
Rigby Reardon: You're a sick man, Altfeld. You can make me pick up dog dirt, but you can't stop me from seeing Jimmi Sue.
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Crazy Credits

There is a spelling mistake with the Composer. In the credits at the beginning he is spelled: Miklos Rosza. In the credits after the end he is spelled correct: Miklos Rozsa. See more »


Soundtracks

Dead Men's Bolero
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Steve Goodman
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A quirky but funny movie
16 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Its the sort of idea that inevitably gets tried out as soon as it becomes technically possible. Inter-cutting classic film noir with contemporary work to produce a comedy film. Usually such ideas come a serious cropper - as was proved (as others have stated) by Zelig. However, this film hits it right on the mark. The design and editing allow for seamless cutting between the old and the new footage. The script is good and has the right level of absurd humour to make the film work. I'm not a fan of Steve Martin but its impossible to imagine anyone else matching this performance. Rachel Ward is beautiful and sassy. Its a film of its time - just made in time to catch the costume and musical talent of the past before they departed from the scene but made before the sort of hi-tech morphing and cgi which would have ruined its feel.

If you haven't seen it then watch it - if you have seen it then watch it again. This definitely rewards repeated viewings. Its no Citizen Kane but it is darned good entertainment if you share my sense of humour...


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