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Cracking Up (1983)

Smorgasbord (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 13 April 1983 (France)
Suicidal nerd seeks help from psychiatrist, runs into various nutty characters.

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Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter
Milton Berle ... Ms. Sultry
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself
Herb Edelman ... Dr. Jonas Pletchick
Foster Brooks ... The Pilot
Zane Buzby ... Waitress / Valet / Woman in Line (as Zane Busby)
Dick Butkus ... Anti-Smoking Enforcer
Francine York ... Marie Du Bois
John Abbott ... Surgeon
Bill Richmond Bill Richmond
Donna Ponterotto ... Stewardess
Robin Bach Robin Bach
Buddy Lester ... Passenger
Paul Lambert ... Joe - Carpet Installer
Ben Davidson Ben Davidson ... Big Bearded Plane Passenger
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Storyline

Warren Nefron is a hopeless klutz who has some of the worst luck in the world: when he tries to end it all with a foolproof suicide plan, he still manages to mess it up. In desperation, he goes to a psychiatrist to see if there is some way for him to end his troubles. As the doctor talks with him, the film cuts to a series of shorts about scenes from Nefron's life, and the lives of the people around him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He's gone... Beyond nutty. Beyond wacky. Beyond zany! See more »

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cracking Up See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

After principal photography on this film was completed, Jerry Lewis went to have triple bypass heart surgery at the Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. See more »

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Boom mic is seen during the Spleen Surgery scene after Jerry disassociates himself from his body before the surgery. See more »

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Outtakes are shown during the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) See more »

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Jerry's Masterpiece
15 November 2004 | by lzf0See all my reviews

The final Lewis directed opus is his finest. He has never been funnier or more inventive. In the opening sequence, Jerry gets every laugh possible with vinyl. Of course the sequence goes on much too long, but that is exactly what you expect from Jerry. The French costume sketch is very clever. The best gag sequence in the film concerns the waitress and her listing of salad dresssings. I laugh every time I think of this sequence. Most people consider "The Nutty Professor" to be the best Lewis film, but this one is much more fun. I also recommend the first Lewis directed film, "The Bellboy", where Lewis is out to prove that he is a worthy writer-director.


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