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Good-bye Cruel World (1983)

R | | Comedy | January 1983 (USA)
A man decides he is going to make a film before he commits suicide. With the help of a cameraman, he visits those he wants to tell in this satirical dark comedy of strange characters.


David Irving


Nicholas Niciphor (screenplay), Nicholas Niciphor (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Shawn ... Rodney Pointsetter / Ainsley Pointsetter
Cynthia Sikes ... Joyce
Pierre Jalbert ... Pierre
Pamela Brull Pamela Brull ... Alice
LaWanda Page ... Wilma
Marius Mazmanian Marius Mazmanian ... Rabbi Bandini
Priscilla Pointer ... Myra
Chuck Mitchell ... Larry Locatelli
Darrell Larson ... Kevin
Harris Kal Harris Kal ... Edward
Laura Hawkins Laura Hawkins ... Christine
Lenore Woodward Lenore Woodward ... Grandma
Nathan Roberts Nathan Roberts ... Harry Speck
John Alderman ... Butler
Susan Berlin Susan Berlin ... Woman in Tux


A man decides he is going to make a film before he commits suicide. With the help of a cameraman, he visits those he wants to tell in this satirical dark comedy of strange characters.

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If this was your family you'd also say "Good-bye Cruel World!" See more »




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January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adieu monde cruel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Special Thanks to: DCD Films #1 LTD its organizers, limited partners, Howard Larsen, and the I.R.S. (we hope.) See more »


Spoofs An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »


Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love for You)
Music by Fats Waller (as Thomas Waller)
Music by Harry Brooks
Words by Andy Razaf (as Andy Rozat)
Sung by Dick Shawn
Courtesy of Miles Music, Inc. and Chappel & Co., Inc.
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It won't be cruel to make someone watch this film with you...its funny, at times
10 October 2006 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Rodney (Dick Shawn) is having trouble delivering the news, as he is supposed to, from his job as an anchorman for a local station. There's just too much horrible stuff to report. Besides that, his life is in the toilet, too, having gone through a bad divorce. So, he decides, why not make a movie about the cruelties of life and end the film with his own gunshot suicide? For much of the footage, Rodney only has to visit his relatives to garner the support he needs to leave the world behind. There's the sister with the three children, one a Nazi, one a pink-haired druggie, and the other a plump ballerina. Then, there's grandma who is a bit touchy about her piano. And, so forth. Will Rodney do the nasty deed at the end? This is definitely a weird film but that does not mean its not worth watching. The truth rings out in many segments, demonstrating why this world is cruel but liveable at the same time. One inspired moment crosses The Elephant Man with An Officer and a Gentleman. Shawn is truly great as the man who wants to end it all and all of the supporting players are fun. If you want to make this night's tube agenda something out of the ordinary, rent or borrow this film. You'll know you are not in Kansas anymore but you may get more than a few laughs along the way.

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