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The Three Stooges (2000)

A biography of the Three Stooges, in which their careers and rise to fame is shown throughout the eyes of their leader, Moe Howard.

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James Frawley

Writers:

Michael Fleming (book), Janet Roach (television story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ben-Victor ... Moe Howard
Evan Handler ... Larry Fine
John Kassir ... Shemp Howard
Michael Chiklis ... Jerome 'Curly' Howard
Rachael Blake ... Helen Howard
Anna Lise Phillips ... Mabel Fine (as Anna-Lise Phillips)
Jeanette Cronin ... Gertrude Howard
Joel Edgerton ... Tom Cosgrove
Marton Csokas ... Ted Healy
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Harry Cohn
Brandon Burke Brandon Burke ... Harry Romm
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Jules White (as Lewis Fitzgerald)
Peter Callan ... Joe DeRita
Laurence Coy ... Joe Besser
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... Judge
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Storyline

In the late 1950s, Moe Howard, the leader of the Three Stooges, is at a low point of his life with his film career apparently over, and he won't earn a dime from the impending big profits when his films are shown on television. In addition, he is being pestered by a young television executive who wants his team for a live show at his city. Amidst all this, Moe can't help but think back to the past starting from the beginning of the team's career with Ted Healy and their break from him to eventually having a successful film career in shorts. Yet that can't obscure the tragedy of Jerome "Curly" Howard's stroke and death or the death of his other brother Shemp. While he reminisces, Moe must decide whether to gamble on whether there will be a new generation of fans who will let the team to enter a new phase of their career. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Their comedy made us laugh out loud. But their lives were pure drama. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A három komédiás See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

After The Three Stooges retired, Moe Howard is shown delivering lunch to Columbia President Harry Cohn and later taking Cohn's Cadillac out to get washed, all in order to make some extra money. That never happened, as Moe had made some very astute investments over the years and by the time he retired was quite well off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Moe: How old are you?
Young Shemp: Seventeen.
Young Moe: Come on, you're older than that.
Young Shemp: No, I got a birth certificate.
Young Moe: You couldn't get that dirty in seventeen years.
Young Moe: How 'about you, how old are you?
Young Jerome: I was seven. Three years in Sanford, Connecticut.
Young Moe: That makes you nine.
Young Jerome: Not 'til I get back to Connecticut...
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References You Nazty Spy! (1940) See more »

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A touching look at the men behind the nyuks.
25 April 2000 | by CurtisG-3See all my reviews

It's a fact of life: Men think the Three Stooges are hilarious, and most women just don't get them. But women might want to give them a second chance after seeing this touching biography.

The thing that struck me most about the Three Stooges movie was its tone. This was a film made by people who genuinely cared about the Three Stooges, people who wanted to express their appreciation by giving the world a glimpse of the men behind the laughs. The Stooges were comic geniuses, but they were human and fragile, just like the rest of us. Sure it was sappy at times, and sometimes seemed to gloss over or omit certain events, but hey--you can't show thirty years in two hours without missing something. Especially poignant was the relationship between Moe and his "little" brother Curly.

Told mostly in flashbacks, The Three Stooges follows the boys from their Vaudeville days with Ted Healy to their triumphant return to the stage after the first TV showing of their two-reel shorts. The reality was that Columbia pictures was making a mint off the Stooges films, but their contract cut them out of any profit-sharing. Anxious to get back to the stage and enjoy some of the fame they've earned, Moe, Larry, and Joe "Curly Joe" DeRita agree to make the first of many personal appearances at a TV station. The final scene has Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe taking the stage for the first time in years.

I'm not ashamed to admit it: When the curtain went up and the surviving Stooges looked out at the packed house, I cried. Maybe because the Stooges are a part of my history--a good and happy part--the way they're a part of the history of every kid who grew up watching their antics.

It's not perfect, but it's the best there is. At the very least, it's a good Stooges primer and a stepping stone to further Stooge research. The Stooges will never go away, because let's face it: As long as men are men, the Three Stooges will be their comic heroes.


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