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The Three Stooges (2000)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 24 April 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.


James Frawley


Michael Fleming (book), Janet Roach (television story) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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 ... Harry Cohn
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


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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Did You Know?


The movie made use of a Sydney landmark in an innovative way. New York's "Coney Island" amusement park used to have an attraction within its grounds called "Luna Park". Sydney's amusement park, "Luna Park", is of similar vintage. It has a still-functioning attraction inside its grounds named "Coney Island". Even though the neon-lit facades of each park's rides are quite different, a temporary staging area was placed in front of Luna Park Sydney's main "face" entrance for night-time filming - and the movie's main characters appear that they are inside New York's amusement park, performing in front of an elaborate "Luna Park" attraction. See more »


When the Stooges first arrive at Columbia, a sound man shows them a sort of "magic box" on which he can push buttons to create sound effects for their act. He calls them "Foley effects". In fact, Foley recording is the technique of recording sound effects live and in real time while screening the picture, and although sound man Jack Foley was already beginning to develop this technique over at Universal, it was not yet known by his name. See more »


[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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The Stooges were screwed!
24 April 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

Seeing this ABC TV Movie changed the way I looked at the Stooges. I still found them to be very funny (who didn't?) but this showed how they were really ripped off. Paul Ben-Victor, Evan Handler, Michael Chiklis and Jon Kassir do an excellent job of portraying the famous Stooges. This was a drama about the classic funny men. It really was a sad tv movie with not as much humor as you might expect. On the bright side, the film's ending was on a high note for the Stooges.

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24 April 2000 (USA) See more »

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