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Martin and Lewis (2002)

The story of the 10-year rocky relationship between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.


John Gray


John Gray, Arthur Marx (book)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hayes ... Jerry Lewis
Jeremy Northam ... Dean Martin
Paula Cale ... Betty Martin
Sarah Manninen ... Patti Lewis
Kate Levering ... Jeanne Martin
Scott McCord ... Abby Greshler
Steve Brinder Steve Brinder ... Danny Lewis
Rhona Shekter Rhona Shekter ... Rae Lewis
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Lou Perry
Bill Lake ... Hal Wallis
Tony Nappo ... Jimmy Napoli
David Eisner David Eisner ... Lew Wasserman
Aron Tager ... Max Coleman
Robert Morelli Robert Morelli ... Skinny D'Amato
Markus Parilo Markus Parilo ... Irwin Woolfe


Even at the start of his singing career, Dean Martin is an impressive gentleman, big, tall, handsome, exquisitely dressed, fitting his nightingale voice and naturally classy appeal, even though his womanizing costs him enough in alimony to declare bankruptcy. Jerry Lewis on the other hand is an unsightly schmuck, whose buffoon version of stand-up comedy is an agent's nightmare. When he accepts playing MC in a show with Dean, he tries interacting with him, and they hit gold judging by the audience's reactions. Initially Dean wants to walk off and stay a solo act, but success as a duo is irresistible, and they rocket together, even in Hollywood. However in time they fall out of friendship as their characters and lifestyle clash, and Dean still dreams of solo success. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every end has a beginning.

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Release Date:

24 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira História de Martin e Lewis See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jerry Lewis himself insisted on coaching Sean Hayes on how to portray him and his mugging and physical comedy accurately for the film. See more »


In an early scene, when Sean Hayes drop plates on the floor, they don't break, but it sounds like they are. See more »


References You're Never Too Young (1955) See more »


That's Amore
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by Jeremy Northam during a re-enactment of the Colgate Comedy Hour
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Anti-Dean Martin film is a let-down
25 November 2002 | by jtpaladinSee all my reviews

I think a better title for "Martin & Lewis" would have been, "Dean Martin was nothing without Jerry Lewis". Sadly, this was not true.

It's no surprise that Lewis said he loved this film. At the same time, I'm sure if Martin were alive today, he would feel he had just been roasted, in a bad way.

It seems as though this film was actually written by Jerry Lewis or by fans of Lewis angry at Dean Martin. The portrayal of Dean Martin in this film as an alcoholic, philandering, friend of mobsters is wholly inaccurate. This TV-movie would have you believe that without Lewis, Martin would have gone down in flames early in his career. Again, this is simply not true. Dean Martin was already a success when Lewis came along with sole comic routine. Further proof against this fallacy is the fact that Martin went on, after the dissolution of the partnership, to a very successful career in films and music.

The real story as to why this partnership broke-up? Jerry Lewis was an insecure, money-grubbing, control-freak that would steal Martin's lines and would be jealous of any attention Martin would get. Does this TV-film allude to any of this? To its' credit, yes, it does, but the films' writers dire need to try and show a balanced reason for why the comedy team broke up moves past these issues far too fast and attacks Martin in ways that have no connection to reality.

The worst part of all this is that I didn't even find myself laughing at any of the "comic" bits that were in this film. I think if you're going to make a film about one of the most successful comedy teams in history, you should at least make some of it funny.

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