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Martin and Lewis (2002)

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

Director:

John Gray

Writers:

John Gray, Arthur Marx (book)
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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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Dean and Jerry are driving through Hollywood for the first time, there is a crew member/cameraman clearly sitting on the the hood of the car, or where the hood would be. See more »

Connections

References At War with the Army (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Amore
(uncredited)
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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One-sided story filled with inaccuracies, mostly in regards to Dean Martin
9 May 2005 | by TBear6000See all my reviews

Let me state from the start that this film certainly could have been worse. With that said, it was far from a stellar offering. The actor that played Jerry Lewis did a good job. However, the actor that played Dean Martin didn't looked at all like him. But that's just casting. The problems with this film is much deeper. To make it brief, the film is a one-sided story filled with inaccuracies, mostly in regards to Dean Martin, his life, his attitudes, and his contributions to, and feeling about, the Martin & Lewis partnership. It's easy to see why Jerry Lewis liked this film. To be fair, the film does touch on Lewis' jealousies of Martin and his need to always be the center of attention. However, it only does so in passing, and avoids really getting into the huge role Lewis' jealousies and bad attitude played in breaking up the team. Furthermore, its portrayal of Dean Martin, and his personal life, is riddled with clichés. Anyone who knows the least thing about the real Dean Martin - not the roles he played in his films or his nightclub act - can easily point out where the film substitutes fiction for truth because it makes a more interesting story, and makes Lewis come out looking better. In short, if you're looking for the truth, this film does not deliver.


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Language:

English

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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1.33 : 1
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