6.8/10
375
12 user 2 critic

Gleason (2002)

The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Gleason
... George 'Bullets' Durgom
... Genevieve Halford
... Audrey Meadows
... Art Carney
Danny Wells ... Jack L. Warner (as Jack Daniel Wells)
... Sammy Birch
... Sol Friedman
... Toots Shor
... William S. Paley
... Jack Philbin - Gleason's manager
... Marilyn Taylor
... Mae Gleason
Jack Langedijk ... Herb Gleason
Jake Brockman ... Young Jackie Gleason
Edit

Storyline

The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years entering amateur contests, performing in sleazy night spots. Along the way, he steals gags from the best comics in town and finds love with Genevieve, a dancer whom he marries. But Gleason isn't the ideal husband or even a responsible father as he abandons his family to answer the call of Hollywood. Brash, arrogant, and egotistical, he alienates his directors and the man who discovers him. When he ends up back in New York, Gleason gets one of those rare second chances in the new medium of television, creating some of its most unforgettable characters. But even as Gleason becomes the talk of the tube, his life - ruled by demons of rage, booze, and insecurity - unravels. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

How Sweet It Was! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The same audience is used every time the audience is shown. See more »

Goofs

Gleason is shown being fired from Navy Blues in 1949 or 1950. In real life, the film premiered in 1941 and he was not fired. Also, Cavalcade of Stars was not his TV debut. He starred in the short-lived series The Life of Riley. See more »

Connections

References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great performance but confusing
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I agree that Garrett's performance was amazing, he captured the essence of Gleason perfectly. My biggest issues with the movie were two:

1. Jumping back in forth in time. I got lost after three different levels of flashbacks in the first 5 minutes. Why?

2. Completely ignored his movie career. The movie jumped from his TV work in the mid-1950's to a TV interview in the 90's (probably supposed to be his "60 Minutes" interview in 1991). Why? I hope CBS is not so crass that they mainly wanted to present him in ways having to do with his appearances on CBS! That would be amazing. His movie career occupied a much larger portion of his life than his TV career. Most of us are familiar with his later silly roles, but he did some great movie roles in the 1960s: "The Hustler" (original), "Soldier in the Rain", "Papa's Delicate Condition", etc. You can check IMDB for yourself. All worth seeing.

On the plus side, the cinematography was excellent, and looked very good in HDTV. If you didn't see it in HD, try to next time.

Also Michael Chieffo gives a pretty convincing portrayal (though perhaps a little restrained) of Art Carney, in the few scenes he appears.

Finally, Garrett goes from young and thin to really quite chubby, in both body and face. Either an excellent job of makeup and costuming, or he gained a heck of a lot of weight for the role, or a little of both? If it was done with appliances, it was the best job I've ever seen. Completely convincing, even viewed in HD.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed