Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.
In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.
A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »
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Dick Miller is the last of the great American character actors. Whether sharing the screen with Nicholson, DeNiro, Schwarzenegger or The Ramones, Dick has been stealing scenes since his screen debut in 1955. He has worked with some of the great directors: Scorsese, Corman, Fuller, Dante, Cameron, Demme and more. Every moviegoer knows his face, but few know his name and even fewer know his story - an aspiring writer turned accidental actor. For the first time, Dick Miller has allowed filmmakers incredible access to his life and home for this funny and unexpected story. Joining him are the directors, producers, co-stars and friends who have helped make him Hollywood's leading "that guy".Written by
A face so recognizable, most times appearing out of nowhere. There's something about Dick Miller that simply stays with you. No matter the role, large or small, lead or cameo, he just embodies the character. In doing so, the quality of the production is of no concern as he always manages to leave an impression in whatever he appears on; including this documentary. "THAT GUY DICK MILLER" is a wonderful, insightful and often humorous celebration on the personal life and acting career of journeyman, character actor Dick Miller.
From his beginnings in Roger Corman's AIP quickie, low-cost productions to the exploitation boom in the 70s under New World pictures, he became their good luck charm and then finding his way into mainly small parts in studio films of the 80s/90s. He was a face that seemed to pop up everywhere. We are provided with an entertaining, and endearing bunch of elastic interviews by family, friends, and fellow colleagues through to tidbits, film clips and home footage/photographs from his time in the industry.
Learning how he wasn't too interested in acting at first, showed the natural talent he became and why he was so well-liked around those he worked with to constantly pop up in so many films/TV shows throughout years. The structure's timeline does breeze by, where sometimes I think it becomes a little too focus discussing the film at hand, but still it stays interesting and never does forget who's the centre piece. Watching Dick Miller interacting with wife Lainie was pure delight, so was those moments in his house looking over movie memorabilia, reliving encounters/relationships and showing other talents (animation/illustrative art) which is hard not to be blown away by.
If you're a fan of Dick Miller (and who isn't?!), do not pass it up.
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