Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.


Peter Bogdanovich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Bogdanovich ... Self / Narrator (voice)
Dick Cavett ... Self (archive footage)
Frank Capra ... Self (archive footage)
James Curtis James Curtis ... Self
James Karen ... Self
Dick Van Dyke ... Self
Johnny Knoxville ... Self
Louise Keaton Louise Keaton ... Self (archive footage)
Harry Keaton Harry Keaton ... Self (archive footage) (as Harry "Jingles" Keaton)
Buster Keaton ... Self (archive footage)
Paul Dooley ... Self
Patricia Eliot Tobias Patricia Eliot Tobias ... Self
Bob Borgen Bob Borgen ... Self
French Stewart ... Self
Richard Lewis ... Self


Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

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Not particularly great
6 November 2018 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

A good doc on Keaton, but not great.

Once again another film confronts its viewers with talking heads telling us why ***they*** think the title character was great. Please, don't tell us, show us! Give the viewer credit for having some substance between his/her ears. Show us why Keaton was a great comedian. Don't inundate us with personal opinions. It's easily demonstrated, i believe, because the man was truly great.

I tire of entertainment personalities acting as qualified historians. If they have good, unbiased insight into the man, I'll listen; however, none of this movie's talking heads are unbiased. They all have a dog in the fight. They all passionately adore BK. That's fine, but please don't think because you knew the man that you have some secret insight into him. Many of the talking heads are simply repeating apocryphal stories.

A good written biography and a small selection of his best film's on DVD is a fine introduction to the man.

This film is more hagiography than insightful biography.

Having said all this, I'd still recommend the film. Just make sure you pick up those DVDs.

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5 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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The Great Buster See more »


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$7,107, 7 October 2018

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