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Cracking Up
     

Cracking Up

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Cast: Herb Edelman, Foster Brooks, Buddy Lester

 

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Jerry Lewis reprises his previous movie persona, this time as Warren Nefron, a man unable to successfully kill himself, while Herb Edelman is Dr. Jonas Pletchick, the psychiatrist out to cure him of his failure, in this undistinguished slapstick comedy. Many of Lewis' past routines crop up again through the device of flashbacks, as he sits in the doctor's office and

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Jerry Lewis reprises his previous movie persona, this time as Warren Nefron, a man unable to successfully kill himself, while Herb Edelman is Dr. Jonas Pletchick, the psychiatrist out to cure him of his failure, in this undistinguished slapstick comedy. Many of Lewis' past routines crop up again through the device of flashbacks, as he sits in the doctor's office and remembers vignettes from his past. As usual, the French love his humor and flocked to see this film when it was first released.

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Jerry Lewis's last feature film to date as director is totally informed by his style and comedic obsessions. Unfortunately, Cracking Up is one of his lesser works despite its distinctive approach. The script arranges a variety of setpieces around the thinnest thread of a plot and, as a result, it lives and dies by the quality of these setpieces. Sadly, the results are hit-and-miss: the titles sequence, involving Lewis doing battle with an over-waxed floor, is quite funny but extended gags involving a cheap commuter airline and a swami demanding surgery without anesthesia drag on interminably and offer few laughs in the bargain. Lewis schticks it up as the star, bringing plenty of energy to the goofiest of comedic premises, but his work as director is surprisingly flat: there's none of the visual inventiveness or formal daring that defined earlier classics like The Errand Boy or The Nutty Professor. Thus, Cracking Up is best left to the diehard Lewis fans -- and even they are likely to find it rough going.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2010
UPC:
0883316248751
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
9,703

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Warren Nefron/Dr. Perks
Herb Edelman Dr. Jonas Pletchick
Foster Brooks Pilot
Buddy Lester Passenger
Milton Berle Female Patient
Dick Butkus Actor
Robin Bach Actor
Zane Buzby Waitress
Bill Richmond Actor
Sammy Davis Mr. Billings
Francine York Marie Du Bois
Jodean Lawrence Actor

Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director,Screenwriter
Peter Bergman Screenwriter
Terry Bousman Art Director
Gerald Finnerman Cinematographer
Gene Fowler Editor
Peter Nelson Producer
Arnold H. Orgolini Producer
Philip Proctor Screenwriter
Bill Richmond Screenwriter
Morton Stevens Score Composer

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Cracking Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this movie has any subtitle, closed captions or SDH?