Defending Your Life

Defending Your Life

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Cast: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant

     
 

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Albert Brooks' heavenly comedy Defending Your Life comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew profiles andSee more details below

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Albert Brooks' heavenly comedy Defending Your Life comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew profiles and theatrical trailers. Warner Bros. has done an acceptable job with this release, which is probably all that is necessary for such an entertaining film.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Enchanting, always funny, sometimes hilarious, and featuring a surprisingly light comic performance from the ever adaptable Meryl Streep, this is the most likeable and endearing comedy to date for writer/director/star Albert Brooks. His satirical edge, so sharp in his three previous films -- Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981), and Lost in America (1985) -- seems at first glance to have been dulled, even if his funny bone is still in perfect working order. But Brooks is still mocking the human race; it's just that his humor has become gentler, suggesting that his longtime bitterness has evolved into a bemused, perceptive wisdom. Those who have become addicted to the Brooks oeuvre and its underlying neurotic cynicism might be dismayed that their favorite artistic pessimist has created a film that can be labeled heartwarming. But most Brooks fans will be delighted to find intact the brand of raw, naked honesty about the writer/director's own shortcomings they expect, treated with a tender forgiveness that's a new development to be sure, but an entirely welcome one. Peopled with memorable supporting players (particularly Rip Torn as a gruff but amiable legal eagle), and overflowing with creative ideas about the afterlife and its machinations, Defending Your Life amounts to a must-see film from one of the funniest, most under-appreciated filmmakers of our time.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0085391204923
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Cast and filmmaker profiles, Québecois French-language soundtrack, original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Daniel Miller
Meryl Streep Julia
Rip Torn Bob Diamond
Lee Grant Lena Foster
Buck Henry Dick Stanley
Shirley MacLaine Herself
Scott S. Bullock Daniel's Father
Barbara Claman Actor
Raffi Di Blasio Daniel as a Boy
Mark Dunlap Tram Port Attendant
Mark Saks Actor
Alex Sheafe Martin
Michael Durrell Agency Head
James Eckhouse Jeep Owner
Gary Beach Car Salesman
Julie Cobb Tram Guide
Peter Schuck Stan
Tim Winters Porter
Sharlie Stuart Susan
Beth Black Soap Opera Woman
Clayton Norcross Soap Opera Man
James MacKrell Game Show Moderator
Wil Albert Game Show Contestant
Sage Allen Game Show Contestant
Mary Pat Gleason Waitress
Maxine Hicks Woman on bus
Marilyn Rockafellow Helen
Roger Behr Comedian
Art Frankel Arthur
Ernie Brown Ernie
George D. Wallace Daniel's Judge
Lillian Lehman Daniel's Judge
Kristopher Kent Hill Bully
Eric Ehasz Child in Schoolyard
Matthew Scharch Daniel as an Infant
Carol Bivins Daniel's Mother
Gary Ballard Mr. Wadworth
Mary Mukogawa Sushi Hostess
Toshio Shikami Head Sushi Chef
Kagko Shikami Sushi Chef
Samee Park Sushi Chef
Tommy Inouye Sushi Chef
Ken Thorley Frank
Bob Braun Talk Show Host
Jennifer Barlow Talk Show Guest
Joey Miyashima Casio Tipster
Nurit Koppel Daniel's Date
Susan Walters Daniel's Wife
Sidney Chankin Used Car Salesman
Greg Finley Used Car Salesman
Leonard Turner Sam
Cliff Einstein Julia's Prosecutor
Rachel Bard Julia's Judge
Newell Alexander Julia's Judge
Hal Landon Man in Past Lives Pavilion
Ida Lee Woman in Past Lives Pavilion
Noley Thornton Victorian Girl
Glen Chin Sumo Wrestler
James Ekim Native
Clarke Coleman Knight
Ron Colby Majestic Doorman
David Purdham Peter
James Paradise Stage Manager
Jerry Prell Banquet Manager
Arell Blanton Fire Marshall
Shana Ballard Julia's Daughter
Chris Macris Julia's Son
Joseph Darrell Maitre d'
James Manis Eduardo
Cathleen Chin Ticket Counter Agent
Lisa Sears Tram Port Attendant
Vernon Roguen Tram Port Attendant
Dennis Germain Tram Driver
Ethan Randall Steve

Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
David Finfer Editor
Michael Gore Score Composer
Robert Grand Co-producer
Michael Grillo Producer
Herb Nanas Executive Producer
Ida Random Production Designer
Richard Reynolds Art Director
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DEFENDING YOUR LIFE
0. Scene Selections
1. Happy birthday. [2:02]
2. New car. [1:41]
3. Something's Coming head on. [1:34]
4. Credits. [2:16]
5. Welcome to Judgement City. [3:31]
6. Bob Diamond's wake-up call. [3:46]
7. Dog stories. [3:07]
8. Dunce of the universe. [6:21]
9. What smart people. [3:19]
10. The Bomb Shelter (That Was Life). [4:20]
11. Distracted by Julia. [4:52]
12. Day 1:fear vs. restraint. [8:16]
13. The bond can wait. [5:28]
14. Comparing notes over sushi. [3:06]
15. Late-night message. [1:14]
16. Day 2: a substitute. [1:17]
17. Bad judgment. [3:24]
18. The odor of suits. [2:51]
19. Compiled misjudgements. [1:57]
20. Past Lives Pavilion. [4:35]
21. Minitaure golf and mutual attraction. [3:14]
22. Day 3: speechless. [4:44]
23. Snowmobile snafu. [3:40]
24. A glimpse at Julia's life. [1:50]
25. Italian food and guilt. [5:57]
26. Declared: love...and hesitation. [3:44]
27. Second thoughts. [1:39]
28. Day 4: be nice to me. [2:52]
29. About last night. [5:05]
30. The judgement. [1:36]
31. Brave enough. [4:02]
32. End Credits [3:35]

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