Kiss Me, Stupid!

Kiss Me, Stupid!

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Billy Wilder, Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston

     
 

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While film buffs are still arguing the relative merits of Billy Wilder's infamous comedy of infidelity and mistaken identity, at least MGM's DVD release presents the material in a manner that shows the movie to its best advantage. Kiss Me, Stupid! has been given a rich and well-balanced transfer in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1;…  See more details below

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While film buffs are still arguing the relative merits of Billy Wilder's infamous comedy of infidelity and mistaken identity, at least MGM's DVD release presents the material in a manner that shows the movie to its best advantage. Kiss Me, Stupid! has been given a rich and well-balanced transfer in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1; the images have also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors, and visually the picture sure makes a lot more sense letterboxed than it did in earlier pan-and-scan video editions. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and sounds fine, if not exceptional; along with the original English-language version, a French-dubbed track is also included as well as subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Two theatrical trailers for the film have been thrown in as extras, as well as an alternate version of the scene between Dino and Zelda (that would have given later events in the movie a decidedly different spin). While a featurette on the controversy that greeted the film on its original release would have been welcome, this is still a strong video release of a movie that might not have been given this much care in other hands.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's nudge-nudge, wink-wink scripting couples with the inspired performances of Dean Martin and Kim Novak to made this cheerfully vulgar 1964 comedy a film to remember. It’s a bit tawdry for Wilder and Diamond, although still far ahead of anything that passes for sophisticated bedroom farce today. Martin is cast perfectly to type as Dino, a girl-crazy singer whom amateur songwriters Ray Walston and Cliff Osmond target as a potential market for their ditties. The jealous Walston is concerned about Dino's appeal to his star-struck wife (the lovely Felicia Farr), so Osmond recruits a prostitute (Novak, of course) to waylay the singer in a nearby tavern. But when Farr turns up in the tavern to drown her martial sorrows, unexpected adulterous pairings ensue. It's clear that Wilder -- an inventive director who loved being bawdy now and then -- enjoys thumbing his nose at Hollywood’s restrictive Production Code with Stupid’s adultery angle, although the film certainly would have benefited from a lighter touch. At times the humor seems a little forced and the carousing a bit overdone. Even so, the movie is great fun, and fans of movie musicals will particularly enjoy the three previously unpublished songs written by George and Ira Gershwin.
All Movie Guide
Kiss Me, Stupid is one of several critical and commercial disappointments that tarnish Billy Wilder's later career. Reviewers chastised its reliance on stereotypes, as well as its archaic indoor scenery and filtered black-and-white photography. Audiences resisted the film's guileless approach (such as casting Dean Martin as a boozing rat packer) and cynical moral (that a couple may revive its love and its finances through infidelity). But it is the simplicity and coarseness of this picture that have left it memorable and even commendable. Kiss Me, Stupid is a precursor of such American films as Todd Solondz's Happiness and Neil LaBute's Your Friends & Neighbors -- movies that exploit paper-thin characters and unadorned filmmaking to develop an honesty often celebrated for being unpleasant. With Kiss Me, Stupid, Wilder does not hide behind the attractive fallibility of William Holden or Jack Lemmon. They may have been praised as appealing to the "everyman," but Martin and Ray Walston are every man -- a little too typical and a little too familiar. Their characters react predictably to each plot turn, and are thus too uncomplicated to have their behavior excused. They inhabit the unforgiving real world -- a fact emphasized by Wilder's drab living room backgrounds and his decision not to glamorize them in Technicolor. Kiss Me, Stupid is necessarily abrasive, understandably painful to watch, and brilliantly ahead of its time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
UPC:
0027616887627
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:06:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate scene; Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; English, French, and Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Dino
Kim Novak Polly The Pistol
Ray Walston Orville J. Spooner
Felicia Farr Zelda "Lambchop" Spooner
Cliff Osmond Barney Millsap
Barbara Pepper Big Bertha
James Ward Milkman
Doro Merande Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear Mr. Pettibone
Bobo Lewis Waitress
Tom Nolan Johnnie Mulligan
John Fiedler Rev. Carruthers
Henry Beckman Truck Driver
Eileen O'Neill 2nd Showgirl
Mary Jane Saunders Actor
Alice Pearce Mrs. Mulligan
Arlen Stuart Rosalie Schultz
Cliff Norton Mack Gray
Mel Blanc Dr. Sheldrake
Bernd Hoffmann Barkeeper
Master Henry Gibson Smith
Alan Dexter Wesson

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Loren Cosand Makeup
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Wally Green Choreography
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Robert Luthardt Art Director
Dan Mandell Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
André Previn Score Composer
Milt Rice Special Effects
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Allen K. Wood Production Manager

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Showtime [6:09]
2. Town Crier [7:58]
3. Suspicious Mind [12:13]
4. "Grinding that Little Driver" [4:58]
5. Adoring Wife [9:17]
6. Man of the House [5:55]
7. Polly Wants a Cracker [4:37]
8. The Old Switcheroo [5:22]
9. A Real Pistol [1:05]
10. A Sleeping Beast [4:31]
11. Domestic Bliss [6:36]
12. Antipasto [3:28]
13. Woulda Coulda Shoulda [5:23]
14. Just Desserts [1:59]
15. Drowning Sorrows [10:34]
16. Right Out the Door [2:50]
17. Good-Time Guy [9:24]
18. Rise and Shine [5:55]
19. The Road to Hollywood [5:41]
20. Going to Climax/End Credits [3:40]

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