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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

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Overview

As one of the few heavyweight comedians of Vegas's "Golden Age" to topline standup routines in 21st century Glitter Gulch - a time and place that saw him still reeling in massive audiences well into his 70s and 80s - Don Rickles qualifies as a show business legend. Rickles, of course, pioneered the use of insult comedy to mercilessly rib, skewer, and cut down to size anyone who happened to fall into his line of fire, earning him the sobriquets "Mr. Warmth" and "The Merchant of Venom" and lending a whole new ...
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Overview

As one of the few heavyweight comedians of Vegas's "Golden Age" to topline standup routines in 21st century Glitter Gulch - a time and place that saw him still reeling in massive audiences well into his 70s and 80s - Don Rickles qualifies as a show business legend. Rickles, of course, pioneered the use of insult comedy to mercilessly rib, skewer, and cut down to size anyone who happened to fall into his line of fire, earning him the sobriquets "Mr. Warmth" and "The Merchant of Venom" and lending a whole new meaning to the term "hockey puck." This approach, which seemed unprecedented and even outrageously uncouth in the late 1950s and early 1960s, eventually won Rickles legions of fans and innumerable protégés within show business - everyone from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. Director John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, Trading Places) stands at the forefront of Rickles's fan club and created the documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project as an homage to the comic's life and career. Landis intercuts footage from the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and Rickles's appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, with extended clips from the shtickmeister's comedy routines and on-camera interviews in which the comedian reflects at length on his approach to comedy and journey through showbusiness. Admirers, colleagues and followers of Rickles also turn up to offer their views on the comedian - including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Guest, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood and many others.
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Special Features

Robin Williams wishes Don a happy birthday; Whoopi knows hockey puck ; Bob Newhart on acting; Landis directs De Niro; James Caan: Sonny Corleone finds his inner Rickles; Penn Jillette "One Show Business" ; Bob Newhart: Johnny Carson's beach house
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • UPC: 883476000916
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: The Collective
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,616

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Rickles Participant
Clint Eastwood Participant
Chris Rock Participant
Sarah Silverman Participant
Christopher Guest Participant
Steve Lawrence Participant
Sidney Poitier Participant
Penn Jillette Participant
Robin Williams Participant
Whoopi Goldberg Participant
Bob Newhart Participant
Martin Scorsese Participant
Harry Dean Stanton Participant
Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra
Johnny Carson
Jay Leno Participant
Joan Rivers Participant
Billy Crystal Participant
Technical Credits
John Landis Director, Producer
Tom Clancey Cinematographer
Bob Engelman Producer
Michael Krikorian Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Levine Editor
Mike Richardson Producer
Larry Rickles Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
1. Intro [3:45]
2. Vegas [23:23]
3. The Tonight Show [9:36]
4. Growing Up [6:31]
5. The Stars [5:04]
6. Mother [3:44]
7. The Work [6:20]
8. The Wife [4:30]
9. The Strip [8:16]
10. Longevity [12:34]
11. Final Curtain [3:16]
12. End Credits [3:13]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
   Play Feature
   Chapter Selection
Disc #2 -- Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
   US Comedy Arts Festival
   Joan Rivers "You're Right and They're Wrong"
   Robin Williams Wishes Don a Happy Birthday
   Landis Directs De Niro
   James Caan: Sonny Corleone Finds His Inner Rickles
   Don Rickles: High Holy Days
   Don Rickles: Anthony Quinn Story
   Innocent Blood
   Caesar's Palace Walk of Fame 2006
   The Secret Life of Bobby Slayton
   Bob Newhart: Johnny Carson's Beach House
   Eliot Weisman at Sinatra's Funeral
   Joan Rivers "Can't Top That"
   Penn Jillette "One Show Business"
   Travels With the Newharts Part 2
   Bob Newhart on Acting
   Don's Dressing Room at the Stardust
   The Copacabana
   Don Rickles: Walter Winchell
   Jack Carter "Sophie Tucker, She Hated Everybody"
   Joan Rivers: Honest Don
   Whoopi Knows Hockey Puck
   Don Rickles: Liberace Etta's Friend
   Jeffrey Ross Gets it Quiet
   Chuck Williams
   James Caan
   Don Rickles: Harrah's Lake Tahoe Show Cards
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    You come for Don Rickles, you stay for the hilarity

    A definitive look at the life and mainly career of Don Rickles but incredibly interesting for the look into the Vegas comedian scene of the '60s. A large staple of comedians, actors and friends tell anecdotes and share personal stories about the comedian.
    The movie is definitely worth a view because it will have you rolling, also fantastic are the clips from the Dean Martin roasts which Rickles was frequent roaster.

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