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Man Who Knew Too Little
     

The Man Who Knew Too Little

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Director: Jon Amiel,

Cast: Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley

 

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Jon Amiel's comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little 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 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production notes, four theatrical trailers, and

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Jon Amiel's comedy The Man Who Knew Too Little 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 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production notes, four theatrical trailers, and three television promotional spots. This very good disc may help the film find the audience that it failed to get in theaters.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A high-concept comedy in which Bill Murray -- who is perhaps too cerebral a comic presence for the clueless role he's been assigned -- manages to pull off one of his best performances. He may have started out playing mentally challenged whack jobs in films such as Caddyshack (1980) and Stripes (1981), but Murray has always shined brightest as characters who are intellectually snide and above it all. Here he's required to fill the part of a video store manager too dim to get that he's actually embroiled in a real-life espionage drama, engaged in what he believes to be a role-playing game. A Hitchcock-style thriller by way of a TV situation comedy, the film is a clever comic idea but would seem to call for the lead to be almost energetically stupid, a buffoon in an overcoat, very likely the way somebody such as Jim Carrey would tackle the job. Instead, Murray underplays the hero, disengaging from what's going on around him and blithely drifting rather than dumbly stumbling through his adventures, a truly interesting choice that makes his clueless quality more believable. What is so pleasantly surprising is that he's not playing the character as too stupid to understand what's happening, but instead is seizing on the man's languid lack of ambition as the real underlying cause of his inability to wise up. In Murray's hands, the hero is not an idiot, he's just too zonked-out to care. It's a brilliant choice that changes the dynamics between him and every other character and a terrific example of a dexterous performer doing some amazing work. What should have been nothing more than a forgettable but briefly enjoyable farce becomes, along with Quick Change (1990), one of Murray's most underrated films and one that's definitely worth a second look for his fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1998
UPC:
0085391562627
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Jon Amiel; Alternate music-only track; Interactive menus; Production notes; Four theatrical trailers; Three TV spots; Scene access; Languages: English, Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Wallace Ritchie
Peter Gallagher James Ritchie
Joanne Whalley Lori
Alfred Molina Boris
Richard Wilson Sir Roger Daggenhurst
Geraldine James Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
John Standing Embleton
Anna Chancellor Barbara Ritchie
Nicholas Woodeson Sergei
Simon Chandler Hawkins
John Thomson Actor

Technical Credits
Jon Amiel Director
Joe Caracciola Executive Producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Robert Farrar Screenwriter
Howard Franklin Screenwriter
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Guish Casting
Paul Karasick Editor
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Nathanson Producer
Pamela Power Editor
Elizabeth Robinson Executive Producer
Elizabeth Robinson Executive Producer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Mark Tarlov Producer
Madeline Warren Co-producer
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard Version
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Loaded doll. [2:42]
2. Welcome to England. [1:40]
3. Theatre of Life. [2:13]
4. Unexpected company. [2:32]
5. Role of Spencer. [2:48]
6. Stinking place up. [3:27]
7. Doing it with girl. [3:55]
8. Gun for Gilbert. [2:22]
9. To the rescue. [3:26]
10. Butcher Boris. [3:09]
11. In movie business. [1:23]
12. Every detail. [5:35]
13. Nice working w/you. [2:36]
14. Wally at the wheel. [1:59]
15. A bit of a problem. [1:27]
16. Police pursuit. [2:44]
17. More rewarding. [4:24]
18. What-have-yous. [5:01]
19. Busy room. [2:56]
20. Unbelievable truth. [3:22]
21. Nasal splay. [3:40]
22. More company. [2:31]
23. Real - on a ledge. [2:54]
24. Leather lady. [2:51]
25. Nikolai, I presume. [1:32]
26. Go into his dance. [2:11]
27. All dolled up. [4:23]
28. Beating the clock. [1:45]
29. Brothers' praise. [2:34]
30. Explosive souvenir. [1:16]
31. Superstar demands. [3:15]
32. Improvisations. [4:49]
Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Loaded doll. [2:42]
2. Welcome to England. [1:40]
3. Theatre of Life. [2:13]
4. Unexpected company. [2:32]
5. Role of Spencer. [2:48]
6. Stinking place up. [3:27]
7. Doing it with girl. [3:55]
8. Gun for Gilbert. [2:22]
9. To the rescue. [3:26]
10. Butcher Boris. [3:09]
11. In movie business. [1:23]
12. Every detail. [5:35]
13. Nice working w/you. [2:36]
14. Wally at the wheel. [1:59]
15. A bit of a problem. [1:27]
16. Police pursuit. [2:44]
17. More rewarding. [4:24]
18. What-have-yous. [5:01]
19. Busy room. [2:56]
20. Unbelievable truth. [3:22]
21. Nasal splay. [3:40]
22. More company. [2:31]
23. Real - on a ledge. [2:54]
24. Leather lady. [2:51]
25. Nikolai, I presume. [1:32]
26. Go into his dance. [2:11]
27. All dolled up. [4:23]
28. Beating the clock. [1:45]
29. Brothers' praise. [2:34]
30. Explosive souvenir. [1:16]
31. Superstar demands. [3:15]
32. Improvisations. [4:49]

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The Man Who Knew Too Little 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was hillarious! The idea for the movie-genius. The only downside to this movie....They should have ended it about 5 min. before they did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Bill Murray at his best. The story is funny and the laughs never stop from start to finish. A true classic in the comedy genre!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this movie four stars as the funniest comedy I have ever seen. It's a wacky plot that should appeal to anyone who likes murder mysteries, British secret agents, romantic comedies, or slapstick. Bill Murray could not be funnier and Peter Gallagher also shows great comic timing.