This is the ultimate in black comedies, a man is told he's got a little over a year to live. The balance of tragedy and humour is perfect throughout, particularly in Burt's various suicide attempts, and it was a masterstroke casting Dom DeLuise as the amiable lunatic so keen on helping him die. The script has joke upon joke, few of them demanding to begin with, but then embellished by bits of business that are a little distracting. It goes to show you they would have done the same back in the '40s, if allowed. Then at all costs avoid this movie. Unfortunately for Burt, he was 25 years too early with this now timely reflection on death and dying -- boomers did not want to be worried about death in 1978. He holds a thin line between wanting to die and wanting to live that is believable.
Reynolds' hand never falters and he makes the most of every scene he's in as a man who's at the end of his rope literally, in one case and can find no solace even in chasing down a funeral procession to find out what the guy in the hearse died of. Kevorkian found this film funny? But, a look at it again 20 years later on tape was another disappointment. Reynolds' hand never falters and he makes the most of every scene he's in as a man who's at the end of his rope literally, in one case and can find no solace even in chasing down a funeral procession to find out what the guy in the hearse died of. If you don't mind a lot of slapstick, you should find this very amusing. Well, I'm giving the elements credit because it's not that easy to make a comedy about having a terminal illness. A truly exceptional performance however comes from Burt's co-star Dom DeLuise.
Doctors should lend this film to patients when they inform them of terminal illness - death has never been so much fun. Burt pushes all their buttons except O'Brien who seems oblivious to all. Man, I remember really laughing at this when I saw it in the theaters. After a failed suicide attempt Burt is placed in a mental hospital where he meets fellow patient Dom DeLuise, who is as nutty as a loon. As a terminally-ill man, Reynolds practically drives himself crazy trying to get his life in order and end it at the same time. The premise isn't great for a comedy - a dying man reordering his life in light of his impending demise - so that it works at all is a credit to Burt Reynolds as both director and star.
And Burt is at his understated best. Flatly lit and shot like a sitcom. For a guy diagnosed with a terminal disease, Burt Reynolds sure pumped a lot of life into this film. Not wanting to live his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take his own life. His career seemed to go in the same path as Tom Selleck's, I think they could have played a lot of each other's parts. Not wanting to live his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take his own life.
Still, it's DeLuise that will make most people laugh at this film. Synopsis Slapstick black comedy about a man Reynolds who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide. However, he has to deal with an inattentive ex-wife Woodward , flaky parents Loy and O'Brien , an even-flakier girlfriend Field , an overly-mature daughter MacNicol , a dense lawyer Steinberg , a novice priest Benson and a schizophrenic mental patient DeLuise who wants to help Reynolds reach his end goal in the worst way. The topic is morbid, to be sure, but there are indeed dark laughs here. Not exactly evil and certainly not good, Sonny is an aging hedonist whose only truly valuable contribution to life is his daughter Julie. Go to year: Length: 2:02 You also might like the songs that hit number one in 1978 in the , the , or. Now that we are beginning to realize that we too are mortal, this movie should get the appreciation it deserves.
Burt is good in the film and has a classic moment at the end when delivers an impassioned soliloquy to God. Directed by, and starring, Burt Reynolds, this is comedy about a salesman learning he has only months to live is in Woody Allen territory. It's great and there's a lot more scenes like that, sprinkled throughout. Confident enough to be self deprecating in public despite his dark handsomeness. The thing is - and who can't relate to this? I've been a fan of this film since I came across it by accident as a teenager and now as I approach forty, it hasn't lost any of its delights for me and I was lucky enough to pick up an old second hand copy of the video so I can sit back and watch it if I'm ever in need of a good laugh. He's ready to offer all kinds of help to Burt to fulfill his mission.
What you get without cultivation is lowbrow slapstick that sometimes is more silly than witty. Burt Reynolds gets this cheerful bit of news and goes immediately berserk and starts acting all kinds of crazy. That is worth the price of admission or video rental , if you see it in its un-cut form. And that's when the film buckles down and takes control for the last half. A very funny movie with a touch of serious in the mix. Of course it was nice to see two veterans of old Hollywood, Myrna Loy and Pat O'Brien in support. You will have a better time staring at an aquarium than spending any time with this one.
Death is serious business, no doubt. Funny in a dark sort of way. The film is a series of disjointed, contrived scenes with a very thin narrative stringing them along. Not wanting to live his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take his own life. Trouble is, he directed this sloppy black comedy, which veers wildly from morbid jokes and slapstick to curious seriousness.
However, he has to deal with an inattentive ex-wife Woodward , flaky parents Loy and O'Brien , an even-flakier girlfriend Field , an overly-mature daughter MacNicol , a dense lawyer Steinberg , a novice priest Benson and a schizophrenic mental patient DeLuise who wants to help Reynolds reach his end goal in the worst way. Reynolds always had a marvelous gift for comedy that in his prime period of the seventies was utilized rather well. It's a real shame that this movie often gets me blank stares when I tell others about it. This film is dated, and looks very 70's. Not wanting to live his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take his own life. We all know that comedy doesn't last, and this one does not at all stand the test of time. That really brings more pain than ease to others.