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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (DVD, 1999, Widescreen)

Carl Reiner, Steve Martin | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Martin plays the role of Rigby Reardon, an inept private eye who comes to the aid of a wealthy and beautiful heiress. The film is cleverly interspliced with clips from classic detective films of the past.

Product Details
  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 025192052323

Additional Details
Display Format:Widescreen

Director:Carl Reiner
Leading Role:Steve Martin
eBay Product ID: EPID3072437
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"...DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID is a charmer. It should also be the last word on private eye parodies..."
New York Times - Vincent Canby (05/21/1982)

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Created: 01/27/08


I saw this movie in the theatre in 1982 when it 1st came out and really couldn't make head or tails of it, maybe because I was only 20 and really didn't know that most of the people in the movie were either dead or 80 years old, not until about 10 years later did I rent it and really find out how truly great this film was, the awesome editing, the film noir inside jokes, the "Humphrey Bogart" not wearing a tie gags, from James Cagney to Bette Davis to Cary Grant to Ava Gardner, and all the other stars intertwined into this comedic masterpiece, man I love this movie!!!

CLEANING WOMAN!!! Not to mention the actual stars, Steve Martin, beautiful Rachel Ward & the comedy genius, Carl Reiner, from beginning to end this is my favorite Steve Martin movie of all-time...

It's one of my top 10 favorite comedies of all-time too!!!

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Created: 08/03/10

quirky, off beat & hilarious

This film comes from Steve Martin's heyday. He'd just had a smash with the Jerk, and his live act was uncannily popular. Jim Carrey could only have wished to be this popular. This features his zany sense of humor, that would go on to influence comedians like Demitri Martin & Stephen Colbert.

Running gags and a perfect sense of style and timing layer this film from beginning to end; combined with intercut scenes from classic films noires. The acting really only involves a small cast, but most are veterans of film and stage acting, enough to round out the action. Sets and costumes are perfectly recreated, so that continuity is seamless, and the plot is as hilarious as "What's Up Tiger Lily?" or "Kung Pow - Enter the Fist" which are the only other two films I would compare to this piece. Considering that the three run the gamut of film genres, it would be worth renting them on your next netflix update, or what have you.

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Created: 05/14/09

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Saw this movie in the early 80's at a movie house that served beer. Went in thinking it would be an awful movie and came out pleasantly surprised. The old film clips are incredible and very cleverly utilized for the story line. Decades (nearly 27 years) later this movie left an impression, can't say that about a lot of films along the way ? The B&W is classic, the humor cheesy at times, but the old film clips/scenes, it's refreshing to see a film that is entertaining and isn't a conglomeration of computer generated images. Don't get me wrong, those can be good too, but every now and then, the B&W films of the day are fun to watch.

For the price of admission, I couldn't pass on getting it.

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Created: 12/07/06

A classic....

I am somewhat biased as a serious Steve fan, but this film is both brilliant and fun. It's a great showcase of the genius of both Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. The integration of so many truly classic film actors is wonderful as well, done with a real sense of love for those films and the great talent which they displayed. The fact that this film includes the last costume designs of the great Edith Head only adds to its magic. Her beautiful period clothing really creates the mood. Who knew that Rachel Ward was such a talented comic actress? A really beautiful and funny lady.

Proof that film can be truly funny while not being crass. Long live the subtlety of films like this one. If you haven't seen it (especially if you are a classic film fan like me), you need to.

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Created: 07/18/06

Classic Comedy All The Way

I absolutely fell off my seat when watching this hilarious comedy staring the one and only Steve Martin! He is comicly "pasted" into old AMC type classic 40's and 50's b&w films. If you love Steve Martin films, then this one is for you!

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