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COMIC

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Silent film star Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke*Night at the Museum) was a legend on the silver screen*but he also had a legendary ego*one that ruined his career. Dealing with womanizing*alcoholism and professional squabbles*Billy is unable to see the real source of his problems - himself. From director Carl Reiner (The Jerk) comes a film mixed with slapstick laughs and great performances from Michele Lee (TV's "Knots Landing")*Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and Cornel Wilde (A Song to Remember). Newly remastered.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scenes that will stay with you forever July 15 2001
By "lebep"
Format:VHS Tape
I have read reviews of this film both here and on other movies sites and have never come across such a mixed bag of opinons! Everything from a misguided interpetation that it's based on the life of Buster Keaton (which it is not!) to a review here of scenes that will haunt you (which they will). I also saw this film in the 70's and have been lucky enough to catch it again 15 years ago.
Van Dyke and Rooney do it and do it well. Some of the best scenes are the Comics' later years. The closing scene you will never forget, it has haunted me since the first time I saw this movie.
For those of you who can buy it over there, get it, you won't regret it. Unfortunately it just isn't available down here. Believe me I have searched high and low for years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Audio killed the silent screen star July 16 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A memorable composite biopic about a silent film comedy star who has trouble handling success, and then falls afoul of the advent of sound. The film quotes scenes from other famous movies. For example, the main character voices-over his own funeral, a la _Sunset Boulevard_. But it is a memorable production for its own sake. We follow the comic from success straining his marriage, to his star on the wane, to attempts at a comeback, until we leave him as a pathetic wreck, old and full of regrets, watching one of his old films on late night TV. Affecting stuff...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Huantingly Memorable" Feb. 18 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film back in the 70's and i could not get it out of my mind. Without a doubt the best work Van Dyke has done. He and Reiner sculpt a film of unforgettable honesty & humor. This is a soft spoken study of humanity. I'd compare "The Comic" to "Chaplin" but for me more memorable in it's simplicity. About a silent film star forgotten with the years "The Comic" also creeps into film history "silently" as a Classic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, disappointing Dec 20 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I looked forward to seeing this, but have to say that it was disappointing. It seems superficial, with the acting just passable. I'd guess that Carl Reiner's writing and direction are the problems. No subtlety, or cleverness. Dick Van Dyke does his best, but the material seems very thin. Too bad.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scenes that will stay with you forever July 15 2001
By "lebep" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I have read reviews of this film both here and on other movies sites and have never come across such a mixed bag of opinons! Everything from a misguided interpetation that it's based on the life of Buster Keaton (which it is not!) to a review here of scenes that will haunt you (which they will). I also saw this film in the 70's and have been lucky enough to catch it again 15 years ago.
Van Dyke and Rooney do it and do it well. Some of the best scenes are the Comics' later years. The closing scene you will never forget, it has haunted me since the first time I saw this movie.
For those of you who can buy it over there, get it, you won't regret it. Unfortunately it just isn't available down here. Believe me I have searched high and low for years.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio killed the silent screen star July 16 2001
By The Sanity Inspector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
A memorable composite biopic about a silent film comedy star who has trouble handling success, and then falls afoul of the advent of sound. The film quotes scenes from other famous movies. For example, the main character voices-over his own funeral, a la _Sunset Boulevard_. But it is a memorable production for its own sake. We follow the comic from success straining his marriage, to his star on the wane, to attempts at a comeback, until we leave him as a pathetic wreck, old and full of regrets, watching one of his old films on late night TV. Affecting stuff...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Huantingly Memorable" Feb. 18 1999
By Steve Hook (hooks@harborside.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film back in the 70's and i could not get it out of my mind. Without a doubt the best work Van Dyke has done. He and Reiner sculpt a film of unforgettable honesty & humor. This is a soft spoken study of humanity. I'd compare "The Comic" to "Chaplin" but for me more memorable in it's simplicity. About a silent film star forgotten with the years "The Comic" also creeps into film history "silently" as a Classic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy classic Jan. 10 2014
By BRODY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Loved this movie ever since I first saw it 40 years ago. It's both funny and sad . A brilliant comic who lets selfishness and alcohol destroy his marriage and career . The story was based on a number of silent film comedians. I think it's the best thing Dick van Dyke ever did . Mickey Rooney is perfect as his fellow actor and only friend. This film has the most poignant final scene of any comedy ever made.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We want the DVD! May 12 2010
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Like many reviewers, I saw this back around 1980 when I was 15 on television and never forgot it. This is a deep more-truth-than fiction tale about the life and times of Billy Bright. Dick Van Dyke (in what is undoubtedly his best performance) gives us a look at Bright (a semi-fictional silent screen comedian) whose life is loosely based on a composite of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel (Van Dyke's mentor), et. al. Van Dyke was greatly influenced by this genre of comedy and this film (written by Carl Reiner) is his tribute to them. We see the tragic fate of such comedians when silent comedy dies and sound films took over. Two scenes in particular stand out to me that I still remember after all these years: Van Dyke as the comic in a faux silent film playing a prisoner released from jail is as touching as anything Chaplin did at the time and where as an old man, the comedian sees a tv listing and eagerly waits until late night to catch one of his old films on television (a common practive in the pre VCR-DVD days).

AND SPEAKING OF DVD's, the number of people who were touched by this underground classic is considerable, based on the reviews here. So either Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, or anyone alive today connected with this film should BRING IT OUT ON DVD!
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