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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F1FVLPM

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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on Dec 20 2000
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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
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
"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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY on DVD! March 18 2014
By M2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
For decades "The Comic" was something of a lost film, unavailable in home format, and only seen when it happened to show up on television. The fact that it is now available is cause for rejoicing. When it was first released in 1969, "The Comic" did not do that well. It might have been a little ahead of its time, or it might simply be a case of writer/director Carl Reiner and star Dick Van Dyke offering people what they were not expecting. Having recently come off of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," audiences would be excused for thinking that the re-teaming of Reiner and Van Dyke in a picture about the early days of Hollywood would be a gag-filled romp. And it is, sort of. The recreations of silent films are wonderfully done, with Van Dyke proving that he could have thrived alongside Keaton and Lloyd and Laurel. But "The Comic" is not really a comedy; it's the often tragic story of a silent film comedian named Billy Bright who is his own worst enemy (the character borrows a little from Laurel, a little from Keaton, and a lot more from Harry Langdon), so much so that he destroys his career through his unawareness, ego, and penchant for blaming everyone else for his problems. His lifelong devoted friend is cross-eyed fellow comedian, "Cockeye" Van Buren, beautifully played by Mickey Rooney, and his former movie-star wife is played by Michelle Lee. Reiner himself shows up, unbilled, in a small but key role as Billy's agent, and a host of Hollywood pros--Cornell Wilde, Pert Kelton, Fritz Feld, and Jerome Cowan--pop in for cameos. The great Mantan Moreland is on hand briefly to prove that even in old age he was still capable of plucking laughs out of thin air through his inimitable timing. But it is Van Dyke's movie. While his physical comedy shtick is flawless, this is essentially a dramatic performance, and as such it is shattering, particularly the scenes in which Billy Bright devolves into an out-of-control drunk. Van Dyke also convincingly ages into an old man--not the burlesque old man of "Mary Poppins," but a realistic old man. This is without a doubt the actor's best performance ever, which is saying a lot, though I think audiences of the time might not have been ready for Dick Van Dyke who could break their hearts as well as tickle their ribs. Had this film been made after Van Dyke had proven himself as a dramatic actor in the mid-1970s, it probably would be heralded as a modern classic, which is what it deserves to be.

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