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Getting Away With Murder

Jack Lemmon , Dan Aykroyd , Harvey Miller    Unrated   VHS Tape
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemmon's worst film July 7 2002
By Eva25at
Format:VHS Tape
...I still cannot believe that I have actually seen this film. Just peeped in, because of Lemmon.
... Take my advice: Stay away from this film at any price!
Walk miles and miles in order NOT to see it!
...Watch more EARLY films of Jack Lemmon: "The great race" and "Under the Yum Yum tree" are good for starters. And if you are sophisticated enough to enjoy "Some like it hot", "The Apartment" and "The fortune cookie" you may laugh at yourself for ever having watched "Getting away with murder".
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By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie belies the star performers in it. The story line is weak, the performance by Jack Lemmon amounts to a walk-on, cameo appearance and Lily Tomlin and Dan Aykroyd are NOT funny. The movie is in poor taste and I am sure the performers are embarrassed after having participated. The performance of all the actors, especially Lily Tomlin and Jack Lemmon is very weak and way below their capabilities. A VERY bad picture not worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good in itself. Oct. 21 2001
Format:VHS Tape
this movie is well controlled and not aimed for a simple fun.
the storyline is interresting and satirizes a moralism in certain circumstances. this movie can be excellent if you possiblely don't have any preconception or image about the famous actors.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful in so many ways, but most of all offensive. April 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a COMEDY dealing with NAZI WAR CRIMINALS. It's not funny unless you have no compassion at all for the millions of people killed during the Holocaust. THE low point in the respective careers of Jack Lemmon, Dan Aykroyd, and Lily Tomlin. They should be ashamed of themselves, the director should be ashamed of himself, anyone who's ever watched this film and not been disgusted should be ashamed of themselves. This movie did not have to be made, it's not funny, and if it's giving any message, it's one you shouldn't listen to. Not only should you not buy or watch this film, but every print that was ever made of it should be launched directly into the surface of the sun.
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Amazon.com: 2.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars title of review Dec 8 2004
By pancake_repairman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I think there's two kinds of good movies. The kind that keep you interested and entertained while you're watching, but don't provoke much afterthought, and the kind that can be trying to the patience while you're watching, but leave more of an impression. Film buffs are generally only interested in the latter. This film is the former, and as someone with a short attention span who isn't looking at films as something that should change one's life, I found this film to be a very satisfying viewing experience.

At worst it's an engaging story you can sit through without having to endure any boring parts, at best an intellectually stimulating look at the internal ethical dialogue a man explores when faced with a difficult situation, and the places his choices lead him.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it even if no one else did April 19 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
this movie is like a rear window comedy/drama/mystery if that is at all possible. Aykroyd really acted well in this along w/ the rest of the all star cast, lemon and tomlin. It is not the greatest movie on earth but one, in my opnion that is worth viewing. A lot of people didn't like this movie, I still found it entertaining and intriging but i guess it just isn't for every one. The mystery is top notch though, i really didn't c the end comming.
1.0 out of 5 stars A very weak script, and poor performance, done in poor taste Nov. 12 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
This movie belies the star performers in it. The story line is weak, the performance by Jack Lemmon amounts to a walk-on, cameo appearance and Lily Tomlin and Dan Aykroyd are NOT funny. The movie is in poor taste and I am sure the performers are embarrassed after having participated. The performance of all the actors, especially Lily Tomlin and Jack Lemmon is very weak and way below their capabilities. A VERY bad picture not worth your time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good in itself. Oct. 21 2001
By han shpunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
this movie is well controlled and not aimed for a simple fun.
the storyline is interresting and satirizes a moralism in certain circumstances. this movie can be excellent if you possiblely don't have any preconception or image about the famous actors.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for laughs. June 22 2005
By Russell Fanelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Getting Away with Murder tells the story of Jack Lambert, a college ethics professor, who discovers that his neighbor may be a nazi war criminal. Dan Ackroyd is the professor and Jack Lemmon is the suspected war criminal. Ackroyd is known for being a funny man from his Saturday Night Live days and films such as The Blues Brothers. He is not funny in Getting Away with Murder. Viewers looking for humor in this film will be sadly disappointed.

Even though I was not amused, I was interested in the story of Lambert(Akroyd) deciding to take into his own hands the punishment for the war criminal. As a professor of ethics he should know better than to become judge, jury, and executioner. With all the safeguards in our legal system, we still make mistakes. Without safeguards, disaster must follow, as it does in this movie.

The plot has many twists and turns, none of them humorous, before the final conclusion -- ironic, but again, not funny. To say more about what happens as Akroyd hatches his plot to kill the criminal might spoil this film for viewers who want to decide for themselves if the movie is as bad as all the critics say it is.

I must admit that this film was just good enough to keep me watching until the implausible and unsatisfying end.
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