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The Private Eyes (1981)

Tim Conway , Don Knotts , Lang Elliott    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Don Knotts and Tim Conway star in The Private Eyes, a 1980 comedy about two bumbling detectives solving a murder. It's an impressively incompetent affair. Every ancient joke falls with a muffled thud as Knotts and Conway ham their way through the pointless story: The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one. There's an austere housekeeper, a snooty butler with compulsive twitches, a sexy upstairs maid, a deformed groomsman, and a buxom young heir to the estate, who of course is going to be in some state of undress before the movie is over. People get killed, their bodies disappear, Knotts and Conway wander aimlessly through secret passageways, dimly seeking some way out of this movie. Conway cowrote the script, so he gets most of the blame; Knotts was probably just happy to have the work. --Bret Fetzer

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Tim Conway, Don Knotts. The most inept investigators in the history of Scotland Yard are dispatched to a mansion to solve a murder. A classic comedy the whole family will enjoy! 1981/color/97 min/PG/fullscreen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
First the DVD review: This DVD was/is put out by "Hens Tooth" video. (Hens Tooth?) Features the original theatrical trailer, which in itself is a gem; a wonderful stills gallery featuring behind the scenes making of the movie...priceless! And an awesome commentary by Tim Conway and the Director Lang Elliot who offer tons of little know facts and insight to this classic! This DVD is crisp and clear and so is the sound! The only thing this DVD lacks are the deleted and alternate scenes and alternate angles they showed on TV back in 1984. (see below for details) But, I'm happy to take what they give!
I know this is going to sound odd, but this is my favorite comedy of all time! No question! I have always been a big fan of Tim Conway and Don Knotts! (Who isn't?) Both men are absolute geniuses and have been underused since this movie came out back in 1981. This movie left a huge impression on me when I was a kid! I have always wanted a house just like the one in this movie! Who wouldn't want a 252 room estate! You could almost sleep in a different room for a full year! I was equally impressed when I found out the house in this movie is a real house! It's the Biltmore House and gardens. The real house is in Asheville North Carolina. Although the Biltmore House doesn't have 252 rooms (darn!) it is an absolutely gorgeouse manor! I highly recommend you check out their website! They will even send you a free brochure which pulls out into a mini poster! I have one on my wall right now! Very cool!
Anyways, back to the review...This is one movie that can be shared with the whole family! When this movie came out I was 10 years old and was so impressed by the look of it, the hysterical comedy, the cast, and the mystery storyline!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Help But Laugh Oct. 22 2003
Format:DVD
Buy this flick. You probably saw it on cable 20 years ago, or maybe some goof at the office told you about it. Here's why it's worth owning.
Somewhere along the way Hollywood decided films like 'The Private Eyes' weren't suitable for production. Not being a student of film or pop culture, I'm not really sure why. It probably cost next-to-nothing to make, is thoroughly enjoyable, and is suited for virtually any audience -- one could watch this with grandma or their drinking buddies.
Regardless, the world has changed, so thankfully we have little gems like this to remind us of how things ought to be. So while my buddies can rave about crap like the 'Matrix Returns,' I'll settle down and watch Conway and Knotts bungle their way through 90 minutes of side-splitting joy. Call me corny, but gags like the time pistol, which goes off every hour, or the never-ending supply of homing pigeons (gone awry) are priceless.
Sure, guys like Chris Tucker are funny, but I just can't see them pulling off any bit that doesn't involve dope, profanity, and/or both. That's not a knock on today's comedy, but anyone who's a fan of the art will get a kick out of 'the Private Eyes.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ol' Comedy July 24 2001
Format:DVD
Don Knotts and Tim Conway's 'Pirate Eyes' movie put on a show full of good clean comedy. I used to watch this with my parents when I was little, and I watch it with them now once in a while, and even with the young neighborkids(this is one of those titles that are passed down through the generations). This is a true classic that I think will never die. It's a good movie for the young and old, and anyone in between.
The remake of the movie is much clearer than the original, and the sound has been tweaked some. For the first time I can actually see in the secret passages and the whole of the 'torcher chamber', and hear everything that Tim Conway says.
It also includes an enlightening and funny commentary by Tim Conway and Lang Elliot talking about the silly problems they had while filming, movie facts, and basically just having fun commenting on their work. And with good ol' Tim Conway you can just imagine what that's like.
They've also added a slide show with some interesting pictures, one being what the poor car actually looked like while being pulled from the pond.
This will make a great addition to anyone's home collection! Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it(probably because you'll have laughed yourself silly)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Knotts and Conway May 11 2001
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie when it was released and fell in love with it immediately. Even though the movie is twenty or so years old, it can still make me laugh just as hard as the first time I saw it.
The movie tells the story of two bumbling detectives who take on a classic whodunit in England. Don Knotts as Inspector Winship and Tim Conway as Dr. Tart play the perfect parts as the detectives who try to solve the murder of Lord and Lady Morley. Each one plays off of the other to create a laugh a minute. Throughout the film, we are introduced to a number of suspects comprised of a rather unique group of house servants which add to the hilarity.
The movie, filmed at Biltmore House, is very atmospheric for a murder mystery with the thunderstorms and secret passages. When I learned that this had been released on DVD, I scooped it up immediately. It was great to see it again along with the added features of the photo montage. The only disappointment was the missing dining room scene which I was hoping to see again. This movie is a definite must buy for anyone who loves the comedy of Knotts and Conway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy duo!!!!!!
Tim Conway & Don Knotts, one of the few comedy duo greats!!! As 2 bumbling detectives trying to solve the murder of a very wealthy man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Hi I bought this for my father for Christmas one year and he loved it....great quality and thanks for making it available.
Published 4 months ago by Lorie Finlay
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk down memory lane
I recommend this movie to anyone who was a fan of Three's Company or The Carol Burnett Show. It's got the goofy comedy of both with the acting talents of Don Knotts and Tim... Read more
Published 7 months ago by OC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This movie is hilarious! I watched it as a kid and it takes me back!
So happy I found it on DVD here on Amazon.ca
Published 14 months ago by Elita Romanuik
5.0 out of 5 stars Have been looking for this movie for ages and am very excited to watch...
Looking forward to watching "Private Eyes". I haven't seen it in years and finally found it on-line. Thanks for sending it so promply.
Published 17 months ago by Charlene Mitchler
4.0 out of 5 stars They're watching
A giant spooky house, a motley gang of servants, a femme fatale, and... a pair of detectives who probably couldn't locate their own backsides, even WITH a map. Read more
Published on April 30 2011 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is hilarious
It's a true comedy classic - you'll laugh til you fall out of your chair! And it is climactic too!
Published on May 5 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars slippery sleuths
great comedy team as wats &holmes like the beach wagon etc they realy left a mark ...
Published on March 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Even teens will laugh at this one!
Tim Conway and Don Knots are quite a duo in this hilarious mystery. You never quite know "who done it" and you never can be sure about what the next rhyme won't be... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by "renee519"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mystery Comedy Ever
If you enjoy laughing and a good mystery then you will love this movie. Tim Conway and Don Knotts are at their best in this film. It blows Clue away. Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by Christina
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