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Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)




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Tony award-winning British musical comedy star Robert Lindsay makes his first important American film appearance in Bert Rigby, You're a Fool. Lindsay, of course, plays the title character, a coal miner who dreams of becoming a big showbiz star. Only problem is, there's very little demand for Bert Rigby's impersonations of Buster Keaton and Gene Kelly. Undaunted, Bert heads to Hollywood, where, while working as a butler in the household of movie mogul Jim Shirley (Corbin Bernsen), he must fend off the advances of Shirley's hot-to-trot wife, Meredith (Anne Bancroft). Befitting the old-fashioned nature of Bert Rigby's behavior and tastes in entertainment, director Carl Reiner adopts a "retro" approach to his material; at times, the film looks as though it was made in 1939 rather than 1989, despite its R-rated sex, profanity, and body-function jokes.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Reiner
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On DVD: Apr 20, 2010
Warner Home Video

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Robert Lindsay
as Bert Rigby
Cathryn Bradshaw
as Laurel Pennington
Corbin Bernsen
as Jim Shirley
Anne Bancroft
as Meredith Perlestein
Robbie Coltrane
as Sid Trample
Jackie Gayle
as I.I. Perlestein
Liberty Mounten
as Elvis Impersonator
Bruno Kirby
as Kyle De Forrest
Liz Smith
as Mrs. Rigby
Lila Kaye
as Mrs. Pennington
Fanny Carby
as Aunt Aggie
Carmen du Sautoy
as Tess Trample
Ron Barker
as English Butler
Mike Grady
as Mick O'Grady
Dominique Barnes
as Crown Royal Commerci...
Jordan Bennett
as Director (Improv Cus...
Frank Lugo
as Latin Bar Patron
Paul Butterworth
as Bert's Mate
Diana Weston
as Young Mrs. Rigby
Ted Hayden
as Martin
Robert Hines
as Crown Royal Commerci...
Terry Israel
as Bar Patron
Israel Juarbe
as Bell Hop
Murray MacLeod
as Beer Distributor
George Malpas
as Minister
Harry Murphy
as Beer Distributor
Julie Ow
as Cashier
Bill E. Rogers
as Bert's Mate
Barbara Stamm
as Dinner Guest
Zoey Wilson
as Miss Fogelson
James Clark
as Train Engineer
George Wallace
as Bartender
Johnny Dark
as Customer at Improv
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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I expected very little and received a nice treat.

July 25, 2002

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