Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 5
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Release Date: May 21, 1982 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 9,884
In this post-modernist exercise, star/writer Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner spoof the film noir yarns of the '40s with Martin playing gumshoe Rigby Reardon, who interacts with a legion of Hollywood greats -- including Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward Arnold, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford -- in a succession of intercut clips from seventeen vintage Hollywood films. Rigby is a low-rent detective (his fee is
May 21, 1982 Wide
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A parlor trick, but the kind -- an inquiring jester making his way through the ghosts of cinema's past -- that gets Godard at the Moviola to layer Histoire(s) together
Hilarious and seamless!
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a thoroughly entertaining spoof of Hollywood private eye movies.
Too clever for its own good when it should be worried about being funny.
Mainly for the noir geeks and the Steve Martin fans -- and I'm both.
It makes my head spin to think how many viewing hours must have been spent in order to knit this story together
Audience Reviews for Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
- Rigby Reardon: Here's three bucks if you can get this cab to 46 Bay Court in ten minutes.
- Rigby Reardon: Follow that cab!
- Rigby Reardon: I always carry my harmonica: it's lighter than an accordion and more powerful than a sleeping pill.
- Juliet Forrest: We wouldn't have to have kids.
- Juliet Forrest: Oh, you poor dear. I don't blame you for strangling me - I'll never say it again.
- Rigby Reardon: Where'd you learn that?
- Juliet Forrest: At camp.
- Rigby Reardon: You learned that at girls' camp?
- Juliet Forrest: It's really for a snake bite, but I find it works for everything.
- Field Marshall Von Kluck: Sorry, I'm a butler not a catcher.
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