The Life of Reilly (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Life of Reilly
...he's far more candid recalling his grand delusions in a school play than he is when he gets to Broadway and Hollywood.
Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge.
As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur.
Director Barry Poltermann's sweet little evocation of a show business career captures Reilly at 'the twilight of an extraordinary life,' in Reilly's words.
Audience Reviews for The Life of Reilly
Wow. What a powerful retrospective on a life many might have dismissed as silly and insignificant. This intimate one-man-show reminds us of the profound humanity of those around us -- even those of whom we have not thought to take notice before. A real "check" on life and a beautifully disappointing time capsule.
I first remember seeing Charles Nelson Reilly in the show THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR. I loved his character and when he came on the screen I knew I was going to laugh. There was The Match Game show, and he was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson, over 100 times. This is a fantastic, touching, funny one-man live stage recording of Charles Nelson Reilly's recollection of his life. It was mainly filmed from the last time he ever performed THE LIFE OF REILLY in 2004. He had a zany family, famous friends and a fabulous life. And that laugh.
Amazing one man show in which O'Reilly takes us through his remarkable life. One of those lives that makes you shake your head in astonishment at the resilience of the human spirit. Would I have liked more show-biz stories? Sure. But what is here is great enough. I'm so grateful he did this before he died.
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