Cracking Up (1983)





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Jerry Lewis reprises his previous movie persona, this time as Warren Nefron, a man unable to successfully kill himself, while Herb Edelman is Dr. Jonas Pletchick, the psychiatrist out to cure him of his failure, in this undistinguished slapstick comedy. Many of Lewis' past routines crop up again through the device of flashbacks, as he sits in the doctor's office and remembers vignettes from his past. As usual, the French love his humor and flocked to see this film when it was first released. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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Jerry Lewis
as Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter
Herb Edelman
as Dr. Jonas Pletchick
Zane Buzby
as Waitress / Valet / Woman in Line
Foster Brooks
as The Pilot
Buddy Lester
as Passenger
Milton Berle
as Female Patient
Dick Butkus
as Anti-Smoking Enforcer
Francine York
as Marie Du Bois
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Mr. Billings
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Critic Reviews for Cracking Up

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Lives up to its title in ways that seem painfully intentional.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
New Yorker
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A twilight smorgasbord, serenely avant-garde, and the culmination of the development of Lewis' cinematic language

Full Review… | November 17, 2009

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Labored and stupid.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Not seen except in very limited theatres, the film was more loved by the French. Mostly a series of skits of a man in deep trouble from his current sad state and back through his geneology. Mostly slapstick, mostly overlong comedy scenes. Suggest you watch this for yourself. A scene from the film: [img][/img] So inept, he fails at suicide Cracking Up is a comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. Originally titled Smorgasbord, it was filmed in 1981-82 and only received limited distribution in the United States. It is the last film to be directed by Lewis. NOTES: 1 In December 1982, after filming completed, Lewis underwent triple-bypass heart surgery at the Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas NV. [img][/img] SEE the entire film here: Jerry Lewis as Warren Herb Edelman as the Psychiatrist Zane Buzby as the Waitress Milton Berle as the Lady Foster Brooks as the Pilot Dick Butkus as Anti-Smoking Enforcer Francine York as Marie Sammy Davis, Jr. as Himself [img][/img] Directed by Jerry Lewis Produced by Peter Nelson Arnold Orgolini Written by Jerry Lewis Bill Richmond Distributed by Warner Brothers Release date(s) April 13, 1983 (France) Running time 83 minutes [img][/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

After watching the 1st couple skits I had high hopes for this movie but it went from HILARIOUS to unfunny.Watching Jerry Lewis trying to commit suicide at the start was over the top & then going to his shrinks office & sliding & falling all over the place was hilarious but after that it just went downhill from there

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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