Martin and Lewis

2002

Martin and Lewis

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The meteoric rise of the most successful American comedy team of the 20th century is colorfully chronicled in the made for TV biopic Martin and Lewis. Sean Hayes of Will & Grace fame delivers an astonishing performance as the young Jerry Lewis, easily outdistancing British actor Jeremy Northam's capable but phlegmatic portrayal of Dean Martin. The film focuses on the years 1945 to 1956, during which a promising nightclub singer named Dean Martin finds himself pairing up with a manic Borscht-belt comic named Jerry Lewis. Sky rocketing to success in films and TV, Martin and Lewis enjoy a fanatical following comparable to the one attending The Beatles in the 1960s, but ultimately fame and fortune exacts a heavy toll upon the friendship of the two entertainers, culminating in a well-publicized breakup. The script does not flinch in its recreation of Martin's aloof selfishness or Lewis' bullying megalomania, but at the same time the viewer sees the positive character traits of both men, as well as their desperate yearning to be loved and accepted -- not only by their fans, by their families and friends. And even though he is not always shown in the best light, Jerry Lewis, surviving member of the team, loved the film and gave it his unconditional blessing when Martin and Lewis made its CBS bow on November 24, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Jeremy Northam
as Dean Martin
Sean Hayes
as Jerry Lewis
Paula Cale
as Betty Martin
Sarah Manninen
as Patti Lewis
Kate Levering
as Jeanne Martin
Scott McCord
as Abby Greshler
Steve Brinder
as Danny Lewis
Rhona Shekter
as Rae Lewis
Conrad Dunn
as Lou Perry
Bill Lake
as Hal Wallis
Tony Nappo
as Jimmy Nappo
David Eisner
as Lew Wasserman
Aron Tager
as Max Coleman
Colin Glazer
as Norman Lear
Robert Morelli
as Skinny D'Amato
Markus Parilo
as Irwin Woolfe
Bruce Gooch
as Cameraman
Craig Eldridge
as Ernie Glucksman
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  • As Dean, Jeremy Northam is an odd and interesting choice, equally at home as a sedated crooner in a forties nightclub as he was as a lovesick poet in nineteenth-century Possession.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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