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The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

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In this comedy, 1920s movie producer Zitz is searching for the next Rudolph Valentino. When Rudy Valentine sets off to audition for the part, he must compete with scores of other men for the part, while attempting to keep his wife from running off with the real Rudolph Valentino.
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Runtime:
Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Gene Wilder
as Rudy Valentine, Rudy Valentine/Rudy Hickman
Carol Kane
as Annie Hickman
Dom DeLuise
as Adolph Zitz
Fritz Feld
as Tomaso Abalone
Cousin Buddy
as Himself
Candice Azzara
as Anne Calassandro
Carl Ballantine
as Uncle Harry
Matt Collins
as Rudolph Valentino
Lou Cutell
as Mr. Kipper
James Gleason
as Room Clerk
RONNY GRAHAM
as Director
Florence Sundstrom
as Aunt Tillie
Robert Ball
as Bald Man
Carol DeLuise
as Woman in Record Store
Stanley Brock
as Yes Man #2
Warren Burton
as Drag Queen
Danny DeVito
as Assistant Director
Richard Dimitri
as Tony Lassiter
Josip Elic
as Headwaiter
Peter Elbing
as Robert Drake
Melissa Fellen
as Cousin Corrine
Ricky Fellen
as Cousin Max
James Hong
as Sven
David Huddleston
as Bakery Owner
Patrick Regan
as Assistant Director
Richard Karron
as Bodyguard
Michael McManus
as Yes Man #5
Nora Boland
as Woman
Elya Baskin
as Actor with Bad Breath
Art Mendelli
as Jailor
Sidney Miller
as Man at the Table
David Levy
as Elevator Operator
Jorge Moreno
as Mexican Gangster
Bunny Summers
as Mother on Train
Pavla Ustinov
as Leading Lady
Jack Riley
as Projectionist
Alvin Hammer
as Second Wardrobe Man
Billy Sands
as Guard
Zooey Hall
as Finalist #1
Rolfe Sedan
as Conductor
Sal Viscuso
as Assistant Director
Lydia Goya
as Singer in Jail
Randolph Dobbs
as Yes Man #1
Speedy Zapata
as Mexican Sidekick
Sandy Roveta
as Woman Dancer
Gino Gottarelli
as Make-up Man
Rita Conde
as Whore #1
Nick Dimitri
as Boyfriend on Train
Lupe Ontiveros
as Whore #2
Teda Bracci
as Whore #3
Elaine Everett
as Whore #4
Gustaf Unger
as Producer
Harry Gold
as Freddie the Runner
Poncie Ponce
as Pineapple
Frank O'Brien
as Yes Man #4
Marya Small
as Slave Girl #2
Harriet Gibson
as Pastry Customer
Peter Elbling
as Robert Drake
Charles Knapp
as Bakery Foreman
George Memmoli
as Truck Driver
Pat Ast
as Bakery/Wardrobe Lady
Tracey Cohn
as Little Girl on Train
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Critic Reviews for The World's Greatest Lover

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Wilder's new movie, The World's Greatest Lover, his second venture as star, director and writer, is not very clever at all.

Full Review… | December 21, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

In a generation that's filled with cynical, ultra-raunchy, dark comedies, this was refreshing to me. There's a certain innocence in this kind of immature humor that I miss from the movies.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

A shrill, silly farce that starts out with some funny moments but quickly fizzles and ends up being quite lame.

November 25, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Even those of us with a longtime and well-earned affection for Gene Wilder have to respond to The World's Greatest Lover ... with a dispirited sigh.

Full Review… | April 9, 2006
DVDJournal.com

Misfire by Gene Wilder who finds he is not Mel Brooks after all.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

This really just doesn't work.

October 1, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The World's Greatest Lover

I can't believe this movie has such a low rating here. This is one of Gene Wilder's funniest movies. When I first saw this movie I knew nothing about it and had zero expectations, which I find often seems to make any movie more enjoyable. Give this movie a chance and I think you will enjoy it. Resist the urge to read descriptive reviews and/or plot summaries. The less you know!!

Lumpy Wutherspoon
Lumpy Wutherspoon

Not a great movie, but Carol Kane is so beautiful to look at. I saw this in the theater when it was released and fell in love with her. I've seen everything she's ever done, and she can do no wrong. A real natural beauty.

John McCarthy
John McCarthy
½

I loved this movie, It stars two of my favourite actors, and it's also directed by Wilder. The story is hilarious as are the jokes within it. I highly recommend this movie to fans.

Aj V
Aj V

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