Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery


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Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.


6.9/10
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Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Carl Reiner, George Gipe, Steve Martin

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29 May 2000 | michaelRokeefe
6
| A serious laugh at the moody films of the 40's.
I had to watch this a second time to appreciate it. The story is not the most impressive; but the concept is. Steve Martin plays a detective in a parody of classic film noir. The movie features actual scenes cut from several films and blended with precision. These skillful splices feature some of the great names from old time Hollywood. Names like Cagney, Douglas, Davis, Crawford and Bergman.

Martin really shows his talent and ability to make a scene imitate reality. His comedic wit is sharp as a switchblade. His co-star is Rachel Ward, who can vamp or play coy with the best of them. Along with directing, Carl Reiner has a cameo part.

Swift directing, with superb lighting and shading made this black and white crime comedy shine.

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,289,601 23 May 1982

Gross USA:

$18,196,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,196,170

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