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Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.
Gene Wilder almost wasn't in this movie. Per his autobiography, he turned the script down twice (due to its treatment of the deaf and the blind). He intended to do the same when offered it a third time, but his agent talked him into meeting with TriStar Pictures (the studio behind the film). The TriStar people asked Gene to re-write the script for him and Richard Pryor, which he agreed to do.
How many fingers am I holding up in front of your eyes right now?
Dave: That's good. That's pretty good, considering that he's blind.
When Wally stops the police car after driving into the sides of beef at the meat market, you can clearly see that it is Wally's stunt double driving through the driver side window.
In the original version, when Dave (Gene Wilder) impersonates a psychiatrist and asks Wally (Richard Pryor) to tell him the first thing he thinks of, Wally shouts "PUSSY!" In the television version, this is changed to "PASTA!"
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