Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
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In this post-modernist exercise, star/writer Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner spoof the film noir yarns of the '40s with Martin playing gumshoe Rigby Reardon, who interacts with a legion of Hollywood greats -- including Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward Arnold, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford -- in a succession of intercut clips from seventeen vintage Hollywood films. Rigby is a low-rent detective (his fee is $10 per day) sitting in his office, waiting for something to happen. That something happens when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"A parlor trick, but the kind -- an inquiring jester making his way through the ghosts of cinema's past -- that gets Godard at the Moviola to layer Histoire(s) together"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Too clever for its own good when it should be worried about being funny."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It makes my head spin to think how many viewing hours must have been spent in order to knit this story together"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"Hilarious and seamless!"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Mainly for the noir geeks and the Steve Martin fans -- and I'm both."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This is Carl Reiner's cleverly adapted spoof on noir films of the post-World War 11 days."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a thoroughly entertaining spoof of Hollywood private eye movies."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Um filme de uma piada só."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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