Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
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This spoof of '40s private eye/film noir thrillers focuses on a detective (Steve Martin) trying to solve the murder of a scientist. Hired by his wife (Rachel Ward), the detective interviews a steady stream of clients (Martin interacting with actual footage of various detective classics such as Double Indemnity and The Bribe) to discover the identity of the killer.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Hilarious and seamless!"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Mainly for the noir geeks and the Steve Martin fans -- and I'm both."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"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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