Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Affectionately spoofing 1940s film noir and detective dramas, this comedy follows a private investigator's attempts to solve the murder of a scientist. The central gimmick allows the film's modern-day stars to, through clever… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 21, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

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

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Too clever for its own good when it should be worried about being funny.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is Carl Reiner's cleverly adapted spoof on noir films of the post-World War 11 days.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Hilarious and seamless!

Scott Weinberg

Mainly for the noir geeks and the Steve Martin fans -- and I'm both.

Shane Burridge

It makes my head spin to think how many viewing hours must have been spent in order to knit this story together

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a thoroughly entertaining spoof of Hollywood private eye movies.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Um filme de uma piada só.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Carl Reiner's homage to film noir has Steve Martin as a detective on a case, acting and reacting to selected bits of classic noir. If only there was a… More
Aj V
This film noir spoof takes footage from the old movies and mixes them with scenes of Steve Martin as a detective. It's very interesting to watch, and very… More
Spencer S.
An underrated Steve Martin classic, it's a bit much of a concept and surely goofy throughout, but it's wildly entertaining. Steve Martin portrays a… More
xGary Xx
Luckily, this affectionate parody of Film Noir from Steve Martin was made deep, deep back in the mists of the dawn of time, when giant reptiles ruled the Earth… More
Clintus Maximus
This may be my favorite Steve Martin movie and one of my favorites ever. I consider it one of the funniest, most inventive films ever and years ahead of its… More
Tim Salmons
If you're a film noir fan or just a spoof fan in general, then this movie is right up your alley. Steve Martin plays a P.I. who falls for a beautiful… More