- Actors: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd, Carl Reiner, Barbara Stanwyck
- Directors: Carl Reiner
- Writers: Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, George Gipe
- Producers: David V. Picker, Richard McWhorter, William E. McEuen
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: 1 July 1999
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004R67H
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid [VHS]
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Noir spoof utilising cleverly edited clips from the films of Hollywood's golden era. Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is a down on his luck private eye hired by Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) to investigate the suspicious death of her father, a noted scientist and cheesemaker. Reardon is soon interacting with suspicious characters portrayed by such stars of yore as James Cagney, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake. The film is dedicated to costume designer Edith Head, whose last production this was.
Top Customer Reviews
Martin plays the wonderfully named Rigby Reardon, a typical, gritty private eye who narrates the story with sarcastic observation and gets involved in the usual femme fatal plot and a conspiracy surround the death of a cheesemaker. Yes, it's nonsense, and towards the end it becomes a bit hard to follow and the silliness gets out of control. But it's all played straight and for most of the film you could believe you were actually watching a classic film noir.
Steve Martin should have done more of these movies. Rigby Reardon was a great character and could have lasted for a few sequel.The humor is frequently hilarious and he certainly retains a lot of the integrity he has lost in recent years since he went the way of Eddie Murphy and sold himself out to family audiences. Either way, I say you should give this movie a go if you're a fan of his older work.
The Region 1 DVD is sadly in non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen with Dolby 2.0 surround (the UK DVD is in fullscreen). It still looks quite good for a black and white film and the sound has that limited sound-space effect to it to make it fit in with the older footage. A Dolby 5.1 remix would have been totally unnecessary. Though I think the b&w photography would look brilliant in 1080p. But I have a feeling you'll be waiting forever on a Blu Ray.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first saw this movie in The Grovenor cinema in Hillhead when it was first released. I thought I would buy it so that I could watch it again and see if my impressions of it had... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marianne M.
A brilliant comic collage culled from some classics of Film Noir of the 1940s, held together by Steve Martin, Rachael Ward and Carl Reiner's witty direction.Timeless stuffPublished 6 months ago by Benjamin Frankly