Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Director: John Landis Cast: Don Rickles, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock

DVD (Wide Screen / Uncensored)

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As one of the few heavyweight comedians of Vegas's "Golden Age" to topline standup routines in 21st century Glitter Gulch - a time and place that saw him still reeling in massive audiences well into his 70s and 80s - Don Rickles qualifies as a show business legend. Rickles, of course, pioneered the use of insult comedy to mercilessly rib, skewer, and cut down to size anyone who happened to fall into his line of fire, earning him the sobriquets "Mr. Warmth" and "The Merchant of Venom" and lending a whole new meaning to the term "hockey puck." This approach, which seemed unprecedented and even outrageously uncouth in the late 1950s and early 1960s, eventually won Rickles legions of fans and innumerable protégés within show business - everyone from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. Director John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, Trading Places) stands at the forefront of Rickles's fan club and created the documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project as an homage to the comic's life and career. Landis intercuts footage from the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and Rickles's appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, with extended clips from the shtickmeister's comedy routines and on-camera interviews in which the comedian reflects at length on his approach to comedy and journey through showbusiness. Admirers, colleagues and followers of Rickles also turn up to offer their views on the comedian - including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Guest, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood and many others.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2008
UPC: 0883476000916
Original Release: 2007
Rating: NR
Source: The Collective
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:17:00
Sales rank: 4,042

Special Features

Robin Williams wishes Don a happy birthday; Whoopi knows hockey puck ; Bob Newhart on acting; Landis directs De Niro; James Caan: Sonny Corleone finds his inner Rickles; Penn Jillette "One Show Business" ; Bob Newhart: Johnny Carson's beach house

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Rickles Participant
Clint Eastwood Participant
Chris Rock Participant
Sarah Silverman Participant
Christopher Guest Participant
Steve Lawrence Participant
Sidney Poitier Participant
Penn Jillette Participant
Robin Williams Participant
Whoopi Goldberg Participant
Bob Newhart Participant
Martin Scorsese Participant
Harry Dean Stanton Participant
Dean Martin Actor
Frank Sinatra Actor
Johnny Carson Actor
Jay Leno Participant
Joan Rivers Participant
Billy Crystal Participant

Technical Credits
John Landis Director,Producer
Tom Clancey Cinematographer
Bob Engelman Producer
Michael Krikorian Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Levine Editor
Mike Richardson Producer
Larry Rickles Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
1. Intro [3:45]
2. Vegas [23:23]
3. The Tonight Show [9:36]
4. Growing Up [6:31]
5. The Stars [5:04]
6. Mother [3:44]
7. The Work [6:20]
8. The Wife [4:30]
9. The Strip [8:16]
10. Longevity [12:34]
11. Final Curtain [3:16]
12. End Credits [3:13]

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew_T More than 1 year ago
A definitive look at the life and mainly career of Don Rickles but incredibly interesting for the look into the Vegas comedian scene of the '60s. A large staple of comedians, actors and friends tell anecdotes and share personal stories about the comedian. The movie is definitely worth a view because it will have you rolling, also fantastic are the clips from the Dean Martin roasts which Rickles was frequent roaster.