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Fire Sale (1977)

Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Arkin

Writers:

Robert Klane (screenplay), Robert Klane (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Ezra Fikus
Rob Reiner ... Russel Fikus
Vincent Gardenia ... Benny Fikus
Anjanette Comer ... Marion Fikus
Kay Medford ... Ruth Fikus
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Virginia
Sid Caesar ... Sherman
Alex Rocco ... Al
Byron Stewart Byron Stewart ... Captain
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Blossom
William Bogert ... Insurance Doctor (as Bill Bogert)
Richard Libertini ... Painter
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Painter
John Batiste John Batiste ... M.D. #1
Augusta Dabney Augusta Dabney ... Mrs. Cooper
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Storyline

Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the responsibility over to his son, Russel. While Russel doesn't get much respect from his parents, he's better off than his brother, Ezra, whom Benny has gone so far as to disown. Ezra is currently battling with his work (coach of a high school basketball team that hasn't won in ages) and his wife (who keeps nagging him that she wants to have a baby as soon as possible) at the same time. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Fikus Family: They're Not Roasted. They're Not Salted. They're Just Plain Nuts.

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Es brennt an allen Ecken See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

References "Treasure of the Sierra Madre "--- The high school is named after Alfonso Bedoya, the actor famous for the line "We don't care about no stinking badges!" See more »

Quotes

Ezra Fikus: How would you like your name to be Booker T. Fikus?
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Too Funny Not To Be Released
7 April 2004 | by flopsjrSee all my reviews

Everyone to his own taste. Leonard Maltin is a wonderful critic, but this time I disagree with him. A friend of mine showed me a tape he made of this movie in 1979. I could not stop laughing. Sometimes a movie doesn't have to have a message when it's being funny (Ace Ventura, as a case in point). The stars of this movie are comedy giants, but the supporting cast is just as funny. Richard Libertini steals the movie as a house painter cum psychiatrist. Alex Rocco as a clothing salesman is hilarious. I have an old VHS tape of this movie that I made off HBO. I would love to see this movie released on DVD. If there is any good reason why this movie is not being released I'd like to hear it. I've showed the tape to my kids, and they went crazy for it. I think the time has come to let the world enjoy this laugh riot. I'm surprised that cable hasn't shown it either instead of the same tired retreads over and over. Let's hear it for comedy that isn't pretty.


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