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Another You (1991)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 26 July 1991 (USA)
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George has been in a mental hospital for three years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but ... See full summary »

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Maurice Phillips

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Ziggy Steinberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Eddie Dash
Gene Wilder ... George / Abe Fielding
Mercedes Ruehl ... Elaine
Stephen Lang ... Dibbs
Vanessa Williams ... Gloria
Phil Rubenstein Phil Rubenstein ... Al
Peter Michael Goetz ... Therapist
Billy Beck ... Harry
Jerry Houser ... Tim
Kevin Pollak ... Phil
Craig Richard Nelson ... Walt
Kandis Chappell Kandis Chappell ... Gail
Elsa Raven ... Volunteer
Catherine E. Coulson ... Nurse
Norman Glasser Norman Glasser ... Male Patient
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Storyline

George has been in a mental hospital for three years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when people begin to recognize George as the missing millionaire Abe, Eddie wants to take advantage of the situation. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Meet two big liars. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uno miente, el otro engaña See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,537,965, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$2,865,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,865,916
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On Gilbert Gottfried's podcast in 2016, Peter Bogdanovich describes how he and Gene Wilder didn't get along because Bogdanovich devoted most of his time and energy to Richard Pryor, who had MS. Though Bogdanovich claims the film had only been green-lit because he had got Pryor involved in first place (the studio not wanting Wilder alone), he believes Wilder successfully campaigned to have him replaced with another director. See more »

Quotes

George: I want to know everything about you and I'd like you to know all about me, too. Because we might just find out that we have a heck of a lot in common.
Elaine: What? What? What could we have in common?
George: Basil! I love basil. You like basil, Elaine?
Elaine: It doesn't sweep me off my feet.
George: Alright, try this, my favorite color is brown, I subscribe to the Reader's Digest, I love yodeling, and my favorite food is wiener schnitzel mit rotkraut and kartoffel. You like wiener schnitzel mit rotkraut and kartoffel? You ...
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Crazy Credits

As the TriStar Pictures logo plays out, Eddie Dash swears at the sight of the horse getting wings, causing it to crash offscreen. See more »

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References Silver Streak (1976) See more »

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CHARMING SNAKES
Written and Performed by Andy Summers
Courtesy of Private Music, a division of Private, Inc.
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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor's fourth and final collaboration, also their weakest
18 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Another You' at the time, and still is now, the most poorly received Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor film in terms of box office and critical reaction, being both a box office failure and considered by a good many as their worst.

From personal opinion, 'Another You' is agreed their weakest, but it is nowhere near as bad as its reputation while also having potential to be much better. Of their four double act collaborations, my personal favourite is 'Silver Streak' while also really enjoying 'Stir Crazy' mostly (where the partnership between the two is more equal and even more inspired) if not as even (with a second half that doesn't fare as well as the first half). 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil', a critical failure but unlike 'Another You' a box office success, was uneven and not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but was also not as bad as reputed.

There are good things about 'Another You'. It looks pretty good, really liked the rustic costume and set design and the photography doesn't look too cheap. Charles Gross' music is a good, sometimes quirky, never over-bearing and rarely mismatched, fit.

Wilder and Pryor work very well together and show what a great double act and comedy duo they were. Wilder does give the better performance here, being full of energy and sometimes very funny. Pryor is hampered by the multiple sclerosis that he was suffering from at the time, which makes him look ill and stiff, and he is a little underused and for Pryor fairly subdued, this said he still provides enough entertaining moments and is very much watchable.

Some of the dialogue and jokes are fun and witty too. That quality doesn't come through consistently enough, but 'Another You' is one of those films that has its good moments and elements and hardly irredeemably bad. The supporting cast do well with what they're given, what 'Another You' has over 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' is that the supporting cast are better here.

However, the story mostly is non-descript, and what there is of it is jumbled and disjointed. It also has erratic pacing, sometimes rushed, at other times with a few dull stretches, and it could have done with being 10-15 minutes longer to tie things up more tightly. Despite a decent premise, the laughs don't come consistently. Parts of the dialogue are lacklustre, there are some tasteless and less than subtle jokes about the mentally ill (which is one of the reasons why 'Another You' is Wilder and Pryor's weakest, because despite a lack of subtlety in places 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' handled its premise nowhere near as distastefully as it potentially could have done) and the yodelling scene agreed is an embarrassment and should have been left on the editing room floor.

Overall, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor's weakest film but not as bad as reputed. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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