1980, Sony Repertory, 108 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Poitier

Directed by Sidney Poitier (star of LILIES OF THE FIELD and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT), this classic comedy pairs Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, whose chemistry and improvisation make this one of the most quotable films of all time. Struggling playwright Wilder and struggling actor Pryor head West to seek their fortune. Framed for a bank robbery they didn’t commit and sentenced to 125 years in jail, the two must appear in a prison rodeo in order to escape. Also features POLTERGEIST’s Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. “Yea, that’s right! That’s right! We bad!”

1996, Warner Bros., 84 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

Off-Broadway director Christopher Guest goes to Blaine, Missouri, to put on a musical of the town’s history as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. The town’s most noteworthy moments include settlers taking root when their leader “smelled the salt air,” providing a stool for President William McKinley and a nearby flying saucer landing. The local characters who help stage the amateur musical include dentist Eugene Levy, travel agents Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara and Dairy Queen waitress Parker Posey.

2006, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest turns the camera on Hollywood for a hilarious look at the making of an independent movie and its cast as they become victims of the dreaded awards buzz. Film-within-a-film HOME FOR PURIM began as an intimate period drama about a Jewish family's turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch's favorite holiday. But when Internet-generated rumors suggest cast members Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer and Parker Posey may have a shot at awards, the production takes a turn as everyone from reporters (Fred Willard) to agents (Eugene Levy) to studio chiefs (Ricky Gervais) smell the sudden potential for a sleeper hit.

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