Another You

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For the song by David Kersh, see Another You (song).
Another You
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Maurice Phillips
Produced by Ziggy Steinberg
Ted Zachary
(Executive Producer)
Written by Ziggy Steinberg
Starring Richard Pryor
Gene Wilder
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
July 26, 1991 (1991-07-26)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $2,865,916

Another You is a 1991 American comedy film. It was the final film pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, neither of whom appeared again in a leading role in another film, together or apart.

Co-stars included Mercedes Ruehl, Vanessa Williams and Kevin Pollak.

Plot[edit]

George, a former mental patient and pathological liar, is released from the hospital, and he is quickly, purposefully mistaken for millionaire brewery heir Abe Fielding by a troop of actors hired by the dubious and unscrupulous business manager Rupert. Rupert needs George to believe he is Fielding in order to kill him off and inherit the Fielding Brewery and family fortune. Eddie Dash, a con man who tenuously and forcefully befriends George due to a community service assignment attempts at first to capitalize on George's mistaken identity--but after being conned by Rupert into killing George for profit, turns the tables on Rupert and helps George fake his death, only to come back to the land of the living and inheriting both the brewery and the Fielding fortune instead. Along the way, Eddie and George turn two of Rupert's female associates into allies and partners--while getting themselves into plenty of contrived comical chaos and hilarity.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was released four years after Pryor revealed that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and his physical deterioration is evident in this film.[1] Peter Bogdanovich was the original director, but he was replaced after five weeks of shooting.

Wilder has not acted in any theatrically released films since, although he has starred in two murder mystery television films and appeared as the Mock Turtle in an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Although both Wilder and Pryor downplayed and even at times decried any off screen friendship or chemistry between them, this movie solidified their truly awesome cinematic partnership. Specifically the final scene, where George (Wilder) is locked arm in arm with Eddie (Pryor) holding a sign that says 'Partners Forever' while both are smiling and look truly and sincerely at ease with one another (which could be acting but seems so much more real than that), is testament to a connection between the two actors that readily (if only subconsciously) belies and underlies a real-life affection for one another on a very human and unscripted level.

Reception[edit]

Another You was a critical and box office failure.[2][3][4] It ranks among the top ten widely-released films for having the biggest second weekend drop at the box office, dropping 78.1% from $1,537,965 to $334,836.[5]

However, fans of Wilder and Pryor as a comedic duo for the ages have kept the spirit of this movie alive in a cult status sense--as it remains a very fitting tribute to and solidification of their on screen presence and partnership with one another spanning several decades and countless laughs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Back in the Ring : Multiple sclerosis seemingly had Richard Pryor down for the count, but a return to his roots has revitalized the giant of stand-up - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1992-10-25. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (1991-07-27). "Movie Review - Another You - Review/Film; A Reformed Liar and a Con Man - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Another You': Happy, Dopey, Snappy, Empty - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1991-07-29. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office : 'Mobsters' Is the Only Solid Opener - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1991-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Biggest Second Weekend Drops". boxofficemojo.com. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 

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