Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Maurice Phillips|
|Produced by||Ziggy Steinberg|
|Written by||Ziggy Steinberg|
|Music by||Charles Gross|
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper|
|Edited by||Dennis M. Hill|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|July 26, 1991|
Another You is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Maurice Phillips. The film stars Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Mercedes Ruehl, Vanessa Williams and Kevin Pollak. Another You was Gene Wilder's final film before his death in 2016. This is the fourth and final film role of Wilder and Pryor, who had both appeared previously in the 1976 film Silver Streak, the 1980 film Stir Crazy and the 1989 film See No Evil, Hear No Evil. The film was released in the United States on July 26, 1991.
George (Wilder), a former mental patient and pathological liar, is released from the hospital. He is quickly, purposefully mistaken for millionaire brewery heir Abe Fielding by a troupe of actors hired by Rupert Dibbs (Lang), an unscrupulous business manager. Rupert needs George to believe he is Fielding in order to kill him off and inherit the Fielding Brewery and family fortune.
Eddie Dash (Pryor), a con man, tenuously befriends George due to a community service assignment. He attempts at first to capitalize on George's mistaken identity, but after being pressured 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 comical chaos.
- Richard Pryor as Eddie Dash
- Gene Wilder as George
- Mercedes Ruehl as Elaine
- Stephen Lang as Rupert Dibbs
- Vanessa Williams as Gloria
- Vincent Schiavelli as Dentist
- Craig Richard Nelson as Walt
- Kevin Pollak as Phil
Pryor later said he "got personally and professionally fucked on that film. They fired the director and hired another ego. I was told I wasn't going to have to reshoot scenes but the new ego had me do it anyway. That's when I discovered things weren't going well for me professionally."
Another You was a critical and box office failure. 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. The film currently has a 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews.
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