Another You

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Another You
Another you dvd cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Maurice Phillips
Produced by Ziggy Steinberg
Written by Ziggy Steinberg
Starring
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Edited by Dennis M. Hill
Production
company
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date
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 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

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][2]

Peter Bogdanovich was the original director, but he was replaced after five weeks of shooting in New York.[3]The film was shot instead in Los Angeles. None of Bogdanovich's footage was used.[4]

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."[5]

Reception[edit]

Another You was a critical and box office failure.[6][7][8] 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.[9] The film currently has a 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frolick, Billy (1992-10-25). "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. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  2. ^ Upton, Julian (December 10, 2017). "Extinguishing Features: The Last Years of Richard Pryor". Bright Lights Film Journal.
  3. ^ Staff, Variety (1 January 1991). "Review: 'Another You'". Variety. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.thestudiotour.com/movies.php?movie_id=1307
  5. ^ "Richard Pryor". Ebony. September 1993. p. 104.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1991-07-29). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Another You': Happy, Dopey, Snappy, Empty - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  8. ^ Fox, David J. (1991-07-30). "Weekend Box Office : 'Mobsters' Is the Only Solid Opener - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  9. ^ "Biggest Second Weekend Drops". boxofficemojo.com. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 20, 2014.

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