Cry Uncle!

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This article is about a 1971 cult classic comedy film. For other uses, see Cry Uncle (disambiguation).
Cry Uncle!
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by David Jay Disick
Written by Novel
Michael Brett
David Odell
Additional dialogue
Allen Garfield
John G. Avildsen
Starring Allen Garfield
Music by Harper MacKay
Cinematography John G. Avildsen
Edited by John G. Avildsen
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release dates
August 17, 1971
Running time
87 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000[1]

Cry Uncle! (also American Oddballs and Superdick) is a 1971 film in the Troma library. It is directed by John G. Avildsen and stars Allen Garfield. The story, based on the Michael Brett novel Lie a Little, Die a Little, follows the misadventures of a slobbish private detective who is hired by a millionaire to investigate a murder. The movie features one of Paul Sorvino's first screen performances, and an early appearance from TV star Debbie Morgan.

The film features a great deal of nudity, sex, drug use, and an explicit act of necrophilia. The film was banned in Finland for the year following its release, and in Norway until 2003. In addition to becoming a cult classic, the film launched a string of Troma films that appeared in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, many of them becoming cult films that would run on cable TV.


The story follows a detective who takes on a murder case, complicated by a diverse group of suspects and a lot of sexual situations.


Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma, has a cameo appearance as a hippie.


During an interview featured in the Special Edition of the film's DVD, Allen Garfield claims that Cry Uncle! is Oliver Stone's favorite comedy.

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  1. ^ Red Hot and Redford By A.H. WEILER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 09 Aug 1970: 77.

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