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MOVIE REVIEW | Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I loved Mr Wonderful: The Don Rickles Project as a study of a man who I already found fascinating, I also loved it as a history lesson on a period of show biz that just doesn’t exist anymore.”

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“This about Don Rickles? I’m outta here.”

In the 50s, Don Rickles starred alongside legends Clarke Gable and Burt Lancaster in the submarine classic, Run Silent, Run Deep. In the 70s, Don Rickles starred alongside legends Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland in Kelly’s Heroes.  In the 90s, Don Rickles starred alongside legend Robert De Niro, while being directed by legend Martin Scorsese in Casino.  But despite these decades acting in A grade movies alongside A grade talent, Don Rickles has dedicated his life to acting, he’s dedicated half a century to the art of insult comedy.  Half a century commemorated in Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.


A nightclub comedian who has basically used the same act for decades, Don Rickles should be the epitome of hack.  But when generations of comedians, from Billy Crystal, to Sarah Silverman, wax lyrical about the man and the legend it’s obvious that he’s more than just his jokes.  An insult comic who deals in making fun of race via the broadest and most dated cliches, Rickles’ act shouldn’t work in the modern world.  But as this documentary tells us over and over again, he somehow gets away with it. (more…)