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The Three Stooges (2000)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 24 April 2000
A biography of the Three Stooges, in which their careers and rise to fame is shown throughout the eyes of their leader, Moe Howard.

Director:

James Frawley

Writers:

Michael Fleming (book), Janet Roach (television story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ben-Victor ... Moe Howard
Evan Handler ... Larry Fine
John Kassir ... Shemp Howard
Michael Chiklis ... Jerome 'Curly' Howard
Rachael Blake ... Helen Howard
Anna Lise Phillips ... Mabel Fine (as Anna-Lise Phillips)
Jeanette Cronin ... Gertrude Howard
Joel Edgerton ... Tom Cosgrove
Marton Csokas ... Ted Healy
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Harry Cohn
Brandon Burke ... Harry Romm
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Jules White (as Lewis Fitzgerald)
Peter Callan Peter Callan ... Joe DeRita
Laurence Coy ... Joe Besser
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... Judge
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Storyline

In the late 1950s, Moe Howard, the leader of the Three Stooges, is at a low point of his life with his film career apparently over, and he won't earn a dime from the impending big profits when his films are shown on television. In addition, he is being pestered by a young television executive who wants his team for a live show at his city. Amidst all this, Moe can't help but think back to the past starting from the beginning of the team's career with Ted Healy and their break from him to eventually having a successful film career in shorts. Yet that can't obscure the tragedy of Jerome "Curly" Howard's stroke and death or the death of his other brother Shemp. While he reminisces, Moe must decide whether to gamble on whether there will be a new generation of fans who will let the team to enter a new phase of their career. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Stooges See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The film implies that Curly Howard was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In truth, he did recover to a point from his career-ending stroke, and even married (again) and had a daughter. He can be seen making an unbilled cameo appearance as a train passenger in Hold That Lion!. He is noticeably thinner and had a full head of hair. His health did deteriorate after 1949, and he died in 1952. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Moe: How old are you?
Young Shemp: Seventeen.
Young Moe: Come on, you're older than that.
Young Shemp: No, I got a birth certificate.
Young Moe: You couldn't get that dirty in seventeen years.
Young Moe: How 'about you, how old are you?
Young Jerome: I was seven. Three years in Sanford, Connecticut.
Young Moe: That makes you nine.
Young Jerome: Not 'til I get back to Connecticut...
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References Disorder in the Court (1936) See more »

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Affectionate biography of the slapstick masters
25 April 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Some of the classic Three Stooges routines are lovingly and precisely recreated in this story of the real life Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, and Joe. The sad ups and downs of the master slapstick clowns are well portrayed by the cast.

Getting the timing of the comic bits down was craft enough, but we also get the heart and soul that made these people so enduring as artists. The finale is touching considering the terrible misuse and abuse that they suffered from greedy people seeking to get rich off their work. The final victory belongs to the Stooges who still reign as some of the great comic kings of America.


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