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      Fire Sale

      PG 1977 1 hr. 28 min. Comedy List
      Reviews Benny (Vincent Gardenia) owns a department store that is approaching bankruptcy. As he prepares to go on vacation, Benny concocts a scheme to solve his financial problems: He'll get his mentally ill brother-in-law (Sid Caesar) to burn down the store and then he'll collect the insurance money. Meanwhile, Benny leaves his sons, Ezra (Alan Arkin) and Russell (Rob Reiner), in charge of the store. When they discover the money problems, his sons come up with their own solution, and chaos ensues. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen! A friend recommended it back in the 70s, and I recorded it when I got a VCR. We watched the movie dozens of times - everyone loved it, and my brother still quotes it. The cast was perfectly chosen, the silliness was amazing, and the entire concept truly funny. It ranks up there with my all-time funny favorites - Mad, Mad World and the Russians Are Coming. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Romola Costantino The Sun-Herald (Australia) This outrageous absurdity has its moments, although one needs a strong stomach for some of the sick jokes. Oct 27, 2021 Full Review Ruth Batchelor Los Angeles Free Press Fire Sale is comedy, but with so many errors it's hard to know where to begin. Oct 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Benny (Vincent Gardenia) owns a department store that is approaching bankruptcy. As he prepares to go on vacation, Benny concocts a scheme to solve his financial problems: He'll get his mentally ill brother-in-law (Sid Caesar) to burn down the store and then he'll collect the insurance money. Meanwhile, Benny leaves his sons, Ezra (Alan Arkin) and Russell (Rob Reiner), in charge of the store. When they discover the money problems, his sons come up with their own solution, and chaos ensues.
      Director
      Alan Arkin
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 2, 2015