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Biographical dramatization of the career of The Three Stooges, from the early days with Ted Healy to their 1958 resurgence after the release of their comedies to television.

Over-dramatizing, exaggeration, presenting several myths as truth, a general loose interpretation of factual events, an overabundance of Executive Producers (a couple with personal agendas)... all combined to turn this intended tribute into a huge disappointment.

Martin Csokas ('Ted Healy') is a popular leading man in Australian and European films, yet familiar to many Americans for the three LORD OF THE RINGS films, and costarring in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014).

Paul Ben-Victor ('Moe') is one of the busiest supporting actors, with big-budget films (e.g., DAREDEVIL) to his credit, as well as costarring and recurring roles on the TV series THE WIRE, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, ENTOURAGE and IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Evan Handler ('Larry') is known for costarring on SEX AND THE CITY and CALIFORNICATION, and recurring roles on the dramas LOST and THE WEST WING.

Michael Chiklis ('Curly') is an Emmy winner for his cable series THE SHIELD, past Emmy nominee for his ABC series THE COMMISH, and starred in Fox's FANTASTIC FOUR films as 'Ben Grimm, the Thing.'

John Kassir ('Shemp') is a past winner of Ed McMahon's STAR SEARCH, and a well-regarded animation voice artist (HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT) and character actor. John's participation in this film was the topic of an interview in The Three Stooges Journal # 109 (Spring 2004).

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Release Date
April 24, 2000
C3 / Columbia TriStar Television
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88 min.
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Posted 2009-08-30 07:48:43 by FourthThird
Edited 2009-08-30 07:49:20 by FourthThird

Saw a few parts of this & decided I didn't want to see the rest. Lame, lame, lame! Besides the problems already mentioned (thanks for jumping to Besser's defense, guys!), I thought some things were really rushed through. The whole Shemp era hardly gets more airtime than the Besser era; Curly-Joe doesn't get to do anything, even speak! I know there was a lot of history to go through, but these kinds of things could have been avoided.

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Posted 2007-08-10 15:07:22 by superstooge
I was pretty disappointed with this. Since I know the Stooge history inside and out, I didn't need to look anything up to figure out which were the historical inaccuracies. Ted Healy and Joe Besser's family and fans should have been outraged at the way those two men were portrayed in this film. The scene where they are shooting "Pies and Guys" where Besser refuses to take a pie in the face is insulting. All you have to do is look at the film to see that he takes a couple pies in the face. I know Healy was difficult and could be downright scary, but his portrayal in this film makes Charles Manson seem like a better choice to work for. And since when is Curly-Joe a god? In my opinion, he was the sixth best stooge, but this film treats him joining the boys as the equivalent as the second coming of Christ. All I kept thinking while watching this film was what could have been, as I thought the casting was pretty good. The Stooges deserved better.

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