Review: ‘Fire Sale’

Fire Sale, Alan Arkin's alleged comedy is a consummate sophomoric vulgarity. Marvin Worth's production matches in crippled creativity the physical infirmities on which most of the forced and strident humor is based. Arkin and Rob Reiner head the cast as two harried sons of Vincent Gardenia, himself the henpecked husband of Kay Medford.

Fire Sale, Alan Arkin’s alleged comedy is a consummate sophomoric vulgarity. Marvin Worth’s production matches in crippled creativity the physical infirmities on which most of the forced and strident humor is based. Arkin and Rob Reiner head the cast as two harried sons of Vincent Gardenia, himself the henpecked husband of Kay Medford.

Gardenia owns a dumpy department store, Reiner his cowed assistant after Arkin years earlier departed the family circle to become a failure as a basketball coach.

Sid Caesar is appropriately offensive as a Veterans’ Hospital basket case coaxed by Gardenia into burning the store for insurance, thinking it’s a World War II German installation.

Fire Sale

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Alan Arkin; Producer Marvin Worth; Screenplay Robert Klane; Camera Ralph Woolsey; Editor Richard Halsey; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director James H. Spencer

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Alan Arkin Rob Reiner Vincent Gardenia Anjanette Comer Kay Medford Barbara Dana
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